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To Smith, Elder & Co.   21 August [1876]

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

Aug. 21st

Dear Sir

The Maps do excellently & are returned by this post—1

I beg leave to call your attention to the paper on which the long map in the Coral Reefs has been printed. My copy has not been much used (indeed very little) & already it is separating along the lines of folding.2 If thinner & tougher paper were used it wd be very much better.—

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin

Footnotes

Smith, Elder & Co. were producing a new combined edition of Volcanic islands and South America, with the title Geological observations on the volcanic islands and parts of South America visited during the voyage of HMS ‘Beagle’ (Geological observations 2d ed.). The maps were made from woodblocks borrowed from the Geological Society of London (see letter to Smith, Elder & Co., 15 May 1876 and n. 1).
In Coral reefs 2d ed. (published by Smith, Elder & Co. in 1874), pl. 3, showing an overview of the distribution of coral reefs, was a long foldout insertion placed before the frontispiece; when folded up, it had one horizontal and six vertical folds.

Bibliography

Coral reefs 2d ed.: The structure and distribution of coral reefs. By Charles Darwin. Revised edition. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1874.

Geological observations 2d ed.: Geological observations on the volcanic islands and parts of South America visited during the voyage of H.M.S. ‘Beagle’. By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1876.

South America: Geological observations on South America. Being the third part of the geology of the voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN, during the years 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1846.

Volcanic islands: Geological observations on the volcanic islands, visited during the voyage of HMS Beagle, together with some brief notices on the geology of Australia and the Cape of Good Hope. Being the second part of the geology of the voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN, during the years 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1844.

Summary

Asks for tougher paper to be used for maps in Coral reefs, 2d ed.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-10582
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Smith, Elder & Co
Sent from
Down
Postmark
AU 21 76
Source of text
Lehigh University Libraries Special Collections (Honeyman Collection)
Physical description
1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10582,” accessed on 3 June 2020, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-10582.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24

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