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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   15 February 1871

50A, Albemarle Street, London, W.

Feby. 15 1871

My dear Sir

We are doing our utmost to get yr work forward.1

The printing will all be finished tonight & tomorrow the binders will get perfect copies.

I have here already your copies of Vol 1—written in, so that we have only to get the same number of copies of Vol 2, & then we will send them all out expeditiously.

Your own 30 copies, shall be amongst the first batch & I hope to despatch them on Friday.

We cannot publish before the middle or end of next week, as we cannot make a partial delivery

I suspect the whole edition of 2500 Copies will be out of our hands by Saturday week.2

Yrs faithfully | Robt Cooke

C. Darwin Esqre


Cooke refers to Descent.
Descent was published on Friday 24 February 1871 (Freeman 1977).


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.


Printing of Descent will be done this day. Cannot publish until next week.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 386
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7483,” accessed on 19 September 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19