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From R. F. Cooke   10 August 1875

50A, Albemarle St. | W.

Augt. 10. 1875

My dear Sir

Mr Clowes1 has been here today with his specimens of type for “Variations” & I now enclose them to you.

The page of No 1 is in the same type as “Insectivorous Plants”, but is wider & less spaced out, so as to get in more.2

I am inclined myself to No 2, if you dont dislike the various types.

As to “Climbing Plants” I suppose we had better keep it up in type & print off 1500 No, taking off a set of stereotypes for Appletons.3

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas Darwin Esq

CD annotations

Top of letter: ‘When send 1st. Vol.’ pencil


The page-proofs of the second edition of Variation are in DAR 213.11 together with eight pages in a more widely spaced type. See also letter from R. F. Cooke, 6 August 1875 and n. 3.
The US edition of Climbing plants was published by D. Appleton & Co. in 1876 from stereotypes of Climbing plants 2d ed. provided by John Murray (Freeman 1977; see also letter from R. F. Cooke, 3 August 1875).


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

Climbing plants: On the movements and habits of climbing plants. By Charles Darwin. London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green; Williams & Norgate. 1865.

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.

Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


Encloses specimens of type for Variation [2d ed.].

Thinks Climbing plants [2d ed.] had better be kept in type; 1500 copies to be printed, with stereotypes to be made for Appleton.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 464
Physical description
ALS 2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10113,” accessed on 18 April 2024,

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