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From W. K. Parker   18 January 1878

Summary

Sorry he was out when CD called.

Author:  William Kitchen Parker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Jan 1878
Classmark:  DAR 174: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10077

From W. C. Marshall   25 September [1878]

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Observations on insectivorous plants.

Author:  William Cecil (Bill) Marshall
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Sept [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 86: B1–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10173

From F. M. Balfour   [c. 31 January 1878?]

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His brother Cecil is reading Coral reefs, and, as his business involves the Keeling Islands and Torres Straits, he offers to make any observations CD might want.

Author:  Francis Maitland Balfour
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 31 Jan 1878?]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10332

To Milan Radovanović   [before 12 February 1878]

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Thanks for congratulations on his coming birthday. Has nothing special to say as a preface to S[erbian] edition [of Origin (1878)], except to hope it is in every way successful.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Milan Marinković (Milan) Radovanović
Date:  [before 12 Feb 1878]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10827

From R. T. Clarke   6 February [1878]

Summary

Sends curious, coloured pea seeds.

Author:  Richard Trevor Clarke
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 161: 169
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10832

To G. J. Romanes   15 April [1878]

Summary

Regrets that GJR was passed over for membership in Royal Society. Discusses criteria applied by Council.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George John Romanes
Date:  15 Apr [1878]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.509)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10929

From Thomas Meehan   28 April [1878]

Summary

Sends CD Dr Wood’s lecture on insectivorous plants.

Had no intention of antagonising CD with his observations on Linum; was anxious to account for its apparently different behaviour.

Author:  Thomas Meehan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Apr [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 111
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10944

To W. C. Marshall   27 September [1878]

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Thanks WCM for plant.

Mentions "your new room" at Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Cecil (Bill) Marshall
Date:  27 Sept [1878]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11153

From George Henslow   [c. 20 February 1878]

Summary

Discusses various authors’ interpretations of the structure of the embryo of grasses.

Author:  George Henslow
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 20 Feb 1878]
Classmark:  DAR 209.4: 431
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11219

From J. D. Hooker   [c. 20 February 1878]

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Discusses the structure of grass embryos; states differing theories regarding which part of the seed corresponds to the cotyledon.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c. 20 Feb 1878]
Classmark:  DAR 209.4: 432
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11220

To Francis Darwin   [1878?]

Summary

Forwards an unspecified work for FD to read.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [1878?]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11302

To Francis Darwin   5 [June 1878]

Summary

Sends letter and seeds from [F. J. Cohn].

Is working too hard.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  5 [June 1878]
Classmark:  DAR 211: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11303

From Ellen Harrison to Emma Darwin   [January 1878]

Summary

On an elephant’s crying when foot was operated on.

Author:  Ellen Acland; Ellen Harrison
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  [Jan 1878]
Classmark:  DAR 166: 108
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11304

To Raphael Meldola   1 January [1878]

Summary

Good article by Fritz Müller in Kosmos supporting August Weismann’s views on caterpillars.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  1 Jan [1878]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11305

To Édouard Heckel   1 January 1878

Summary

Pleased EH is translating Forms of flowers. Agrees "cowslip" and "oxlip" ought to be translated by their scientific names.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Édouard Marie (Édouard) Heckel
Date:  1 Jan 1878
Classmark:  Heritage Auctions (dealers) (13 and 14 December 2011, lot 37038)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11306

To H. D. Garrison   [1878]

Summary

Regrets he was not at home when HDG called.

HDG’s observations on the evolution of the human ear are well worth consideration.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Herod Dailey Garrison
Date:  [1878]
Classmark:  Felter 1902, p. 124
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11306F

To Hermann Müller   1 January [1878]

Summary

Thanks HM for his review [of Forms of flowers, Kosmos 2 (1877–8): 286].

Thinks HM’s previous article was very important [Kosmos 2 (1877–8): 128–40]. CD will "heartily rejoice" if HM has explained the steps by which Rhamnus and Valeriana have been rendered dioecious.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Date:  1 Jan [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 438
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11307

From Raphael Meldola   2 January [1878]

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Wishes to borrow third part of Fritz Müller’s article on sexual selection in butterflies [Kosmos 2 (1877–8): 218–24].

Is forwarding material on stridulation, including Prof. Wood-Mason’s paper ["Note on Mygale stridulans", Trans. R. Entomol. Soc. Lond. (1877): 281–2], which should interest CD.

