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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   25 October 1872

50A, Albemarle Street, London, W.

Octr. 25 1872

My dear Sir

Mr Murray will allow you 18 copies of your new work as he did with the “Descent”, the edition of that work being 2500 Copies & this is only 20001

Of course all other copies shall be charged you at our lowest trade price.

Mr Murray has never settled with you yet for the cheap edition of “Origin” but it has not been forgotten, & shall be looked at after our trade sale when we hope to sell some. Unfortunately we have 50 copies remaining of the old edition, which wont move off!!!2

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esq

All the foreigners have paid for the Heliotypes & Electros except our Delft friend,3 who has had a copy of the book but nothing else


See letter to R. F. Cooke, 23 October [1872]. Cooke refers to Expression and Descent, and to John Murray.
At CD’s request, Origin 6th ed. was a cheaper edition than previous ones (see letter to John Murray, 8 January [1872] and n. 3).
Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen (of Delft) translated Expression into Dutch. The publisher was Johan IJkema, also of Delft.


Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.

Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.

Origin 6th ed.: The origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.


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

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

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 426
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8575,” accessed on 23 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20