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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   28 June 1875

50A, Albemarle Street, London. W.

June 28 1875

My dear Sir

The price of your new work shall not exceed 14/–1

Our only wish was to obtain a better return for you, which 1/– more would give.

The other copies will not look so clumsy as the one I sent which was not properly pressed.

Did you not quote a price to Appletons, as to what the set of stereotype plates would cost them, & was it £50 or less.?2

The Foreign copies shall not be posted before Thursday or Friday.3

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esq

CD annotations

Top of letter: ‘a little over 68 | a little over 78 distributed evenly | 612/8pencil


CD had requested that the price of Insectivorous plants be reduced from 15s. to 14s. (see letter to R. F. Cooke, 27 June [1875]).
CD had asked Cooke to organise production of stereotype plates for his US publisher, D. Appleton & Co., in his letter to Cooke of 24 June [1875]. In a letter to Cooke of 23 May [1875], CD had suggested charging £60.
CD had suggested waiting until after Thursday 1 July 1875 to send foreign presentation copies of Insectivorous plants since changes to postage rates would come into effect then (see letter to R. F. Cooke, 27 June [1875] and n. 3).


Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.


Agrees to price Insectivorous plants at 14s.

Has CD quoted a price for stereotype plates to D. Appleton?

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 458
Physical description
ALS 2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10034,” accessed on 13 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23