Author:  Raphael Meldola
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Jan [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 121
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11308

To ?   2 January 1878

Summary

Thanks correspondent for note and specimen; they will be of use in new edition of Forms of flowers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Unidentified
Date:  2 Jan 1878
Classmark:  Rensselaer Libraries, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Gerald and Sue Friedman manuscript collection MC 72 Box 1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11308A

To Raphael Meldola   3 January 1878

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Is dispatching December number of Kosmos.

Will read the discussion on stridulation that RM mentioned.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  3 Jan 1878
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11309
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Darwin in letters, 1878: Movement and sleep

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In 1878, Darwin devoted most of his attention to the movements of plants. He investigated the growth pattern of roots and shoots, studying the function of specific organs in this process. Working closely with his son Francis, Darwin devised a series of…

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  • … is to lessen injury to leaves from radiation In 1878, Darwin devoted most of his …
  • … scientific man’ ( letter to J. D. Hooker, 14 December [1878] ). Writing to Ernst Haeckel on …
  • … plants.’ Movement in plants In the spring of 1878, Darwin started to focus on the …
  • … come up arched’ ( letter to Sophy Wedgwood, 24 March [1878–80] ). While Darwin was studying the …
  • … of apex’ ( letter to Francis Darwin, [11 May 1878] ). Having found plants responsive to …
  • … at my blunder’ ( letter to John Tyndall, 22 December [1878] ). Son abroad Darwin’s …
  • … kind to him’ ( letter to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer, 18 June [1878] ). While Francis was away, Darwin …
  • … work, I scribble to you ( letter to Francis Darwin, 7 [July 1878] ). Two weeks later he wrote: ‘I …
  • … to discuss it with’ ( letter to Francis Darwin, 20 [July 1878] ). It is unclear why the …
  • … reported ( letter from Francis Darwin, [after 7 July 1878] ): ‘The oats have only just begun to …
  • … Francis wrote ( letter from Francis Darwin, [before 17 July 1878] ), ‘a strong horizontal axis …
  • … rather’ ( letter from Francis Darwin, [before 3 August 1878] ). One day Francis observed that the …
  • … out one’ ( letter from Francis Darwin, [after 7 July 1878] ). Sachs’s confidence was apparently …
  • … him,’ he reported ( letter from Francis Darwin, [22 June 1878] ). ‘Sachs doesn’t consider that …
  • … all evils’ ( letter from Francis Darwin, [24 and 25 July 1878] ). Babies and animals …
  • … he added a week later ( letter to Francis Darwin, 14 July [1878] ). Darwin had of course observed …
  • … have said a gee-gee’ ( letter to Francis Darwin, 17 July [1878] ). On 12 September , Darwin …
  • … will always do so’ ( letter to G. J. Romanes, 20 August [1878] ). Darwin remarked that a monkey …
  • … in your house!’ ( letter to G. J. Romanes, 2 September [1878] ). More remarkable cases of …
  • … of a thieving wasp’ ( letter from G. J. Romanes, 21 June 1878 ). An inspiration In …
  • … ( letter from J.-B. Dumas and Joseph Bertrand, 5 August 1878 ). Despite his many botanical …
  • … to me quite ridiculous’ ( letter to John Price, 2 April [1878] ). When a wealthy businessman tried …
  • … ( letter from Edmund Mojsisovics von Mojsvár, 28 April 1878 ). ‘What a wonderful change in the …
  • … The Swiss botanist Arnold Dodel-Port announced on 12 June 1878 the first issue of an atlas with …
  • … come together’ ( letter from Arnold Dodel-Port, 18 June 1878 ). In countries where …
  • … are without you’ (letters from Carl Kraus, [31?] January 1878 and 10 February 1878 ). Darwin …
  • … been school-boys’ ( letter to Karl von Scherzer, 1 April 1878 ). More critics Closer …
  • … matter’ ( letter from H. N. Ridley, [before 28 November 1878] ). Darwin received a copy of the …
  • … care of himself ’ ( letter from J. B. Innes, 1 December 1878 ). Darwin did not think the Oxford …

Darwn's letters from 1878 online

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Investigating the movements and 'sleep' of plants, being entertained by the mental faculties of his young grandson Bernard, finally elected a corresponding member of the French Académie des sciences, trying to secure a government grant to support…

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  • … of  over 550 letters written to and from Darwin in 1878  are now online. Read more about  Darwin& …
  • … of plants & bloom . Darwin summed up his work in 1878 briefly in his journal. …
  • … then in Afghanistan; Darwin signed two anti-war petitions in 1878. I may say with …

