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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   23 November 1875

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

Nov 23. 75

My dear Sir

I return with many thanks the receipts signed, and am obliged to you for saving me so much trouble.1 Please always let me hear when more copies of any of my books are struck off, as there may be errors to correct. Can you find out from your books, how many copies of the ‘Origin’ have been printed from the first, as I shall soon want to know for the list of my books in the new Edit of ‘Var: under Dom’: The number seems to me a good puff.—2

I enclose a cheque for yr account which please return receipted, & you then can let me know about the ‘Origin’. You have been very handsome about presentation copies of ‘Insectivorous Plants’3

My dear Sir | Yrs very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


A list of CD’s publications appeared on the verso of the title page of Variation 2d ed. Origin 6th ed. was listed as the seventeenth thousand.
CD had asked Murray to send his account for copies of Insectivorous plants distributed on CD’s behalf, deducting CD’s own presentation copies, which were free (see letter to John Murray, 20 November 1875).


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

Origin 6th ed.: The origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.

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


Asks to be informed whenever more copies of his books are printed, as there may be errors to correct.

Asks how many copies of Origin have been printed "from the first". The number will be "a good puff" when listed in the new edition of Variation.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 316–17)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10272,” accessed on 24 January 2020,

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