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From R. F. Cooke   12 February 1872

Summary

Sends first copy of new [6th] edition of Origin. Expenses have been much higher than estimated because of extensive revisions. 3000 copies retailing at 6s would yield only £100 profit. Suggests fixing price at 7s 6d.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 407
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8209

From R. F. Cooke   27 July 1872

Summary

Foreign translations, illustrations, and other arrangements for Expression. Foreign publishers must be bound not to publish before the English edition is out.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 July 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 410
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8430

From R. F. Cooke   1 August 1872

Summary

Answers CD’s questions on arrangements for forthcoming publication of Expression – including cost of stereotypes, woodcuts, and photo reproductions for foreign translations.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Aug 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 411
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8444

From R. F. Cooke   6 August 1872

Summary

Sends Murray’s cheque for £315 for the last issue of Descent.

Details regarding foreign editions of Expression.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Aug 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 412
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8452

From R. F. Cooke   9 August 1872

Summary

Agrees on price for supplying Appleton with Expression electrotypes and stereotypes. Difficulties with heliotypes [for illustrations of Expression].

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Aug 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 413
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8460

From R. F. Cooke to G. H. Darwin   13 August 1872

Summary

Explains the cost of heliotype plates [for Expression] and the consequent need to raise the price of the book.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Aug 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 414
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8467

From R. F. Cooke   14 August 1872

Summary

Sends a set of plates [for Expression]. Price of the book must be 12s instead of 10s 6d, or 14s instead of 12s.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Aug 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 415
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8469

From R. F. Cooke   16 August 1872

Summary

Cost of plates [for Expression] is very high and will make "a terrible hole in the profits".

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Aug 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 416
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8473

From R. F. Cooke   21 August 1872

Summary

Has ordered printing of 2000 sets of illustrations [for Expression] for Murray’s and informed D. Appleton of price per thousand. Has answered letter from Eduard Koch [of Schweizerbart]. Has also arranged for index.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Aug 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 417
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8479

From R. F. Cooke   23 August 1872

Summary

Cost of impression of the heliotype plates [for Expression] is so high that he asks CD to consider having a set photographed onto wood and then engraved. Index [for Expression] is in hand.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Aug 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 418
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8483

From R. F. Cooke   26 August 1872

Summary

Defers to CD and has ordered 2000 sets of impressions from heliotype plates [for Expression] for Murray’s and 3000 sets for Appleton. Also has directed printer to send Appleton a set of stereotype plates of the work and the woodcuts.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Aug 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 419
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8487

From R. F. Cooke   2 October 1872

Summary

Has learned that German edition [of Expression] will be on larger pages than English one. No copies of heliotype plates [for Expression] have been delivered. Hopes Heliotype Company is not going to throw them over. Suggests CD write a strong letter.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Oct 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 421
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8539

From R. F. Cooke   4 October 1872

Summary

Heliotype Company assures RC all 8000 sets of the plates [for Expression] will be ready next week.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Oct 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 422
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8544

From R. F. Cooke   9 October 1872

Summary

Expression is now almost ready. The plates will require great care in the binding.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Oct 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 423
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8549

From R. F. Cooke   11 October 1872

Summary

D. Appleton has been sent 3000 sets of plates [for Expression]. Hopes to publish [Expression] on 12 Nov.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Oct 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 424
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8555

From R. F. Cooke   22 October 1872

Summary

Presentation copies [of Expression] will be ready in a week. Has ordered only 250 copies to have cut edges because trade prefers uncut pages.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Oct 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 425
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8570

From R. F. Cooke   25 October 1872

Summary

Murray’s will allow CD 18 copies [of Expression].

All foreign publishers, except Dutch, have paid for the plates.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Oct 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 426
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8575

From R. F. Cooke   26 October 1872

Summary

Does not understand Reinwald [French publisher of Expression], who apparently intends an edition of only 500 copies. Sends first copy to CD.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Oct 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 427
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8576

From R. F. Cooke   20 November 1872

Summary

Quandary caused by Heliotype Company’s failure to deliver enough plates for Expression because of a strike. Murray’s now has 7000 books and only 3000 sets of plates.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 431
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8637

From R. F. Cooke   25 November 1872

Summary

Murray’s must publish [Expression] tomorrow with only 4000 copies, because plates for 3000 additional copies have not yet been delivered. The trade and public will be dissatisfied. It may be advisable to get police to defend the house.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Nov 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 432
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8646
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