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To R. F. Cooke   22 April [1871]


Detailed questions about illustrations for [forthcoming] Expression.

Asks whether Times review has hurt sales of Descent.

The type on specimen page of Origin [6th ed.] seems clear, but lines are close. The cost is the great point for a wide circulation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke
Date:  22 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 285–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7705

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  • … was published in 1872 at a reduced price (see Freeman 1977 ). John Murray produced a third …

From R. F. Cooke   12 February 1872


Sends first copy of new [6th] edition of Origin. Expenses have been much higher than estimated because of extensive revisions. 3000 copies retailing at 6s would yield only £100 profit. Suggests fixing price at 7s 6d.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 407
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8209

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  • … as well as much new content. John Murray had suggested a price of 7 s. 6 d. for a cheap …
  • … for an even lower price (see Correspondence vol.  19, letter from John Murray, 31 May [ …

From R. F. Cooke   16 June 1874


In doubt about size of printing of the 2d edition of Descent. Profit on 2000 at 12s would be only £250.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 June 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 439
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9493

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  • price and quality of the edition, see the letter to R.  F.  Cooke, 10 April [1874] , and the letter to John

From R. F. Cooke   17 November 1874


Booksellers approve of [9s] price for 2d edition of Descent. 1350 copies were sold at annual sale.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 443
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9721

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  • John Murray, had originally intended to charge twelve shillings for Descent 2d ed.  but just before his sale dinner for leading booksellers he decided to reduce the price

From R. F. Cooke   25 October 1875


Stereotype plates of Climbing plants sent to D. Appleton’s agent.

A revised edition of Orchids would be desirable.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Oct 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 476
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10224

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  • John Murray in 1862. See letter from R. F. Cooke, 22 October 1875 . CD often commented on both the price

From R. F. Cooke   24 May 1875


Replies to CD’s various questions and suggestions concerning publication plans for Insectivorous plants.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 452
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9990

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  • … Co. , pay John Murray fifteen to twenty per cent more than the cost price for the …

From R. F. Cooke   21 August 1872


Has ordered printing of 2000 sets of illustrations [for Expression] for Murray’s and informed D. Appleton of price per thousand. Has answered letter from Eduard Koch [of Schweizerbart]. Has also arranged for index.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Aug 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 417
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8479

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  • price of £50 for stereotypes of the text and electrotypes of the woodcuts of Expression (see letter from Charles Layton, 13 August 1872 ). CD had forwarded a note from the German publisher Eduard Friedrich Koch, regarding the German translation of Expression ( letter to R.  F.  Cooke, 17 August 1872 ). Electros: electrotypes of the woodcut illustrations. The photographs were reproduced as heliotypes. John

From R. F. Cooke   5 January 1877


Orchids [2d ed.] will soon be published.

1000 more copies of Descent [2d ed.] will soon have to be printed, so CD could send any alterations to be made in the plates.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 484
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10771

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  • John Murray’s annual November sale dinner, at which major booksellers bought stock at a discount, see J. Murray 1908–9 , p. 540. The 1877 reprint of Descent 2d ed. had ‘Twelfth thousand, revised and augmented’ on the title page ( Freeman 1977 ). CD’s annotations were probably notes for his reply, but none has been found. CD may have discussed the points in person while he was in London from 6 to 15 January 1877 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)). He evidently wanted to ask about the price
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