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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   9 October 1872

50A, Albemarle Street, London, W.

Octr. 9 1872

My dear Sir

Your work now is almost ready I find, as it merely wants the return of the Index, Title & Contents to the printer. (sent you Sepr. 23.)1

I think if so, we shd. let the binder have copies to go on with so as to have the work bound up in good time.

I name this, because with these 7 plates it will require great care & time to fold & place them properly in the copies.2

Have you any wishes or instructions as to the folding of the plates—the color of the binding & as to the edges being cut & uncut?

I hope to have at least 3000 sets of plates ready for Appleton by the end of this week, which we may send off, giving them instructions not to publish until the 12th. of November.3

What do you think of this?

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esq


Cooke refers to Expression.
The seven heliotype plates included in Expression had to be tipped in; three of them were on fold-out pages.
D. Appleton & Co. was CD’s US publisher. Expression was published on 26 November 1872 (Freeman 1977). The US edition was published in December 1872 but has the date 1873 on the title page (Freeman 1977).


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

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.


Expression is now almost ready. The plates will require great care in the binding.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 423
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8549,” accessed on 21 March 2023,

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