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Darwin Correspondence Project

To R. F. Cooke   17 August 1872

Leith Hill Place | Dorking Wotton

Aug. 17 1872

(return home on Wed)

My dear Sir

I will tell all foreigners that you will supply them at £75 per 1000 copies.1 This sounds large, but after all I think you take an exaggerated view of the subject, for 1s-6d added to the price of the book will entirely cover this outlay.

I cd not possibly have given many of the expressions by wood-block but I wd not have given so many photos had I forseen the cost.

I enclose a translation of M. Koch’s letter;2 & will you be so kind as to act accordingly. I will write by this post to him & tell him the price of the heliotypes.

I am very much obliged for all the great trouble you have taken in assisting me— | My dear Sir | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The letter from Eduard Friedrich Koch and the translation of it have not been found.


Will inform all foreign publishers that John Murray will supply 1000 copies of heliotype plates [for Expression] for £75. CD would not have used so many photos had he foreseen the cost, but woodcuts would not have done.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Sent from
Leith Hill Place
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 283–4)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8474,” accessed on 2 March 2021,

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