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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   7 October [1862?]1

Down, Bromley

7 October

My eye has just caught sight of a curious misprint in your announcement of my Book, viz., the good affects of intercussing for intercrossing.2 It might do a man good to swear a little occasionally, but a formal treatise on the good effects of intercussing is a novelty


The year is conjectured from the date of publication of the first edition of Orchids (see n. 2, below).
The announcement has not been traced. The first edition of Orchids was published in May 1862 with the subtitle ‘on the good effects of intercrossing’. The subtitle was not used in the second edition.


Orchids: On the various contrivances by which British and foreign orchids are fertilised by insects, and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862.


Reports misprint in announcement of his book [Orchids].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
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Source of text
Christie’s (dealers) (27 March 1985)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3753A,” accessed on 26 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10