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From Emile Alglave1   22 October 1869

Paris

le 22 octobre 1869

Monsieur

J’ai appris que vous alliez publier dans quelques mois un nouvel ouvrage qui comprendrait trois parties, I, Descent of Man.— II, On Sexual Selection, III Expression of the emotions.2

Je desirerais vivement qu’une partie de cet ouvrage peut etre traduite pour la Revue des cours scientifiques.3 Par la même occasion l’editeur de la Revue des cours serait très heureux de publier à sa librairie la traduction de l’ouvrage complet.4 Cette combinaison faciliterait les deux choses et assurait à votre ouvrage en France une publicite immédiate très considerable, la Revue des cours scientifiques tirant à elle seule presque autant que tous les autres periodiques scientifiques francais ensemble. La traduction francaise pourrait etre faite sur les feuilles de l’ouvrage anglais au fur et à mesure du tirage de manière à paraitre presque en même temps, et meme avant par fractions, dans la Revue des cours scientifiques.— Dans tous les cas, si vous n’acceptiez pas cette combinaison pour la publication francaise de l’ouvrage complet, rien n’empêcherait de traduire tout de même pour la Revue des cours scientifiques quelques uns des chapitres de cet ouvrage

Agreez Monsieur l’expression de mes sentiments les plus distingués | Em Alglave | directeur de la Revue des cours scientifiques

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Correspondence vol. 17, Appendix I.
Alglave had evidently seen the notice that appeared in Academy 1 (1869–70): 15–16 of Descent and Expression.
Revue des cours scientifiques de la France et de l’étranger was a weekly journal that reported on the lectures of prominent European scientists. Excerpts from Descent eventually appeared in the journal in 1871.
The publisher of Revue des cours scientifiques was J. B. Baillière et fils.

Bibliography

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

Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.

Translation

From Emile Alglave1   22 October 1869

Paris

22 October 1869

Dear Sir

I have learnt that you are going to publish a new work in a few months comprising three parts, I, Descent of Man.— II, On Sexual Selection, III Expression of the emotions.2

I should very much like to have part of this work translated for the Revue des cours scientifiques.3 By the same circumstance the publisher of the Revue des cours would be very happy to publish a translation of the complete work in his publishing house.4 This combination would facilitate both matters and would immediately assure your work extensive publicity in France, since the Revue des cours scientifiqueson its own prints nearly as many copies as all the other French scientific periodicals put together. The French translation could be made using the sheets of the English work progressively as they are printed so as to appear almost at the same time, and even earlier for some sections, in the Revue des cours scientifiques.— In any case, if you do not accept this combination for the French publication of the complete work, there is nothing to prevent the translation of some chapters from the book for the Revue des cours scientifiques anyway

Please accept, dear Sir, my most distinguished regards | Em Alglave | director of the Revue des cours scientifiques

Footnotes

For a transcription of this letter in its original German, see pp. 455–6.
Alglave had evidently seen the notice that appeared in Academy 1 (1869–70): 15–16 of Descent and Expression.
Revue des cours scientifiques de la France et de l’étranger was a weekly journal that reported on the lectures of prominent European scientists. Excerpts from Descent eventually appeared in the journal in 1871.
The publisher of Revue des cours scientifiques was J. B. Baillière et fils.

Bibliography

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

Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.

Summary

Has learned CD will soon publish a new work, in three parts: I. "Descent of man", II. "On sexual selection", and III. "Expression of the emotions"; would like to translate one part for inclusion in Revue des Cours [Littéraires et] Scientifiques, and at the same time translate and publish the complete work for France.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-6953
From
Émile Alglave
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Paris
Source of text
DAR 159: A35
Physical description
3pp (French)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6953,” accessed on 15 December 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-6953.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17

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