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Darwin Correspondence Project

From D. Appleton & Co   [c. 19] November 18741

D. Appleton & Co. | 549 & 551 Broadway, N.Y.

Nov 5 1874

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 5th. in which you refer to a new edition of yr. “Descent of of Man” is at hand.2

We shall be very glad to receive stereotype plates of the work, including wood cuts, and pay Mr. Murray 50£ for the casts—3 Some of the stereotypes of the cuts of the last edition were poorly done rendering quite difficult to print. Will you please bring this to the notice of Mr. Murray & we have no doubt it will be corrected in future. We are desirous of receiving the plates as soon as possible as the present edition is exhausted. They may be delivered to our agency 16 Little Britain & they will be forwarded to us.4

Your proposed work on ‘Carnivorous Plants’ we also desire to receive on the same terms.5 We are happy to say that your works continue to have good sale.

With thanks for yr kind expressions we remain | very sincerely yours | D Appleton & Coy

Charles Darwin Esq


The date is established by the relationship between this letter, the letter to D. Appleton & Co., 5 November 1874, and the letter to G. H. Darwin, 2 December [1874]. The writer must have put ‘Nov 5’ in error.
John Murray was CD’s publisher. The second US edition of Descent was published in 1875. See letter to D. Appleton & Co., 5 November 1874.
Little Britain is a street in the City of London that was dominated by booksellers; Appletons had an agency at no. 16.


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


Accepts CD’s suggestion of new edition of Descent, and asks that Murray supply the stereotype plates and woodcuts for $50 [dollars or pounds!?], as soon as possible; supply of copies of Descent is exhausted.

Will publish CD’s proposed book [Insectivorous plants (1875)] on same terms as other works.

Letter details

Letter no.
D. Appleton & Co
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
New York
Source of text
DAR 159: 93
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9709,” accessed on 4 March 2021,

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