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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Karl Alberts   8 October 1879

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Oct 8. 1879

Dear Sir,

Mr Murray has forwarded to me your card, as he does not read German. He will supply cliches of the two wood-cuts at a trifling cost. With respect to the phototype I believe that I sent a copy to Dr Krause; any how I have not one left, but could of course procure one1   I much doubt whether it would be possible to make a good copy from a photograph, the price per 1,000 copies of those in the english edition will be £7; for a large size either £7–17s–6d or 8£–2s–6d per 1,000. If you dertermine to have copies printed in England you had better send me the exact size of your page & then Mr Murray could give the order

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


Karl Alberts was the director of Ernst Günther, the firm publishing the German version of Erasmus Darwin; the English version was published by John Murray. Erasmus Darwin contained two woodcuts (of Elston Hall, p. 3, and Breadsall Priory, p. 125), and a photograph of a painting of Erasmus Darwin (1731–1802) by Joseph Wright as a frontispiece.


John Murray could supply clichés of two woodcuts at a trifling cost.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Karl Alberts
Source of text
Erbengemeinschaft Alberts (private collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12251F,” accessed on 29 November 2021,