skip to content

Darwin Correspondence Project

To ?   19 December [1852 or 1854]

Down Farnborough Kent

Dec. 19th

Dear Sir

I am much obliged for your note of the 16th. The Ray Socy. has already given me 22 copies,1 so I have no cause to complain. Should you hear of any copy on sale will you be so kind as to immediately inform me of the Price.—2

Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


See letter to Edwin Lankester, 30 January [1852]. In that letter only twenty presentation copies were mentioned. CD’s list of presentation copies also indicates that twenty copies were available (MS attached to CD’s copy of Living Cirripedia (1854) in the Cambridge University Library). The twenty-two copies referred to here may include those due to CD as a subscriber to the Ray Society.
Ray Society publications were sold by subscription and not through booksellers. A list of subscribers was usually bound into the backs of Ray Society volumes.


Living Cirripedia (1854): A monograph of the sub-class Cirripedia, with figures of all the species. The Balanidæ (or sessile cirripedes); the Verrucidæ, etc. By Charles Darwin. London: Ray Society. 1854.


Ray Society has given CD 22 copies [of Living Cirripedia, vol. 1].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.100)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1464,” accessed on 18 May 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5