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To J. V. Carus   1 July [1875]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R. [Abinger Hall, Surrey.]

July 1st

My dear Sir

I write one line to say that my book will be published in 2 or 3 days.2 The Printers, as usual, did not begin to print off, until the whole book was in type.—3 The little book on “Climbing Plants”, & the 2d Edit. of Var: under Dom: will be published early in November.—4 I am endeavouring not to add much to the latter book.— You are quite right in supposing that I have no corrections for the Origin: many are desirable, but I have no strength for so great a work.—5

I am very glad that you will prepare a translation of the Insectivorous Plants.—6

Thank you for telling me a little about your health, & I sincerely hope that you may get your southern tour.7

In Haste | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

Abinger Hall | We go home on July 6th.8


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from J. V. Carus, 28 June 1875.
Insectivorous plants was published by John Murray on 2 July 1875 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).
The printers were William Clowes & Sons.
Climbing plants 2d ed. was published in the first half of November 1875 (Publishers’ circular, 16 November 1875, p. 932). Variation 2d ed. was published in the second half of February 1876 (Publishers’ circular, 1 March 1876, p. 168); however, it carried an 1875 publication date.
Origin 6th ed. (1872) was the last revision of Origin published in CD’s lifetime; however, John Murray issued a reprint with minor textual corrections in 1876 (see Freeman 1977, pp. 86–7).
Carus offered to translate Insectivorous plants in his letter of 28 June 1875. The German translation was Carus trans. 1876a.
CD stayed at Abinger Hall, the home of Thomas Henry Farrer, from 3 June to 6 July 1875 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).


Climbing plants 2d ed.: The movements and habits of climbing plants. 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

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

Origin 6th ed.: The origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.

Variation 2d ed.: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875.


Insectivorous plants to be published in two or three days.

Climbing plants and 2d ed. of Variation will be published early in November.

Has no strength for corrections for the new printing of Origin, though many are desired.

Pleased that JVC will translate Insectivorous plants.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Julius Victor Carus
Sent from
Abinger Hall
Source of text
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 145–146)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10038,” accessed on 8 December 2023,

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