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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   12 October 1877

50A, Albemarle Street, London. W.

Oct. 12 1877

My dear Sir

We shall require to work off another edition of “Origin of Species” to supply our anticipated order at our Trade dinner next month, as we have under 200 copies remaining.1

Have you any corrections for Messrs. Clowes?2

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esq


CD’s publisher, John Murray, held a sale dinner each November for the book trade (J. Murray 1908–9, p. 540). CD made no further changes to the text of Origin after the 1876 printing of the sixth edition (Freeman 1977, p. 87).
William Clowes & Sons were Murray’s printers.


Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

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

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


Another issue of Origin will be needed for Murray’s annual sale. Has CD any corrections?

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 492
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11181,” accessed on 24 May 2024,