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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. V. Carus   19 August 1875

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Aug 19. 75

My dear Sir

I enclose some errata in Insectivorous Plants  I am now correcting the proof sheets of my “Climbing Plants” which will be published early in November and is I think worth translation.1

At the same time a new & much corrected Edit of my Variation under Domestication will be published; and should a new German edit ever be wanted, I hope that you will correct it.2 I will keep the old proof-sheets, which may guide you to the parts which are materially altered. This work will never be altered again.

I hope that you are enjoying your holiday & that it will do your health good3

My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


Carus had agreed to translate Insectivorous plants into German (Carus trans. 1876a; see letter from J. V. Carus, 28 June 1875). Climbing plants 2d ed. was published in the first half of November 1875 (Publishers’ circular, 16 November 1875, p. 932); Carus’s translation appeared in 1876 (Carus trans. 1876b).
Variation 2d ed. has an 1875 imprint but was published in the second half of February 1876 (Publishers’ circular, 1 March 1876, p. 168). A second German edition, based on the corrected first English edition, had been published in 1873 (Carus trans. 1873), so the new German edition was the third (Carus trans. 1878a).
Carus suffered from breathing difficulties and had planned to visit a spa (see letter from J. V. Carus, 28 June 1875).


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

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

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


Sends errata in Insectivorous plants.

Is correcting proofs of [2d ed. of] Climbing plants, to be published in November. It is, he thinks, worth translating.

A second, much corrected, edition of Variation also will be published.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10126,” accessed on 16 May 2021,

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