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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. V. Carus   17 November [1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. [2 Bryanston Street, London.]

Nov. 17th

My dear Sir

I write one word just to say that I am beginning to prepare a new & corrected Edit. of the “Descent of Man”. I mention this in case a new Edit. should ever be wanted in Germany.2

I sincerely hope that you are well & remain | Yours very truly | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to CD’s starting work on the second edition of Descent (see CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II).
The first edition of Descent had been translated by Carus and published in two German editions (Carus trans. 1871 and Carus trans. 1871–2); he also translated the second edition into German (Carus trans. 1875).


Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.


Informs JVC that he is beginning a second, corrected edition of Descent, in case a new edition is wanted in Germany.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Julius Victor Carus
Sent from
London, Bryanston St, 2 Down letterhead
Source of text
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter. Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 108–109)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9147,” accessed on 2 April 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21