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From R. F. Cooke   3 March 1880

Summary

Three hundred copies of Erasmus Darwin remain from the 1000 printed. Demand is small.

Should 250 copies of Forms of flowers be printed before type is distributed?

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 503
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12506

To R. F. Cooke   23 April [1880]

Summary

His family shake heads in dismal manner at his proposed title for his MS: "The Circumnutating Movements of Plants". Makes several other suggestions [none of which was adopted].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  23 Apr [1880]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 366–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12588

From R. F. Cooke   27 April 1880

Summary

His publishers are as puzzled as CD about what the title of his new book [Movement in plants] should be. Sends a tentative one in proof [missing].

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Apr 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 504
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12590

From R. F. Cooke   12 June 1880

Summary

Matters related to Climbing plants

and reprint [1880] of Forms of flowers.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 June 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 505
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12631

From R. F. Cooke   15 July 1880

Summary

Movement in plants will be 600 pages. Does CD wish to publish at own expense or on the usual terms with Murray? Estimates expense of printing and possible profit.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 July 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 506
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12654

To R. F. Cooke   16 July 1880

Summary

CD had intended to pay costs of publishing Movement in plants because he did not think it fair that Murray should risk publishing a purely scientific work. He would certainly prefer publishing on the usual terms if JM decided to do so. The book contains much new and curious matter, but there are very few persons in England interested in physiological botany.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  16 July 1880
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 372–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12658

From R. F. Cooke   20 July 1880

Summary

RC estimates that 1000 copies of Movement in plants if sold at 14s would produce a profit of £6. Might more be printed, or the price raised?

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 July 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 507
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12664

To R. F. Cooke   21 July 1880

Summary

CD will take the risk and the loss of Movement in plants on his own shoulders. He will have 1000 copies printed and, on RC’s advice, will charge 15s.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  21 July 1880
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 374)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12665

From R. F. Cooke   2 September 1880

Summary

Has CD made arrangements with D. Appleton for Movement in plants? CD’s instructions about the index have been forwarded.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Sept 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 508
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12704

To R. F. Cooke   16 October 1880

Summary

C. Reinwald wishes to publish a French translation [of Movement in plants] but is doubtful on account of cost. CD wants to supply him with stereotypes of the 195 cuts at prime cost.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  16 Oct 1880
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 375)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12761

From R. F. Cooke   19 October 1880

Summary

Cost of electrotypes from the woodcuts [in Movement in plants] for French and German editions. Suggests CD charge more than actual cost in order to repay his expenses.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Oct 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 509
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12765

To R. F. Cooke   20 October 1880

Summary

CD promised Reinwald the clichés [for Movement in plants] at cost, so he is to be charged £10. Eduard Koch should be charged £25, since CD’s books sell well in Germany – but Koch must not know the French have them for £10.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  20 Oct 1880
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 376–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12769

From R. F. Cooke   4 November 1880

Summary

If every copy [of Movement in plants] is sold at 15s, CD will lose about £50.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Nov 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 510
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12794

From R. F. Cooke   5 November 1880

Summary

Six hundred copies of Movement in plants were wanted [at Murray’s annual sale] – a good start.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Nov 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 511
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12798

To R. F. Cooke   8 November [1880]

Summary

Thanks RC for telling him about sale of 600 copies [of Movement in plants]. He had expected less, so loss will not be as heavy as he feared. Asks whether he should not have 250 more copies printed and what it would cost to have the type kept up.

Instructions for presentation copies.

The index is the worst ever published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  8 Nov [1880]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 378–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12804

From R. F. Cooke   10 November 1880

Summary

Movement in plants needs only the index. Distressed by CD’s dissatisfaction with the indexer.

Eight hundred copies have now been sold. Type will be kept up.

Decision on printing additional copies should await reviews.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Nov 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 512
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12807

From R. F. Cooke   15 November 1880

Summary

Murray’s must reprint Descent. Does CD want to make any corrections in the plates?

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Nov 1880
Classmark:  DAR 210.11: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12821

To R. F. Cooke   20 November 1880

Summary

Likes appearance [of Movement in plants].

The Times review should sell a few more copies.

Thanks Murray for present of volumes by Charles St John [A tour in Sutherlandshire, 2 vols. (1849?)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  20 Nov 1880
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 380–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12832

From R. F. Cooke   26 November 1880

Summary

Five hundred more copies of Movement in plants must be printed immediately. Asks CD to send any corrections to printer.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Nov 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 513
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12862

To John Murray   9 June 1880

Summary

Asks JM to provide Quarterly Journal of Science with five woodcuts from Climbing plants to illustrate an article, based on that work, by Francis Darwin [see 12462].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 June 1880
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 368–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12625
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