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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   16 July 1875

50A, Albemarle Street, London, W.

July 16 1875

My dear Sir

As you know we printed 1250 Copies of your new work to begin with & since then a reprint of 1000 copies, to be ready for the binder on Monday next, & when they are bound up lo & behold they are all bespoke.!!!1

We are therefore sending the work to press again with 750 Copies, making up in all 3000 Copies.

All of which we hope has your approval. Have you discovered any errors of the press.

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esq

Mudie’s Library took 100 & have come for 50 more so it is reading well2

Simpkin & Co subscribed for 250 & have now doubled their order3


On the first and second printings of Insectivorous plants, see the letter from R. F. Cooke, 3 July 1875, and the letter to R. F. Cooke, 4 July [1875] and n. 2.
Mudie’s Select Library was a large commercial library that lent books to subscribers by post (EB).
Simpkin, Marshall and Company was a wholesale firm that purchased large quantities of books and supplied other booksellers in London and the provinces (Feather 2006, p. 95).


EB: The Encyclopædia Britannica. A dictionary of arts, sciences, literature and general information. 11th edition. 29 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1910–11.

Feather, John. 2006. A history of British publishing. 2d edition. London: Routledge.

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


The second printing of 1000 copies [of Insectivorous plants] has sold out. Will print 750 more [3000 in all]. Mudie’s Library and Simpkin & Co. have ordered more copies.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 457
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10071,” accessed on 8 June 2023,

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