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From John Murray   1 April 1859

Summary

On the strength of CD’s details about his work on species and his knowledge of CD’s former publications, JM offers to publish [Origin] without seeing the MS.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Apr 1859
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41913 p.32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2443

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  • … may require at the trade price xxxxx Yours very faithfully | (signed) John Murray. Charles …

From John Murray   17 April [1867]

Summary

On cost of electrotypes from woodcuts for Variation and price to charge Schweizerbart.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Apr [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 348
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5504

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  • price as you please— I will insure that M r Clowes makes good Electros— I can send those for Schweitzerbart as he directs. I remain | My Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | John

From John Murray   24 February [1866]

Summary

Sends sheets of Origin [4th edition] for CD to correct [for 3d German edition?].

Still has 600 copies of Orchids, but deficit reduced to £30.

Undertakes to pay two-thirds of profits of the [fourth] edition of Origin as soon as one-half of the copies are sold.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 346
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5417

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  • John Murray, 22 February [1866] and nn.  13 and 14. CD had raised the question of fixing a price

From John Murray   12 November [1872]

Summary

Price of Expression is 12s.

Sends cheque to pay CD his share of profits on Origin [6th ed.].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 430
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8622

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  • John Murray, 11 November 1872 . See letter from R.  F.  Cooke, 14 August 1872 . The photographic illustrations in Expression raised the price

From John Murray   19 September [1867]

Summary

Sends CD cheque for £250, two-thirds of the profits on the sale of 700 copies of Origin, 4th ed.

Hopes he has found a suitable indexer for Variation.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Sept [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 350, 524
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5630

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  • price of Orchids was 9 s. See Freeman 1977 , p.  113. CD’s annotation refers to his payment of £12 for presentation copies. See letter to John

From John Murray   18 October [1866]

Summary

JM states he will publish [Variation] on same basis as Origin, i.e., paying CD two-thirds of the profits.

In response to Asa Gray’s suggestion, he could supply Ticknor & Fields with 250 copies [of Origin, 4th ed.] at half-price.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 338
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5246

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  • price— I could supply them either with early sheets of your new Book or with stereotype plates if they prefer them I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John

From John Murray   1 July 1870

Summary

Financial adjustments for last edition of Origin

and a tentative title for the new work: "Descent of man and selection according to sex". [Later changed to "in relation to sex".]

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 July 1870
Classmark:  DAR 171: 376
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7259

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  • price by one shilling below that of the former Ed n . Of the Titles you have preferred The Descent of Man—& Selection according to Sex— This need not bind you permanently as to your Title. At all events I am glad we have got rid of an objectionable adjective— My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John

From John Murray   28 April [1869]

Summary

Has sold 400 copies of Facts and arguments for Darwin. It is a poor time for bookselling.

Last Quarterly Review has best exposition of Darwinism he has met with [A. R. Wallace, "Geological climates, and origin of species", Q. Rev. 126 (1869): 359–94].

Proposes to print 2000 copies of a new [5th] edition of Origin.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Apr [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 368
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6715

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  • price to the original s 14/— M r Hegt’s book is sent off. My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John

From John Murray   2 November 1859

Summary

By this post he sends for approval specimen copy of CD’s book [Origin of species]. At 14 s., 1250 copies will yield £240, two-thirds of which will go to author. Arrangements for early copies.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Nov 1859
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41913 pp. 53–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2513A

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  • price the edition of 1250 copies will yield about £240— 2 3 rds of which will go to the author— The only alternative is 12/. —which will yield no more than £150— At 14/. the lowest trade allowance will be 9/6 My Trade Sale is unavoidably put off to the 22 nd —this will give more time for your copies to circulate— I will do the best for the foreign ones I am dear Sir (in great haste) | Yours very faithfully, (signed) John
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