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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   3 September 1875

50A, Albemarle Street, London, W.

Septr. 3 1875

My dear Sir

As we are to stereotype the new edition of “Animals & Plants” it does not so much matter about the answer from America, as we shall always have the means of doing so.1

When authors want to make many corrections & have more margin to do so we are in the habit of sending their proofs out in slips such as the printed matter I know enclose to show you. This saves much expense also, as it is the corrections made on the proofs after the pages have been formed that are so expensive.2

I think we had better keep the publication of the “Climbing Plants” for our Annual Trade Sale as it is now so late in the season.3

I shall not be here after Monday, for a few weeks.

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esq


The first US edition of Variation had been published by Orange Judd & Co. CD was uncertain whether the second US edition could be published by D. Appleton & Co. (see letter to R. F. Cooke, 1 September [1875]).
Like other leading publishers, John Murray held a sale dinner in November at which the principal booksellers were allowed to purchase stock on favourable terms (see Murray 1908–9, p. 540). Climbing plants was published around 10 November 1875 (letter from R. F. Cooke, 25 October 1875).


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

Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. Science Progress in the Twentieth Century 3: 537–42.

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


Since the new edition of Variation will be stereotyped, Murray’s will always have means to provide plates if they are wanted in America.

Explains their way of sending proofs for authors who want wide margins for corrections.

Thinks it better to keep Climbing plants for the annual trade sale.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 469
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10151,” accessed on 20 April 2024,

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