Wearing his knowledge lightly: From Fritz Müller, 5 April 1878

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Darwin received letters from so many people and wrote so many fascinating letters himself, that it’s hard to choose from many letters that stand out, but one of this editor’s favourites, that always brings a smile, is a letter from Fritz Müller written 5…

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  • … smile, is a letter from Fritz Müller written 5 April 1878 . Müller was a German naturalist …

Diagrams and drawings in letters

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Over 850 illustrations from the printed volumes of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin have been added to the online transcripts of the letters. The contents include maps, diagrams, drawings, sketches and photographs, covering geological, botanical,…

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  • … specimen, both sides of which are reproduced,  29 January 1878 S. B. J. Skertchly's …

Power of movement in plants

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Family experiments Darwin was an active and engaged father during his children's youth, involving them in his experiments and even occasionally using them as observational subjects. When his children…

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  • … Letter 11586 - Darwin to Francis Darwin, 2 July 1878 Darwin writes to Francis to …
  • … Letter 11628 - Francis Darwin to Darwin, 24 July 1878 Francis writes to his father …

3.8 Leonard Darwin, interior photo

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< Back to Introduction Leonard Darwin, who created the distinctive image of his father sitting on the verandah at Down House, also portrayed him as a melancholy philosopher. His head, brightly lit from above, emerges from the enveloping darkness; he…

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  • … when he took his photographs. This one must be before August 1878, when it was reproduced as a …
  • … copies in the Darwin archive say the photograph was taken in 1878. The latter date is accepted by …
  • … Leonard wrote to his father from Brompton Barracks in April 1878 enclosing two photographs …
  • … of the photograph at Down House that he took it in 1878.   It was this photograph which …
  • … date of creation undated; probably early 1878 
 computer-readable date c.1878-01-01 to c …
  • … to his father, enclosing unidentified photographs, 25 April 1878. Woodburytype reproduction of …

Photograph album of German and Austrian scientists

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The album was sent to Darwin to mark his birthday on 12 February 1877 by the civil servant Emil Rade, and contained 165 portraits of German and Austrian scientists. The work was lavishly produced and bound in blue velvet with metal embossing. Its ornate…

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  • … east Bohemia, sent Darwin birthday wishes a year too late in 1878 and pleaded to have his photograph …
  • … German album ( Letter from Carl  Kraus , 10 February 1878 )   …

Darwin and the Church

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The story of Charles Darwin’s involvement with the church is one that is told far too rarely. It shows another side of the man who is more often remembered for his personal struggles with faith, or for his role in large-scale controversies over the…

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  • … a high opinion of Darwin’s character that he claimed in 1878 to have made the following declaration …
  • … of himself. Letter from J. B. Innes, 1 December 1878 This was a stirring …

Movement in Plants

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The power of movement in plants, published on 7 November 1880, was the final large botanical work that Darwin wrote. It was the only work in which the assistance of one of his children, Francis Darwin, is mentioned on the title page. The research for this…

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  • … son Francis worked in this laboratory in the summers of 1878 and 1879,  he encountered some of the …
  • … Movement in plants , p. 179. In May 1878, Darwin had pointed out the importance of …
  • … his experiments on the function of bloom. By December 1878, Darwin was thinking about the …
  • … accuracy ( letter from J. D. Cooper, 13 December 1878 ). The method would be expensive, so Darwin …

4.31 'La Lune Rousse', Gill cartoon

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< Back to Introduction A drawing of Darwin by André Gill borrows a satirical trope found in The Hornet, Fun and Punch, showing him with a large caricatured head joined to the body of an ape. However, La Lune Rousse is distinctively French in…

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  • … at bottom left 
 date of creation August 1878 
 computer-readable date 1878-01 …
  • … and bibliography La Lune Rousse , 2:89 (18 August 1878), pp. 1-2. Janet Browne, Charles …

Darwin in letters, 1882: Nothing too great or too small

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In 1882, Darwin reached his 74th year Earthworms had been published the previous October, and for the first time in decades he was not working on another book. He remained active in botanical research, however. Building on his recent studies in plant…

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  • … experiments. Francis went to Germany in the summer of 1878 for more experience in physiological …
  • … this to you’ ( letter to Francis Darwin, [1 August 1878] ). The last years also saw Darwin …
  • … and Earthworms , pp. 221–8). Darwin resumed contact in 1878. On receiving Darwin’s letter, …
  • … at wormbs”’ ( letter from Mary Johnson, [after 22 July 1878] ).   Edition complete …

