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Darwin Correspondence Project

To a Bookseller   13 [May 1860]



Dear Sir

Be so good as to send to 6 Queen Anne St.1 the numbers last published of the “North British Review” & of “Dublin Magazine of Natural History.”—2

Please enquire if a French Translation has ever appeared of “Unger’s, Versuch einer Geschichte der Pflanzen-Welt 1852”3 And if such Translation has appeared, please order it for me.—

Yours | C. Darwin

kindly inform me if there be no Translation—


The street numbers in Queen Anne Street were changed in the spring of 1860. The number of Erasmus Alvey Darwin’s house had formerly been 57.
There were unsigned reviews of Origin in the North British Review 32 (1860): 455–86 ([Duns] 1860) and in the Natural History Review 7 (1860): 23–32 ([Haughton] 1860b). CD wrote the names of the authors on his copies of the reviews, which are in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.
Unger 1852. There is a copy of the work in the Darwin Library–CUL. Apparently no French translation of the work was ever issued. The recipient of the letter wrote ‘no’ next to CD’s request. CD had recorded the work in the ‘books to be read’ section of his reading notebook in 1852 (see Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix IV, 128: 182).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

[Duns, John.] 1860. On the Origin of species. North British Review 32: 455–86.

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.


Orders latest issues of North British Review and Dublin Magazine of Natural History. Also would like an order placed for him for a French translation of F. Unger, Versuch einer Geschichte der Pflanzen-Welt [1852], if such a translation has appeared.

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Charles Robert Darwin
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American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2797,” accessed on 25 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 8