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From Giovanni Canestrini1   21 April 1870

Padova

21/4 1870

Hochgeehrtester Herr,

Ich habe bis jetzt die Antwort auf Ihr werthes Schreiben verzögert, weil ich Ihnen Nachrichten von der italienischen Übersetzung Ihres letzten werthvollen Werkes geben wollte.2

Mit Herrn Zanichelli3 in Bologna sind hinsichtlich der Auflage der Übersetzung Unannehmlichkeiten entstanden und die Übersetzung blieb bis jetzt unthätig. Die Sache ist nun mit einem andern Aufläger abgemacht worden, nämlich mit Herrn Vincenzi4 in Modena und der Druck ist bereits begonnen. Als Autor der Übersetzung erscheint ein Schüler von mir, nämlich Dr Bonizzi,5 der auch thatsächlich die letzen Capitel übersetzt hat. Herr Vincenzi in Modena wird nun recht bald den Werth der Stereotipen an Ihren Buchhändler bezahlen. Est ist mir leid, dass dies so spät geschieht.6

Sobald die Übersetzung wird erschienen sein, werde ich Sorge tragen, dass eine Copie allsogleich an Sie geschickt werde.

In ein Paar Wochen werde ich so frei sein, Ihnen eine meiner Arbeiten zu schicken, wo ich die natürliche Abstammung des Menschen vertheidige, gestützt besonders 1. auf die abnormen Charaktäre des Menschen, 2. auf die rudimentären Organe, 3. auf die sehr alten (vorhistorischen) Schädelformen und 4. auf die embryologischen Charactäre.7

Ihre Theorie von der Abstammung der Species hat hier sehr grosse Fortschritte gemacht und gewinnt täglich mehr Anhänger. Wie die Übersetzung Ihres ersten Werkes vieles geleistet hat, so hoffe ich wird auch die des zweiten Werkes vieles thun.8

Mit aller Hochachtung zeichne ich mich | ergebenster | Dr. Joh. Canestrini | Prof. der Universität | Padova

Footnotes

For a translation of this letter, see Correspondence vol. 18, Appendix I.
CD’s letter to Canestrini has not been found. Canestrini refers to Variation.
Nicola Zanichelli.
Mr Vincenzi has not been further identified.
Paolo Bonizzi.
In the event, Canestrini’s translation of Variation (Canestrini trans. 1876, based on the second English edition) was published by Unione Typografico-Editrice in Turin.
There is a copy of Canestrini’s Origine dell’uomo (Canestrini 1870) in the Darwin Library–Down.
Canestrini and Leonardo Salimbeni had translated Origin into Italian in 1864. On the reception of Darwinism in Italy, see Corsi and Weindling 1985 and Pancaldi 1991.

Bibliography

Canestrini, Giovanni. 1870. Origine dell’uomo. 2d edition. Milan: Gaetano Brigola.

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

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.

Pancaldi, Giuliano. 1991. Darwin in Italy. Science across cultural frontiers. Translated by Ruey Brodine Morelli. Updated and expanded edition. Bloomington and Indianapolis, Ind.: Indiana University Press.

Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.

Translation

From Giovanni Canestrini1   21 April 1870

Padua

21/4 1870

Dear Sir,

I have delayed my reply to your esteemed letter until now because I wanted to give you news about the Italian translation of your latest valuable work.2

There have been some difficulties with Mr Zanichelli3 in Bologna, regarding the edition of the translation, and the translation has until now remained undone. We have now an agreement with another publisher, namely Mr Vincenzi4 in Modena, and the printing has already started. The named author of the translation is a pupil of mine, namely Dr Bonizzi,5 who has indeed translated the last chapters. Mr Vincenzi in Modena will very soon settle the value of the stereotypes with your publisher. I am sorry about the delay.6

As soon as the translation appears, I will make certain that a copy is dispatched to you without delay.

In a few weeks I shall take the liberty to send you one of my works, in which I defend the natural origin of man, based especially 1. on the abnormal characteristics of man, 2. on the rudimentary organs, 3. on the very old (prehistoric) shapes of the skull, and 4. on embryological characteristics.7

Your theory of the origin of species has made great strides here and is winning more supporters every day. Just as the translation of your first work has achieved much, so I hope that that of the second will also do much.8

I remain most respectfully | your most devoted | Dr. J. Canestrini | professor at the university of Padua

Footnotes

For a transcription of this letter in its original German, see p. QQQQ.
CD’s letter to Canestrini has not been found. Canestrini refers to Variation.
Nicola Zanichelli.
Mr Vincenzi has not been further identified.
Paolo Bonizzi.
In the event, Canestrini’s translation of Variation (Canestrini trans. 1876, based on the second English edition) was published by Unione Typografico-Editrice in Turin.
There is a copy of Canestrini’s Origine dell’uomo (Canestrini 1870) in the Darwin Library–Down.
Canestrini and Leonardo Salimbeni had translated Origin into Italian in 1864. On the reception of Darwinism in Italy, see Corsi and Weindling 1985 and Pancaldi 1991.

Bibliography

Canestrini, Giovanni. 1870. Origine dell’uomo. 2d edition. Milan: Gaetano Brigola.

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

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.

Pancaldi, Giuliano. 1991. Darwin in Italy. Science across cultural frontiers. Translated by Ruey Brodine Morelli. Updated and expanded edition. Bloomington and Indianapolis, Ind.: Indiana University Press.

Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.

Summary

Italian translation [of Variation] is delayed, but printing should begin soon.

Will send CD one of his writings in which he defends the natural descent of man [Origin dell’uomo, 2d ed. (1870)].

CD’s theory is making great progress in Italy and daily gains supporters.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7169
From
Giovanni Canestrini
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Padua
Source of text
DAR 161: 35
Physical description
2pp (German)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7169,” accessed on 29 October 2020, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-7169.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18

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