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From J. V. Carus   30 October 1867

39, Elsterstrasse | Leipzig,

Oct. 30. 1867

My dear Sir,

Mr Schweizerbart wishes to advertise your new book and to give a short prospectus of it.1 I promised him to write some few lines, but I cannot do it without knowing the exact title of the work. Judging from the inscription on the first page it will be “On the variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication.” But I prefer to ask you directly for it. Possibly you had already a proof of the title-page.

When will the remainder of Vol. I come? As the winter term begins now I should be very glad to get it soon.2

Pray excuse my hurrying!

Yours very sincerely. | Prof J. Victor Carus


Christian Friedrich Schweizerbart was the director of E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung of Stuttgart, CD’s German publisher. Carus was translating Variation into German.
Carus had earlier asked for the final proof-sheets of the first volume of Variation (letter from J. V. Carus, 16 October 1867). Carus was professor extraordinarius of zoology at Leipzig (DSB).


DSB: Dictionary of scientific biography. Edited by Charles Coulston Gillispie and Frederic L. Holmes. 18 vols. including index and supplements. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1970–90.

Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


Asks CD for exact title of Variation for German advertisement.

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Julius Victor Carus
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 161: 64
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5658,” accessed on 27 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15