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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   29 April [1875]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

April 29th

My dear Sir

I have just received revises of 2 first sheets of Insectivorous plants, so you will soon have to decide how many copies to be struck off.— I do not know what to advise; the book may sell very poorly, on the other hand it would be a most unfortunate thing, if enough copies were not printed at first, for it is not likely to go into a 2d. Edit.— Please let me hear.—2 I shall take about 60 copies for friends & men who have aided me.—3

My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to Insectivorous plants, which was published in 1875.
A second edition of Insectivorous plants was not produced in CD’s lifetime; his son Francis produced one in 1888.
For CD’s presentation list, see Appendix IV.


Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.


Insectivorous plants will soon be ready to print. Does not know what to advise on size of printing. May sell poorly.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 312–312A)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9955,” accessed on 18 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23