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From R. F. Cooke   9 August 1875

50A, Albemarle St.

Augt. 9. 1875

My dear Sir

Please to sign the enclosed papers before a witness & return them for us to complete the registration for France & Germany.1

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas Darwin Esq


The enclosures probably related to the German and French translation rights for Insectivorous plants (Carus trans. 1876a; Barbier trans. 1877). John Murray had previously offered to negotiate translation rights in CD’s works on his behalf (see Correspondence vol. 20, letter to R. F. Cooke, [25 October 1872]). Under the terms of agreements with France and Germany, the intention to reserve copyright in translations had to be declared by the author on the title page of the work, and copies had to be registered in Paris and Berlin (see Nowell-Smith 1968, pp. 32 and 62).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

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

Nowell-Smith, Simon. 1968. International copyright law and the publisher in the reign of Queen Victoria. Oxford: Clarendon Press.


Sends papers concerned with [copyright?] registration for French and German editions [of Insectivorous plants].

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 463
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10112,” accessed on 13 July 2024,

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