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From John Murray   1 May [1875]1

50, Albemarle St. | W.

May 1—

My Dear Sir

I propose to print 1000 copies of your Flesh Eating Plants—wch may last for some time2   However in case of a larger demand I shall try & induce Mess Clowes to keep up the type a little while— I do not doubt of disposing of the 1000, though the work is strictly a Monograph3

I am | My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray

Chas. Darwin Esqr


The year is established by the reference to the forthcoming publication of Insectivorous plants (see n. 2, below).
Insectivorous plants was published on 2 July 1875 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).
William Clowes & Sons were the printers used by John Murray; movable-type formes were usually dismantled after a work had been published unless a reprint was likely to be required in a short period of time. The second and third thousand were printed in 1875, and the fourth thousand in 1876 (Freeman 1977).


Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

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


JM proposes to print 1000 copies [of Insectivorous plants].

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50
Source of text
DAR 171: 449
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9964,” accessed on 25 October 2021,

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