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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   24 May 1875

50A, Albemarle Street, London. W.

May 24 1875

My dear Sir

By all means put on the Title page with Illustrations.1

It is quite right & allowable to advertise any new editions of your works in the press or in progress.2

Mr Murray is quite willing to let Appletons have a set & stereotype plates of this work at a small per centage over cost, especially as you reap a reward thereby.3

I have written off to Clowes, not to distribute the type until you hear from America.4

Yr advertisement seems correct.5

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esq


This was added to the title page of Insectivorous plants. CD’s letter to Cooke has not been found, but for a draft of part of it, see the letter to R. F. Cooke, 23 May [1875].
On the verso of the title page of Insectivorous plants, Murray advertised a number of CD’s existing works and also the forthcoming Climbing plants 2d ed. and Variation 2d ed.
CD had suggested that his US publisher, D. Appleton & Co., pay John Murray fifteen to twenty per cent more than the cost price for the stereotype plates of Insectivorous plants (see letter to R. F. Cooke, 23 May [1875]).
Murray’s printer William Clowes needed to keep the moveable-type formes of Insectivorous plants in order to make the stereotype plates for the US edition of the work.
Cooke possibly refers to a notice about the forthcoming publication of Insectivorous plants. This has not been found, but in June 1875, CD asked Murray to advertise the work in Nature and Gardeners’ Chronicle (see letter to R. F. Cooke, 24 June [1875] and n. 6).


Climbing plants 2d ed.: The movements and habits of climbing plants. 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.

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

Variation 2d ed.: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875.


Replies to CD’s various questions and suggestions concerning publication plans for Insectivorous plants.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 452
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9990,” accessed on 24 March 2023,

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