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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   22 October 1872

50A, Albemarle Street, London, W.

Octr. 22 1872

My dear Sir

The binder is now busy on your new work & I hope your own presentation copies may be ready next week, if you like to send them out—1 no copies must go as yet to America, but we could be getting them packed up & addressed.

So please to send me your instructions.

I have ordered only 250 copies to have cut edges as we find the trade generally to prefer the uncut edges.2

Messr. Appleton’s agent, has had all the plates &c3

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esq

CD annotations

Top of letter: ‘Ask for list of all sales’ blue crayon


Cooke refers to Expression. For CD’s presentation list, see Correspondence vol. 20, Appendix IV.
CD had advised Cooke to have the pages cut (see letter to John Murray, [after 11 October 1872]).
D. Appleton & Co. was CD’s US publisher; Charles Layton was the firm’s agent in London.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

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


Presentation copies [of Expression] will be ready in a week. Has ordered only 250 copies to have cut edges because trade prefers uncut pages.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 425
Physical description
ALS 2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8570,” accessed on 20 June 2024,

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