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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   11 October 1872

50A, Albemarle Street, London, W.

Octr. 11 1872

My dear Sir

I have written to Clowes to say if they have not already sent off some of the Stereotypes to Appleton’s to do so forthwith & I have written to their agent here, to look after Messrs. Clowes & have sent him this day 3000 sets of the Heliotypes & said I hope the remaining 2000 will be with him next week.1

You ought to have received a letter from me about the Title &c of yr work, but from what I hear, they have now all been returned for press. Our Annual Trade Sale is fixed for Nov. 8th. & I therefore hope we may publish your work on the 12th.2

I have written to ask yr wishes as to binding.3

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esqr.


William Clowes & Sons was the printing firm employed by CD’s publisher, John Murray. D. Appleton & Co., CD’s US publisher, had requested stereotypes of the text and woodcuts of Expression and copies of the heliotype plates; Charles Layton was the firm’s agent in London (see letter from Charles Layton, 13 August 1872).
Expression was published on 26 November 1872 (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.


D. Appleton has been sent 3000 sets of plates [for Expression]. Hopes to publish [Expression] on 12 Nov.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 424
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8555,” accessed on 20 March 2023,

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