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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   12 August 1875

50A, Albemarle St. London | W.

Aug 12. 1875

My dear Sir

If you can release Vol 1 of the “Variations” of course it wd. be a great advantage to begin at once, while the printers are slack of work.

We will print off 1500 No of “Climbing Plants” & stereotype the work.

Then comes the knotty point as to what we are to do in regard to Variations?1

Yrs faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esq


See letter from R. F. Cooke, 10 August 1875. The printers William Clowes & Sons had provided two specimens of possible type-faces for Variation 2d ed. Variation 2d ed. was published in February 1876 (Publishers’ circular, 1 March 1876, p. 168), although it carries an 1875 imprint. Stereotype plates of Climbing plants 2d ed. were provided by the publisher, John Murray, for the US edition (Freeman 1977).


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.

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


It would be an advantage to start printing vol. 1 of Variation [2d ed.] at once, if CD can release it. Knotty problem: the number of copies to be printed.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 465
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10116,” accessed on 3 August 2020,

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