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Darwin Correspondence Project

To William Clowes & Sons   7 October [1876]1

Bassett | Southampton

Oct 7th

Dear Sir

The type &c. will do very well for my book on Orchids.2 I cannot remember at all how many pages the first Edit. contained & I have no copy here.—3 Therefore before you actually begin to set up, it would be adviseable to inform Mr. Murray that the new Edit will be about 300 pages, & whether he approves of this.4 I shall not be up for correcting until my present book is finished & I have had 3 or 4 days rest.5

The proofs in hand shall be proceeded with tomorrow

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin

Footnotes

The year is established by the reference to Orchids 2d ed. (see n. 2, below).
CD had begun work on Orchids 2d ed. on 5 May 1876 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)). The book was set in smaller type than that of the first edition; it was published in January 1877 (Publishers’ circular, 1 February 1877, p. 93).
Orchids was 365 pages long.
As published by John Murray, Orchids 2d ed. was 300 pages long.
CD was correcting proof-sheets of Cross and self fertilisation (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).

Bibliography

Cross and self fertilisation: The effects of cross and self fertilisation in the vegetable kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876.

Orchids 2d ed.: The various contrivances by which orchids are fertilised by insects. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition, revised. London: John Murray. 1877.

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.

Summary

Approves the type for Orchids [2d ed.]. The printer should advise Murray that it will be 300 pages.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10634,” accessed on 17 May 2021, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-10634.xml

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

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