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From R. F. Cooke   25 October 1875

50A, Albemarle Street, London. W.

Octr. 25 1875

My dear Sir

The Stereotype plates of “Climbing Plants” were sent off to Appleton’s agent, on the 16th.1

We will at once send out yr copies & the Press copies of the work & shall issue it to the Booksellers about the 10th. of November.2

Yes, the “Orchids” is enquired for & I have no doubt a new edition revised would be desirable & would move off quicker than the last edition because we shall be able to advertise an Uniform edition then of your works.3

You say nothing as to the proposed prices of Climbing Plants 6/– & Variations 18/– but I suppose “silence means assent”.4

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esq


See letter to R. F. Cooke, 23 October [1875] and n. 3. Charles Layton was the agent of the US publisher D. Appleton & Co.
See letter to R. F. Cooke, 23 October [1875] and n. 7. The first edition of Orchids had been published by John Murray in 1862.
See letter from R. F. Cooke, 22 October 1875. CD often commented on both the price and quality of his books (see, for example, Correspondence vol. 22, letter to R. F. Cooke, 10 April [1874]).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Orchids: On the various contrivances by which British and foreign orchids are fertilised by insects, and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862.


Stereotype plates of Climbing plants sent to D. Appleton’s agent.

A revised edition of Orchids would be desirable.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 476
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10224,” accessed on 8 June 2023,

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