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From R. F. Cooke   6 December 1872

50A, Albemarle Street, London, W.

Decr. 6 1872

My dear Sir

Your last work is very much like our Gas, nearly exhausted.1

Will you therefore send to Clowes any corrections you may have & I will order paper & see after the Heliotypes2

Mr Murray3 thinks we may throw off 2000.?

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

C. Darwin Esq

CD annotations

Top of letter ‘as a Puff 9th Thousandth’4 pencil


The supply of gas to households and streetlamps was disrupted by a gas strike from 29 November to the evening of 10 December 1872 (see The Times, 6 December 1872, p. 10, and Illustrated London News, 14 December 1872, p. 570). The first print run of Expression was seven thousand copies (Freeman 1977).
William Clowes was the printer of Expression, which contained seven heliotype plates (see letter to J. V. Carus, 16 July 1872 and n. 3).
John Murray.
CD made this note to remind himself to ask Cooke whether the total number of copies of Expression published should be advertised in the second issue (see letter to R. F. Cooke, 7 December [1872]).


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.


First edition of Expression nearly exhausted. Asks CD to send corrections to the printer for another issue, Murray thinks, of 2000.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 433
Physical description
ALS 1p †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8661,” accessed on 4 June 2023,

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