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From B. J. Edwards & Co.   16 February 1876

B. J. Edwards & Co. | Phototint & Heliotype | Printers, | Photo-lithographers, &c.

Works, | Lincoln Terrace, | Kilburn, N.W. | 61, Fleet Street, E.C. | London,

Feby 16 1876

Charles Darwin Eqre | Down | Beckenham | Kent.

Dear Sir

Herewith we post you a set of illustrations to “Expression of the Emotions”, whereon we have marked with a X in pencil those figures which we think could be improved in a future edition, if you could furnish us with the materials to make fresh negatives from.1

The cost of making such new negatives and substituting them for the existing ones would be 7/6 for each figure so altered.

It would take a few days to re-arrange the plates; therefore, in the event of a new edition being required, with these alterations, the materials for them should be sent to us in good time.— There need not be any actual expense incurred until it is certain that more prints will be wanted.

We are dear Sir | Your faithful | B. J. Edwards & Coy.


The enclosure has not been found. Edwards improved the heliotype reproductions of photographs that were used for the third German edition of Expression (Carus trans. 1877b); see letter to John Murray, 15 November 1876. A second English edition of Expression was not produced in CD’s lifetime.


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


Sends set of illustrations for Expression marked to show those that could be improved for a future edition.

Letter details

Letter no.
B. J. Edwards & Co.
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Fleet St, 61
Source of text
DAR 163: 2
Physical description
2pp encl

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10398,” accessed on 23 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24