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Darwin Correspondence Project

From D. Appleton & Co.   16 August 1875

549 & 551 Broadway, N.Y.

Aug 16. 1875

Charles Darwin Esq

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 4th is just at hand.1 We shall be very glad to receive from Mr. Murray the stereotype plates of yr work on ‘the Habits & movements of climbing plates” on the same terms as before— We only got ready ‘the Insectivorous Plates’ for publication on the 14th.2 There was a fair demand but the season is not favourable. We have no doubt it will do well in the autumn  There appeared about ten days ago a very long & favourable review of the work in the New York Times.3 We will try & find the paper & send it to you  You will notice enclosed an extract from it which we used in our advertisement4

We would like to publish “Animals & Plants under Domestication” & we will approach Judd & Co, on the subject— We should be obliged to purchase his plates & could we make any use of them in the new edition?5

We remain | very faithfully | D. Appleton & Co.


No letter from CD to D. Appleton & Co. of 4 August 1875 has been found.
Appleton published both Climbing plants US ed. and Insectivorous plants US ed., using stereotypes of the English editions provided by John Murray. See letter from R. F. Cooke, 3 August 1875.
The review appeared in the New York Times, 29 July 1875; CD’s copy is in DAR 139.18: 8.
The enclosure has not been found.
Variation US ed. had been published in 1868 by Orange Judd & Co.; Appleton published Variation 2d US ed. in 1876. Orange Judd & Co. had reset the book to conform to their usual format and then stereotyped the printing plates (see Correspondence vol. 16, letter from George Thurber, 18–20 April 1868, and Correspondence vol. 17, letter from Orange Judd & Co., 21 April 1869).


Climbing plants US ed.: The movements and habits of climbing plants. 2d edition, revised. By Charles Darwin. New York: D. Appleton. 1876.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Insectivorous plants US ed. By Charles Darwin. New York: D. Appleton & Co. 1875.

Variation 2d US ed.: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. New York: D. Appleton. 1876.

Variation US ed.: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. New York: Orange Judd & Co. [1868.]


Accepts offer of stereotype plates from Murray for Climbing plants, and will give same terms.

Has only just made Insectivorous plants ready. Long and favourable review just appeared in Times.

Wants to publish Variation and so will approach Judd & Co. [publishers of first U. S. edition (1868)].

Letter details

Letter no.
D. Appleton & Co
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
New York
Source of text
DAR 159: A95
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10121,” accessed on 16 May 2021,

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