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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Edmund Mojsisovics von Mojsvár   29 January 1879

Down. | Beckenham. Kent.

Jan 29— 1879.

Dear Sir

I thank you cordially for the continuation of your fine work on the Tyrolese Dolomites with its striking engravings & the maps which are quite wonderful from the amount of labour which they exhibit, & its extreme difficulty—1 I well remember more than 40 years ago examining a Section of Silurian limestone containing many corals, & thinking to myself that it would be for ever impossible to discover whether the ancient corals had formed atolls or barrier reefs; so you may well believe that your work will interest me greatly as soon as I can find time to read it.—2 I am much obliged for your photograph & from its appearance, rejoice to see that much more good work may be expected from you—

I enclose my own photograph in case you should like to possess a copy—

Believe me dear Sir. | Yours faithfully & obliged | Charles Darwin.


Mojsisovics von Mojsvár sent the first volume of his Die Dolomit-Riffe von Südtirol und Venetien (The Dolomite reefs of South Tyrol and Veneto; Mojsisovics von Mojsvár 1878–9) to CD in April 1878 (Correspondence vol. 26, letter from Edmund Mojsisovics von Mojsvár, 28 April 1878).
In his list of chapters, Mojsisovics von Mojsvár referred to ‘Die sinkende ostalpine Insel der Triaszeit, umrandet von Strand- und Wallriffen’ (The sinking eastern Alpine island of the Triassic, surrounded by fringing and barrier reefs; Mojsisovics von Mojsvár 1878–9, p. xii). CD published Coral reefs in 1842. There is a note by CD, dated July 1838, about the coral-rich limestones of Wenlock Edge in DAR 5: B21; the accompanying drawing is in DAR 130: 119–20. See also Correspondence vol. 2, letter to Charles Lyell, 6 [July 1841].


Comments on EM’s work in Dolomites [Die Dolomit-Riffe von Südtirol (1879)]. Had wondered whether ancient corals formed reefs.

Obliged for EM’s photograph. Sends his own.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Johann August Georg Edmund (Edmund) Mojsisovics von Mojsvár
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Source of text
DAR 146: 384
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11851,” accessed on 29 November 2021,