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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   24 February [1861]

Down Bromley Kent

Feb. 24.

My dear Sir

At last I am able to send last corrected sheet.—1

Please look at back of Title-page: if you object to my inserting my Geological works, strike them out;2 I care little. Please look also, at Postscript p. XII; I most particularly hope you will not object to this insertion.3

Please forward the sheet without loss of time to Messrs Clowes.4 Please do not forget in any Advertisement to insert “with Additions & corrections”. Is Third Edition with additions ever printed on Back of Cloth??

Will you oblige me by kindly distributing copies by enclosed list, which please do not lose.—5

I hope you will be generous & present me some copies. Has my Journal sold at all satisfactorily?6

My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

Footnotes

CD was correcting the proofs for a new edition of Origin. The third edition was published in April 1861.
A listing of CD’s previous publications was included on p. iv of the third edition of Origin. The list included Journal of researches, Coral reefs, Volcanic islands, South America, and Living Cirripedia (1851, 1854).
An advertisement for A. Gray 1861a was inserted on p. xii.
The firm of William Clowes & Sons printed the first and subsequent editions of Origin.
CD’s list of presentation copies for the third edition of Origin is in DAR 210.18. It is transcribed in Correspondence vol. 9, Correspondence vol. 9, Appendix VII.
Murray had brought out a new printing of CD’s Journal of researches in 1860. It was advertised on the title page as being the ‘Tenth thousand’. See Correspondence vol. 8.

Bibliography

Coral reefs: The structure and distribution of coral reefs. Being the first part of the geology of the voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN, during the years 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1842.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Journal of researches: Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by HMS Beagle, under the command of Captain FitzRoy, RN, from 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Henry Colburn. 1839.

Living Cirripedia (1851): A monograph of the sub-class Cirripedia, with figures of all the species. The Lepadidæ; or, pedunculated cirripedes. By Charles Darwin. London: Ray Society. 1851.

Living Cirripedia (1854): A monograph of the sub-class Cirripedia, with figures of all the species. The Balanidæ (or sessile cirripedes); the Verrucidæ, etc. By Charles Darwin. London: Ray Society. 1854.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.

South America: Geological observations on South America. Being the third part of the geology of the voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN, during the years 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1846.

Volcanic islands: Geological observations on the volcanic islands, visited during the voyage of HMS Beagle, together with some brief notices on the geology of Australia and the Cape of Good Hope. Being the second part of the geology of the voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN, during the years 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1844.

Summary

If JM disapproves of inserting CD’s geological works on back of title-page [of Origin, 3d ed.], he should strike them out. CD cares little. Reminds him to insert "additions and corrections" in advertisements. Sends list for presentation copies.

Asks whether his Journal of researches has sold at all satisfactorily.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-3069
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
John Murray
Sent from
Down
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 100)
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3069,” accessed on 10 December 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-3069.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 9

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