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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. V. Carus   10 December [1867]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Dec. 10th

My dear Sir

If not too late for 1st vol, then append to 2d vol. the following errata.2 The last one is an extraordinary & quite unintelligible blunder on my part.

In haste believe me   yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

Vol I. p. 104. Transpose foot-notes 4 & 5.

Vol I. p. 275 (7 lines from bottom) for Phasianus

amherstii read Phas. amherstiæ.

Vol I. p. 282, (14 lines from bottom) for Tadorna

Ægyptiaca read Anser Ægyptiacus.—3

You will have received all sheets of Vol. 2, except last two & index & title pages.— The book is delayed by the index-maker.—4


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from W. S. Dallas, 8 December 1867.
The errors listed by CD were in the proof-sheets of Variation and were identified by William Sweetland Dallas, who was indexing the work. See letter from W. S. Dallas, 8 December 1867 and nn. 1–3.
The corrections were not incorporated into the first German edition (Carus trans. 1868, 1: 130, 342, 351), but were incorporated into the second (Carus trans. 1873, 1: 114–15, 306, 314); ‘Anser Ægyptiacus’ was printed as ‘Anser aegyptica’. These names are synonyms of Alopochen aegyptiaca (the Egyptian goose).
See n. 2, above.


Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


Sends errata for German edition of Variation.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5721,” accessed on 30 September 2023,

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