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From R. F. Cooke   12 April 1877

Summary

JM will be pleased to publish the new work [Forms of flowers] on the usual terms. MS has been sent to the printer.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Apr 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 487
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10927

From R. F. Cooke   29 June 1877

Summary

Explains the delay in publishing [Forms of flowers].

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 June 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 488
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11022

To R. F. Cooke   30 June [1877]

Summary

Has not heard from Appleton about an American edition [of Forms of flowers]. Asks how many copies Murray is printing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  30 June [1877]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 302–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11024

From R. F. Cooke   2 July 1877

Summary

"Young Mr Appleton", when in London, told Murray’s to send a set of stereotype plates [of Forms of flowers]. A printing of 1000 copies has been ordered for the English edition.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 489
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11031

From R. F. Cooke   15 August 1877

Summary

Electrotypes of woodcuts [of Forms of flowers] are ready for Koch [of Schweizerbart]. Murray has printed 1250 copies, instead of 1000 as planned.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 490
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11107

From R. F. Cooke   5 October 1877

Summary

About 150 copies remain of Forms of flowers.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 491
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11170

From R. F. Cooke   12 October 1877

Summary

Another issue of Origin will be needed for Murray’s annual sale. Has CD any corrections?

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 492
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11181

From R. F. Cooke   17 October 1877

Summary

Electrotypes and heliotypes can now be sent to Hjalmar Linnström, since payment is guaranteed by the Swedish Consul.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 493
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11187

From R. F. Cooke   23 November 1877

Summary

Two thousand more copies of Origin to be printed. Has CD any corrections to make?

Type for Cross and self-fertilisation, Orchids, and Forms of flowers must now be broken up. If CD does not object, Murray will have stereotypes made of the three works. Asks for any corrections CD may want embodied.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 494
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11250

To R. F. Cooke   24 November 1877

Summary

Asks exact number of copies of recent printing of Origin.

Approves stereotyping Orchids,

but fears he cannot approve of stereotyping Cross and self-fertilisation and Forms of flowers. It is too soon for the latter, and he is too busy to correct the former.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  24 Nov 1877
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 300–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11252

From R. F. Cooke   29 November 1877

Summary

Answers CD’s query about number of copies of Origin recently printed. Order to print 2000, rather than 1000, was given after JM’s annual sales showed demand was keeping up.

Cross and self-fertilisation will be stereotyped after CD’s corrections have been made.

Printer will be asked to keep type of Forms of flowers standing, for the present.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 496
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11260

From R. F. Cooke   1 December 1877

Summary

Reprint of Origin will bring number to 19500 – so title-page may safely read "Twentieth Thousand".

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 498
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11264

To R. F. Cooke   11 December [1877]

Summary

Sends corrected sheets of Cross and self-fertilisation. How many copies will be printed? Asks whether he is correct in thinking that he has not been paid for the July printing.

Plans to correct Forms of flowers when new edition is needed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  11 Dec [1877]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 297–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11276

From R. F. Cooke   13 December 1877

Summary

Messrs Clowes will make CD’s corrections and adjust index of Cross and self-fertilisation. Of this work only 1500 copies have been printed. Edition is sold out and account is enclosed.

Of 500 copies of Climbing plants [2d ed.] printed in June 1876, 450 were still unsold as of June 1877.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 499, DAR 210.11: 6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11278

From R. F. Cooke   26 February 1878

Summary

Asks CD’s opinion on number of copies to be printed of Cross and self-fertilisation [2d ed.]. Now that it is revised, they will stereotype.

Type of Forms of flowers stands, awaiting CD’s corrections, before stereotyping and printing of more copies.

RC regrets delay in supply of Origin.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Feb 1878
Classmark:  DAR 171: 500
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11376

From R. F. Cooke   27 November 1878

Summary

Sends report on annual trade sale [missing]. New printings of Journal of researches and Descent are needed.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Nov 1878
Classmark:  DAR 171: 501
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11764

From R. F. Cooke   6 September 1879

Summary

Murray’s offer to publish Erasmus Darwin. RC states terms and preliminary arrangements.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Sept 1879
Classmark:  DAR 92: B5–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12219

To R. F. Cooke   9 September 1879

Summary

Pleased that JM will allow two-thirds profits [on Erasmus Darwin] for he wants Krause to receive some profit.

He and his son [Francis] are preparing a large botanical work [Movement in plants], dry as dust, which he must publish on commission. He will be lucky to lose only £100.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  9 Sept 1879
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 360–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12222

From R. F. Cooke   11 September 1879

Summary

On cost of the portrait of Dr Darwin, for Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Sept 1879
Classmark:  DAR 171: 502
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12226

To R. F. Cooke   4 October [1879]

Summary

Final arrangements for publishing Erasmus Darwin. If he were publishing on commission he would have printed only 1000 copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  4 Oct [1879]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 362–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12247
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