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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   27 August 1875

50A, Albemarle Street, London, W.

Augt. 27 1875

My dear Sir

The calculation of Animals & Plants is that

Vol 1 will make 444 pages
Vol 2 do 560 do

this is rather unequal   could you not manage to relieve Vol 2 & add to Vol 1 in dividing the work?1

Do you wish “Climbing Plants” to be published at once?2

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

C. Darwin Esq

Are stereotype plates wanted for America of “Animals & Plants” as well as “Climbing ones”?3


When published, the two volumes of Variation 2d ed. ran to 473 and 495 pages.
Climbing plants 2d ed. was, as CD had expected, not published until November 1875 (letter to J. V. Carus, 19 August 1875; Publishers’ circular, 16 November 1875, p. 932).


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.

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


The two volumes of Variation [2d ed.] are unequal in size. Can CD reduce vol. 2 and increase vol. 1?

Does CD wish to publish Climbing plants [2d ed.] at once?

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 466
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10135,” accessed on 19 June 2024,

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