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From Robert Francis Cooke   5 December 1870

50A, Albemarle Street, London, W.

Decr. 5 1870

My dear Sir

We have just heard from Rotterdam that the 1st. Volume of yr new work is announced there for publication on the 10th.1

Are you aware that they intend to publish Vol 1 by itself.?

We have sent them the Electros, so they can do so unless they are desired to the contrary.2

When do you think we may be able to publish the 2 Vols here?3

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esq


Cooke refers to the Dutch translation of Descent (Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen trans. 1871–2). See letter from Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen, 27 November 1870, and letter to Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen, 30 November [1870]. The Dutch translation of Descent did not begin to appear until early 1871 (Correspondence vol. 19, letter from Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen, 2 March 1871).
Cooke refers to electrotypes of the illustrations to Descent (see letter from John Murray, 10 October [1870]).
Descent was published on 24 February 1871 (R. B. Freeman 1977).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 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.

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.


Has just heard that 1st volume of Dutch edition [of Descent] has been announced for 10 December. Was CD aware that the Dutch intended to publish vol. 1 by itself?

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 382
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7387,” accessed on 1 October 2023,

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