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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   17 November 1874

50a, Albemarle Street, London, W.

Nov 17 1874

My dear Sir

The price of your new edition was highly approved of by the booksellers & at 12/- very few would have been sold.1

1350 Descent 1 Vol 9/-
600 Origin 1 Vol 7/6
136 Naturalist 1 Vol 9/-
7 Expression 1 Vol 12/-2

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

C. Darwin Esq

CD annotations

2.4 7] ‘2093’ added below, ink


CD’s publisher, John Murray, had originally intended to charge twelve shillings for Descent 2d ed. but just before his sale dinner for leading booksellers he decided to reduce the price to nine shillings (see letter from R. F. Cooke, 12 November 1874).
This is a list of the numbers of CD’s books sold to the leading booksellers at Murray’s sale dinner (see letter from R. F. Cooke, 12 November 1874 and n. 4). Naturalist: Journal of researches 2d ed.


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

Journal of researches 2d ed.: 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. 2d edition, corrected, with additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845.


Booksellers approve of [9s] price for 2d edition of Descent. 1350 copies were sold at annual sale.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 443
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9721,” accessed on 23 June 2021,

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