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From Eduard Koch1   11 December 1867

Geehrter Herr!

Im Besitz Ihres sehr geehrten Briefes vom 22 Novem. habe ich heute das Vergnügen Ihnen den I Band in zwei Exemplaren per Post zugehen zu lassen.2

Die in Auftrag gegebenen Freiexemplare werden wir bestens besorgen und seiner Zeit auch den zweiten Band nachsenden.3

Für die Zusicherung des Uebersetzungs Rechts auch Ihrer spaeter erscheinenden Werke sage ich Ihnen meinen besten Dank und werde ich stets bestrebt sein durch eine dem Gegenstand würdige Ausstattung Ihre volle Zufriedenheit zu erwerben.4

Mit der Uebersetzung des zweiten Bandes hat H Prof. Carus bereits begonnen und hoffe ich Ihnen bis Maerz oder April 1868 den fertigen Band vorlegen zu koennen.5

Ich bitte mir umgehend gefälligst mittheilen zu wollen bis wann das Werk in England ausgegeben wird;6 bei den eigenthümlichen deutschen Verhaeltnissen sollte ich nothwendig das Werk noch dieses Jahr ausgeben,7 da bei Ausgabe nach Neujahr eine Uebersicht des Absatzes erst 1869 erfolgen koennte. Sie würden mich also durch baldigste Mittheilung sehr erfreuen.

Empfangen Sie zum Schluss die Versicherung meine vorzüglichsten Hochachtung und Verehrung | E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagshdg | Eduard Koch

Stuttgart den 11 Dez. 1867

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Correspondence vol. 15, Appendix I.
In his letter to E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung of 22 November [1867], CD had requested only one copy of the German edition of Variation (Carus trans. 1868) for himself.
CD had enclosed a list of recipients of presentation copies of Carus trans. 1868 in his letter to E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 22 November [1867]. This list was supplemented with the names of Carl Gegenbauer, Hermann Müller, and Rudolf Carl Virchow in the version retained by CD (DAR 210.11: 33).
Koch evidently misunderstood CD’s letter of 22 November [1867]. CD had stated that Koch’s firm had translation rights for his ‘present & previous works’.
Julius Victor Carus was translating Variation into German; the translation was published in two volumes.
Variation was published on 30 January 1868 (Freeman 1967).
The year 1868 appears on the title pages of both volumes of Carus trans. 1868.

Translation

From Eduard Koch1   11 December 1867

Honoured Sir!

Having your very honoured letter of 22 Nov. to hand, I am pleased to have two copies of the first volume sent to you today.2

We will take care of distributing presentation copies as directed and will also send out the second volume in due course.3

You have my sincere thanks for the assurance of translation rights for your later works, and I will always strive to earn your total satisfaction by producing the work to a high standard.4

Prof. Carus has already started on the translation of the second volume and I hope to be able to send the completed volume to you in March or April 1868.5

Please inform me at your earliest convenience when the work is to be published in England;6 due to peculiar German circumstances, I must necessarily publish it this year,7 since publication after New Year would mean that a general idea of sales would only be possible in 1869. Your earliest reply would therefore please me very much.

In closing, please accept the assurance of my highest respect and admiration | E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagshdg | Eduard Koch

Stuttgart 11 Dec. 1867

Footnotes

For a transcription of this letter in its original German, see p. 479.
In his letter to E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung of 22 November [1867], CD had requested only one copy of the German edition of Variation (Carus trans. 1868) for himself.
CD had enclosed a list of recipients of presentation copies of Carus trans. 1868 in his letter to E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 22 November [1867]. This list was supplemented with the names of Carl Gegenbauer, Hermann Müller, and Rudolf Carl Virchow in the version retained by CD (DAR 210.11: 33).
Koch evidently misunderstood CD’s letter of 22 November [1867]. CD had stated that Koch’s firm had translation rights for his ‘present & previous works’.
Julius Victor Carus was translating Variation into German; the translation was published in two volumes.
Variation was published on 30 January 1868 (Freeman 1967).
The year 1868 appears on the title pages of both volumes of Carus trans. 1868.

Summary

He is sending two copies of vol. 1 of German edition of Variation. Thanks CD for rights to translate future works. Carus has begun translation of second volume. Asks when English edition will appear.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-5726
From
Eduard Koch; E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Stuttgart
Source of text
DAR 169: 42
Physical description
2pp (German)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5726,” accessed on 24 July 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-5726.xml

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

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