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From D. Appleton & Co.   17 February 1872

D. Appleton & Co. | 549 & 551 Broadway, N.Y.

Feb 17/72

Dear Sir

Your favor of 3d. is at hand. We will accept the proposal you make respecting the new revised edn. of “Origin” taking casts of plates for 50£ & pay you on the sales.—1 We more than reimbursed ourselves for the Journal of Travel & it still continues to have a fair sale.2 We hope to render yr a/c by next mail. We think the result will be satisfactory to you. We did not like to delay answering yr letter.

We of course desire the plates (electros) of yr new work “Expression of the Emotions” &c & beg you will arrange with Mr Murray when you place the Ms: in his hands.3

Believe us | very faithfully yrs | D Appleton & Co

Charles Darwin Esq


CD’s letter of 3 February 1872 has not been found, but see the letter from John Murray, 2 February [1872].
D. Appleton & Co. had published an edition of Journal of researches in 1871, based on stereotypes of the 1870 edition published by John Murray (Journal of researches 1870; see Freeman 1977). A reprint of the 1871 edition was published in 1872 (Journal of researches US ed. (1871) and US ed. (1872)).
Expression was published in November 1872 by John Murray. The US edition, dated 1873, was apparently issued in December 1872 (Expression US ed.; see Freeman 1977).


Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.

Expression US ed.: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. New York: D. Appleton. 1873.

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.

Journal of researches: Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by HMS Beagle, under the command of Captain FitzRoy, RN, from 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Henry Colburn. 1839.

Journal of researches US ed. (1871): Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle round the world, under the command of Capt. Fitz Roy, R.N. By Charles Darwin. New edition. New York: D. Appleton and Company. 1871.


Accepts CD’s proposal for new revised edition of Origin; will pay $50 [dollars or pounds!?] for casts of the plates and pay CD on sales.

Appleton edition of CD’s Journal of researches [1871] still selling well.

Also wants plates sent with CD’s new work on Expression. CD should arrange this with Murray’s.

Letter details

Letter no.
D. Appleton & Co
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
New York
Source of text
DAR 159: 88
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8217,” accessed on 26 January 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20