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From J. V. Carus   5 February 1875

Leipzig

Febr 5th. 1875.

My dear Sir,

The printing of the new German edition of the “Descent of Man” will soon be finished.1 As I shall then begin to translate the “Journal of Researches”, may I ask you if you have to make some alteration or addition to it. I have the edition of 1860 and you would oblige me by telling if this is the newest.2 The “Journal” will form the first Volume of our new Edition of your works3   In the mean time your book on Insectivorous Plants will be ready.4 Would you kindly let me know, when it will be out and how large it will be? I proposed to the Publisher to bring all your botanical papers into one volume, viz, that on Climbing plants, on Orchids, on Di- and Trimorphism and on Drosera and Dionea   The last one, of which you were kind enough to write me about eighteen months ago, is most likely the new one on Insectivora5   Wouldn’t these papers be too large for being collected into one volume? If so, could you give me perhaps a hint, what other papers I could take to make two botanical volumes?

In a few weeks I shall have the pleasure to send you the concluding volume of my Zoology.6 The Index is now in print.

I subjoin a list of some Errata in the Descent, which you will alter perhaps in a new print7

Believe me, | My dear Sir, | Yours ever sincerely | J. Victor Carus

Footnotes

The third German edition of Descent was a translation of Descent 2d ed. (Carus trans. 1875a).
Journal of researches (1860) was a reprint of Journal of researches 2d ed., published in 1845; another reprint had been issued in 1870 (Journal of researches (1870)).
Carus’s translation of Journal of researches (Carus trans. 1875b) is the first volume of Ch. Darwin’s gesammelte Werke (Ch. Darwin’s collected works; Carus trans. 1875–87). The publisher was E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagshandlung.
Carus’s translation of Insectivorous plants was published in 1876 (Carus trans. 1876a).
Carus refers to Climbing plants and Orchids, and probably to CD’s papers ‘Dimorphic condition in Primula, ‘Three forms of Lythrum salicaria, and ‘Illegitimate offspring of dimorphic and trimorphic plants’. Much of the material from these papers was reworked in Forms of flowers, which was included in the German edition of CD’s collected works. Carus evidently intended to refer to Insectivorous plants, not the former order of insect-eating mammals, Insectivora. See Correspondence vol. 21, letter to J. V. Carus, 2 August [1873]. CD discussed Drosera (the genus of sundews) and Dionaea (Venus fly trap) in Insectivorous plants.
Carus refers to the second part of the first volume of Handbuch der Zoologie (Carus und Gerstaecker 1863–75); the volumes appeared out of sequence, the second volume having been published in 1863, while the first part of the first volume appeared in 1868. Carus had written all of the first volume and part of the second. CD’s copy of the first volume of the Handbuch is in the Darwin Library–Down.
The list has not been found.

Bibliography

Climbing plants: On the movements and habits of climbing plants. By Charles Darwin. London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green; Williams & Norgate. 1865.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 28 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.

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

‘Dimorphic condition in Primula’: On the two forms, or dimorphic condition, in the species of Primula, and on their remarkable sexual relations. By Charles Darwin. [Read 21 November 1861.] Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society (Botany) 6 (1862): 77–96. [Collected papers 2: 45–63.]

Forms of flowers: The different forms of flowers on plants of the same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877.

‘Illegitimate offspring of dimorphic and trimorphic plants’: On the character and hybrid-like nature of the offspring from the illegitimate unions of dimorphic and trimorphic plants. By Charles Darwin. [Read 20 February 1868.] Journal of the Linnean Society of London (Botany) 10 (1869): 393–437.

Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.

Journal of researches (1860): Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of HMS Beagle around the world, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN. By Charles Darwin. Reprint edition. London: John Murray. 1860.

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.

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.

Journal of researches: Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by HMS Beagle, under the command of Captain FitzRoy, RN, from 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Henry Colburn. 1839.

Orchids: On the various contrivances by which British and foreign orchids are fertilised by insects, and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862.

‘Three forms of Lythrum salicaria’: On the sexual relations of the three forms of Lythrum salicaria. By Charles Darwin. [Read 16 June 1864.] Journal of the Linnean Society (Botany) 8 (1865): 169–96. [Collected papers 2: 106–31.]

Summary

New [3d] German edition of Descent will soon be out.

Will begin translating Journal of researches, which will be first volume of CD’s collected works.

JVC has proposed bringing out all CD’s botanical papers in one or two volumes.

Errata in Descent enclosed.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-9841
From
Julius Victor Carus
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Leipzig
Source of text
DAR 161: 99
Physical description
ALS 2pp

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9841,” accessed on 17 May 2022, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/?docId=letters/DCP-LETT-9841.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23

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