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Darwin Correspondence Project

From J. V. Carus   15 March 1871

Leipzig, | 33, Windmühlenstrasse,

March, 15th., 1871

My dear Sir,

I just finished the first Volume, which will be printed off in about three weeks.1 As I still met with some mistakes unnoticed by you I think it well worth to give them here2

page line for read
147 2 〈ma〉kes make
191 26 are is
209 14 Lauger Langer
248 27 are is
264 10 Livornia Livonia
282 note 213 21 51.
312 note 64 Doubblettren Doubletten
x) 324 12 marine univalve univalve
355 8 includes include
359 9 Cicada, have Cicada have
385 2 Doubelday Doubleday.

x) You say: “Gasteropoda or marine univalve shells.” But the order includes not only marine forms, but also freshwater and land-animals, as you mention yourself a few lines later “pulmoniferous Gasteropoda or landshells.” So I think it might be better to leave out the “marine”.3

I should not like to worry you with requests, but if you could spare a clean copy of the Descent of Man I should be exceedingly obliged to you.4

Believe me | Yours very sincerely | J. Victor Carus

CD annotations

2.2 147] ‘foot note 74’ added ink
2.2 2] ‘from bottom’ added ink
2.3 26] del ink; ‘8 from bottom’ added ink
2.4 14] ‘from top’ added ink
2.5 27] del ink; ‘bottom line of text’ added ink
2.6 264 … Livonia] del ink and pencil
2.7 282 … 51.] ‘6’ added in margin red crayon, del ink; ‘3’ del red crayon and ink; ‘p.’ added ink before ‘21’ and ‘51.’
2.9 12] ‘from top’ added ink
2.10 8] ‘from top’ added ink
2.11 9] ‘from top’ added ink
3.1 You … yourself 3.2] crossed ink


Carus was translating Descent into German (Carus trans. 1871).
In the third printing of Descent (published in April 1871; see Freeman 1977), all the errors except those on pages 147 and 312 were corrected.
See Descent 1: 234.
Carus’s name appears on the verso of CD’s list of presentation copies of Descent (see Correspondence vol. 19, Appendix IV).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 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.


Sends CD a list of misprints in vol. 1 of Descent.

Letter details

Letter no.
Julius Victor Carus
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 161: 79
Physical description
2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7586,” accessed on 26 September 2020,

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