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From John Murray   3 November 1874

50a, Albemarle Street, London. W.

November 3 1874

Darwin Present Stock

570 DARWIN’S (Charles) Journal of Researches into the Natural History of the Countries visited during a Voyage round the World. Eleventh Thousand. Post 8vo. 9s.1
700 ——Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection; or, the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Sixth Edition. Post 8vo. 7s. 6d.
Nil ——Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication. With Illustrations. 2 Vols. 8vo. 28s.
Nil ——Descent of Man, and on Selection in Relation to Sex. With Illustrations. 2 Vols. Crown 8vo. 24s.
2150 ——Expressions of the Emotions in Man and Animals. With Illustrations. Crown 8vo. 12s.
Nil ——Fertilization of Orchids through Insect Agency, and as to the good of Intercrossing. Woodcuts. Post 8vo. 9s.
471 ——Fact and Argument for Darwin. By Fritz Muller. With numerous Illustrations and Additions by the Author. Translated from the German by W. S. Dallas. Woodcuts. Post 8vo. 6s.2

My Dear Sir

Your wishes regarding copies of New Edition of Descent of Man shall be attended to.3

Above you have present state of Stock of your various works.4 Expression at a dead stand still.— curious!5

My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray

Chas Darwin Esq


Murray refers to the 1873 reprint of Journal of researches (1870).
CD was managing the financial side of the English translation of F. Müller 1864 (Dallas trans. 1869). He had earlier transmitted royalties to Fritz Müller after a thousand copies had sold (see Correspondence vol. 21, letter to Fritz Müller, 25 September 1873).
CD had probably sent Murray a request for presentation copies of Descent 2d ed.
The right-hand column of the table is a printed list of CD’s titles that John Murray attached to his letter, adding the numbers on the left by hand.
In September 1873, Murray had printed another 2000 copies of Expression (see Correspondence vol. 21, letter from John Murray, 25 September [1873]), but the anticipated sales did not occur (see letter from John Murray Jr, 15 September 1874).


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

Descent 2d ed.: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874.

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

Journal of researches (1870): Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of HMS Beagle round the world, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN. By Charles Darwin. New edition. London: John Murray. 1870.


Statement of stock on hand of CD’s works.

Expression, curiously, at a dead stand-still.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 441
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9707,” accessed on 28 May 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22