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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Karl Alberts   16 September 1879

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Sep 16. 1879

Dear Sir,

I am much obliged for your letter, & hope that the little book may sell fairly well in Germany.1 As I was in communication with Mons Reinwald, I asked Dr Krause whether he would object to French & American editions, appearing to which he agreed.2 M. Reinwald proposed to bring out an edition, but I do not positively know that he keeps to his decision. He has published translations of all my books and gives me a percentage on the profit; and this if any I intended to hand over to Dr Krause. It therefore makes no difference to me who publishes the French edition, excepting that I consider myself pledged in honour to give my Notice to M. Reinwald.

I always supply Messrs Appleton with stereotype plates of the type & they give me a percentage of the profits which I likewise intend to hand over to Dr Krause.3 I have informed Dr Krause of the cost of the autotype portrait: cliches of the two woodblocks will cost only a trifle.4

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin

P.S. I will write by this post to M. Reinwald, & tell him what I have said to you5

Footnotes

Alberts’s letter has not been found. He was arranging the publication of Erasmus Darwin in Germany (see letter from Ernst Krause, 12 September 1879).
CD had sent a copy of the proof-sheets of Erasmus Darwin to Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald (see letter to C.-F. Reinwald, 11 September 1879). See also letter to Ernst Krause, 5 [May] 1879.
The letter to Reinwald has not been found, but see the letter to C.-F. Reinwald, 11 September 1879.

Bibliography

Erasmus Darwin. By Ernst Krause. Translated from the German by W. S. Dallas, with a preliminary notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1879.

Erasmus Darwin US ed.: Erasmus Darwin. By Ernst Krause. Translated from the German by W. S. Dallas, with a preliminary notice by Charles Darwin. New York: D. Appleton and Company. 1880.

Summary

Explains his arrangements with Messrs Reinwald in France and Appleton in America, if they were to publish his work on Erasmus Darwin.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-12232F
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Karl Alberts
Source of text
Erbengemeinschaft Alberts (private collection)
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12232F,” accessed on 5 December 2021, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/?docId=letters/DCP-LETT-12232F.xml

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