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Darwin Correspondence Project

To ?   13 December [1869]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Dec. 13

Dear Sir

Will you be so good as to inform Mr Duncker that I have given the right of Translation of my next book, with all profit from such right, to Profr. Victor Carus of Leipzig; so that Mr. D, if, he thinks fit, may communicate direct with him.— I imagine that he will publish with Herr Koch of Stuttgart.— My book will not be ready for a considerable time.2

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. V. Carus, 30 October 1869 (Correspondence vol. 17).
Alexander Duncker was a German publisher. CD’s next book was Descent, published in 1871. He had asked Julius Victor Carus to translate it, but left the final choice of publisher to Carus (Correspondence vol. 17, letter to J. V. Carus, 9 November [1869]). Eduard Koch of E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung was Carus’s usual publisher, and did in fact publish the German translation of Descent (Carus trans. 1871).


Carus, Julius Victor, trans. 1871. Die Abstammung des Menschen und die geschlechtliche Zuchtwahl. By Charles Darwin. (German translation of Descent.) 2 vols. Stuttgart: E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagshandlung.

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


Has given the right of translation [of Descent] to Julius Victor Carus of Leipzig, so the recipient should inform Alexander Duncker to communicate with JVC.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
The National Library of Israel (Abraham Schwadron collection, Schwad 03 04 07)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7028F,” accessed on 19 May 2024,