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From D. Appleton & Co. to Asa Gray   1 February 1868

Statement of Sales of Darwin’s Origin of Species1 | 1st Feby 1868

by D. APPLETON & CO. for account of Asa Gray

On hand last account.... 148 On hand this date.... 350
Printed since.... .... . 500 Given away.... ....
Sold to date .... .... 298
648 648
Sold 298 Copies. $250 Rate 5% $ 37.25
Jany 1/67 By Balance 115.86


This statement gives sales figures for the US edition of Origin. Gray had negotiated the original terms of publication of the book with Appleton & Co. (see Correspondence vol. 8, Appendix IV). Gray may have enclosed the statement in his letter of 24 February 1868, or his letter of 25 February [1868].


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


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: 82
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5833,” accessed on 9 July 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16