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From D. Appleton & Co. to Asa Gray   1 February 1867

Statement of Sales of Darwin’s Origin of Species1 to 1st Feby 1867 by D. APPLETON & CO., for account of Asa Gray On hand last account, 290 On hand this date, 148 Printed since, 100 Given away,

Sold to date, 242

390 390 Sold 242 Copies. $250 Rate 5% $30.25

Bal Jany 1/66 85.61



The presence of the statement in the Darwin Archive–CUL indicates that Gray sent it to CD; Gray sent the previous year’s statement as well, and may have enclosed it with his letter of 18 July 1866 (see Correspondence vol. 14). CD sent a letter to Gray on 28 February 1867 that has not been found (see letter from Asa Gray, 26 March 1867), and Gray may have included the statement in a letter to CD of early February that also has not been found. For more on the sale of the US edition of Origin, see Correspondence vol. 14, letter from Asa Gray, 7 May 1866 and n. 3.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

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.


Statement of sales of U. S. edition of Origin.

Letter details

Letter no.
D. Appleton & Co
Asa Gray
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 159: A81
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5387,” accessed on 16 December 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15