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From Williams & Norgate   2 June 1868

14, Henrietta-Street, Covent-Garden. | London, W.C.

June 2 1868.

Ch. Darwin Esq

Dear Sir

We have ordered for you a copy of Seltegast, Thierzucht. We have not yet heard of a copy of Audubon’s Ornithol. Biogr. but are still looking out for one. Jerdon’s Birds of India we have advertized for but have not yet had a copy offered to us.1

We remain, Dear Sir | Your obedt Servant | for William & Norgate [S. Derbyshire] 2


The booksellers and publishers Williams & Norgate specialised in foreign scientific literature. The references are to Hermann Settegast and Settegast 1868, John James Audubon and Audubon 1831–[9], and Thomas Claverhill Jerdon and Jerdon 1862–4. Audubon 1831–[9] and Jerdon 1862–4 are cited frequently in Descent. There is an annotated copy of Audubon 1831–[9] in the Darwin Library–CUL (see Marginalia 1: 21–3), and a lightly annotated copy of Settegast 1868 in the Darwin Libary–Down (see Marginalia 1: 754).
The signature is barely legible. Derbyshire, if that is his name, has not been further identified.


Jerdon, Thomas Claverhill. 1862–4. The birds of India; being a natural history of all the birds known to inhabit continental India, with descriptions of the species, genera, families, tribes, and orders, and a brief notice of such families as are not found in India, making it a manual of ornithology specially adapted for India. 2 vols. in 3. Calcutta: the author.

Marginalia: Charles Darwin’s marginalia. Edited by Mario A. Di Gregorio with the assistance of Nicholas W. Gill. Vol. 1. New York and London: Garland Publishing. 1990.

Settegast, Hermann Gustav. 1868. Die Thierzucht. Breslau: Wilh. Gottl. Korn.


Progress of CD’s order for certain books.

Letter details

Letter no.
Williams & Norgate
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Henrietta St, 14
Source of text
DAR 96: 48
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6222,” accessed on 17 May 2022,

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