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From D. Appleton & Co. to Asa Gray   1 September 1870

Sept 1st, 1870

Statement of Sales of Darwin Origin of Species to Sept 1st, 1870 By D. Appleton & Co.
for account of Asa Gray1
On hand last account, 433 On hand this date, 521
Printed since, 500 Given away
Sold to date, 412
933 933
Sold 412 Copies @ 250 Rate 5% $51.50
Febry 1/70 Balance 298.99
Balance Sept/70 350.49
Value in Sterling
Exch @ 110 58 Gold 11712 £ 62.5.2


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).


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.
Asa Gray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 159: 87
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7313,” accessed on 14 April 2021,

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