Darwin’s Photographic Portraits

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Darwin was a photography enthusiast. This is evident not only in his use of photography for the study of Expression and Emotions in Man and Animal, but can be witnessed in his many photographic portraits and in the extensive portrait correspondence that…

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  • … than a postman’s bag. Image: Charles Darwin, 1878, Leonard Darwin, Dar 225:119, ©Cambridge …
  • … on a wicker chair. Image: Charles Darwin, 1878, Leonard Darwin, Dar 225:1, ©Cambridge …

Dining at Down House

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Dining, Digestion, and Darwin's Domestic Life While Darwin is best remembered for his scientific accomplishments, he greatly valued and was strongly influenced by his domestic life. Darwin's…

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  • … Leonard Darwin to George Darwin, 8 February [1878] Darwin’s youngest son, Leonard (Lenny), …

1.13 Louisa Nash, drawing

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< Back to Introduction This sketch portrait of Darwin was drawn by Louisa A‘hmuty Nash as a memento of her friendship with the Darwin family and a token of her unbounded admiration and affection for Darwin himself.  She and her husband, the lawyer…

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  • … tragedy that prompted the couple to emigrate to Oregon in 1878. In a letter to Wallis Nash deploring …
  • … ‘L.A’hN’. 
 date of creation c.1873–1878 
 computer-readable date 1873-01-01 to …
  • … DCP-LETT-10732. Letter from Darwin to Wallis Nash, 27 March 1878, DCP-LETT-11450A, granting Nash’s …

1.12 Marian Huxley, drawing

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< Back to Introduction Portrayals of Darwin by women in his social circle cannot be lumped together as the products of adoring amateurs. In 1878 he was sketched by Marian (‘Mady’) Huxley, who was then only in her late teens, but already a trained and…

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  • … be lumped together as the products of adoring amateurs. In 1878 he was sketched by Marian (‘Mady’) …
  • … twenties.   The drawing of Darwin is dateable to 1878 from an inscription on the original …
  • … bottom right ‘MH’ 
 date of creation 1878 
 computer-readable date …

Cross and self fertilisation

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The effects of cross and self fertilisation in the vegetable kingdom, published on 10 November 1876, was the result of a decade-long project to provide evidence for Darwin’s belief that ‘‘Nature thus tells us, in the most emphatic manner, that she abhors…

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  • … A. W. Rimpau, 10 December 1877 ). By the end of February 1878, Murray was ready to print the second …

4.30 'La Petite Lune', Gill cartoon

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< Back to Introduction La Petite Lune was a sister paper of La Lune Rousse, and was published, edited and illustrated by André Gill, through 1878-9. It featured a series of caricatures titled ‘Les hommes illustrés’, to which this belongs. Gill again…

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  • … published, edited and illustrated by André Gill, through 1878-9. It featured a series of …
  • … date of creation July or August 1878 
 computer-readable date c. 1878-07-01 to 1878-08 …
  • … references and bibliography La Petite Lune , 10 (August 1878). Janet Browne, Charles Darwin: …

4.33 'Harper's Weekly', Bellew caricature

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< Back to Introduction In a page of comic drawings by Frank Bellew, ostensibly his ‘Sketches in the New York Aquarium’, yet another joke about Darwin’s simian connections makes an appearance. ‘The Chimpanzee’ sits on a fancy bed amid the straw…

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  • … Frank Bellew 
 date of creation May 1878 
 computer-readable date c. …
  • … New York Aquarium’, Harper’s Weekly , 22:1115 (11 May 1878), p. 368. J. van Wyhe, ‘Iconography’, …

2.23 Hope Pinker statue, Oxford Museum

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< Back to Introduction Henry Richard Hope Pinker’s life-size statue of Darwin was installed in the Oxford University Museum on 14 June 1899. It was the latest in a series of statues of great scientific thinkers, the ‘Founders and Improvers of Natural…

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  • … lap. It compensated him for the rebuff he had received in 1878, when his proposal to create a bust …
  • … from William Darwin to his father Charles Darwin, 10 July [1878], in The Correspondence of Charles …

3.17 Lock and Whitfield, 'Men of Mark'

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< Back to Introduction The ambitious series of photographs of Men of Mark, published by the firm of Lock and Whitfield between 1876 and 1883, was a successor to similar sets which had appeared in the 1850s and 1860s. This one was distinguished by its…

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  • … at the end of the third series or volume, published in 1878, rounding off a miscellany of …
  • … 1877-8 
 computer-readable date 1877-01-01 to 1878-12-31 
 medium and material …
  • … (London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, 1878), no. 36. Lithographic vignette by Jan …
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