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Darwin Correspondence Project

To R. F. Cooke   3 October 1872

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Oct 3 72

My dear Sir,

I am much obliged for all this great trouble which you are taking for me. The foreign editions which you mention are all right.1 Clean sheets need be sent only to M. Reinwald in Paris & M. Ijkema in Holland; for I have sent corrected revises to the German & Russian.2 It is very troublesome about the large size of the paper for M. Koch & Ijkema;3 they must of course pay the extra charge, but this I hope cannot be large. I think you are quite right about prepayment. I will write strongly by this post to the Heliotype Compy. & urge them on.4 It will be most provoking if we are delayed, after I had taken such pains to give the Compy plenty of time.

My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin


Charles Reinwald published the French edition of Expression; Johan IJkema published the Dutch edition (Pozzi and Benoît trans. 1874; Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen trans. 1873). E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagshandlung published the German edition and F. S. Sushchinskii published the Russian edition (Carus trans. 1872b; [Kovalevsky] trans. 1872). CD sent corrected sheets for the two last editions directly to the translators (see letter to J. V. Carus, 23 September 1872, and letter to V. O. Kovalevsky, 24 September [1872]).
Both the German and Dutch editions had a larger page size (see letter from John Murray, 3 September [1872], and letter from R. F. Cooke, 2 October 1872).


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

[Kovalevsky, Vladimir Onufrievich], trans. 1872. O vyrazhenii oshchushchenii u cheloveka i zhivotnykh. By Charles Darwin. Translated from the author’s proofs under the editorial direction of Prof. A. Kovalevsky. (Russian translation of Expression.) St Petersburg: Tipografia F. S. Sushchinskogo.


Arrangements for foreign editions [of Expression]. Delay by Heliotype Company is provoking.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 262)
Physical description
LS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8540,” accessed on 16 September 2023,

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