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To Williams & Norgate   [before 4 September 1880]1


(Comparative Embryology by F. M. Balfour) (Macmillan & Co)

(The Brain as an Organ of Mind by Dr. Bastian (Kegan Paul & Co))2

When the Translation of Semper’s book on Biology in the International Series comes out, please send it3

C. Darwin


This note was sold as part of a collection of items from CD to Williams & Norgate; CD regularly purchased books from the firm. The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to F. M. Balfour, 4 September 1880.
The first volume of Balfour 1880–1 was published between 1 and 14 June 1880 (Publishers’ Circular (1880): 453). Bastian 1880, by Henry Charlton Bastian, was published between 16 and 31 May 1880 (ibid., p. 415). CD’s copies of both works are in the Darwin Library–Down.
Semper 1881, by Carl Gottfried Semper, was published by C. Kegan Paul & Co. as volume 31 of the International Scientific Series; CD’s copy is the Darwin Library–CUL. CD had read proof-sheets of the German edition (Semper 1880; see Correspondence vol. 27, letter to C. G. Semper, 2 October 1879).


Balfour, Francis Maitland. 1880–1. A treatise on comparative embryology. 2 vols. London: Macmillan & Co.

Bastian, Henry Charlton. 1880. The brain as an organ of mind. London: C. Kegan Paul & Co.

Semper, Karl. 1880. Die natürlichen Existenzbedingungen der Thiere. 2 vols. Leipzig: F. A. Brockhaus.

Semper, Karl. 1881. The natural conditions of existence as they affect animal life. London: C. Kegan Paul & Co.


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Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Williams & Norgate
Sent from
Source of text
Sotheby’s (dealers) (11 July 2017)
Physical description
ALS 1p inc

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12390F,” accessed on 13 September 2023,