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From J. V. Carus   11 November 1867


Nov. 11th. | 1867

My dear Sir,

I should be very sorry if you should think that I intend to write a Prospectus of your work before knowing it.1 All that Schweizerbart asked me to do was to put down some few lines on the contents and the whole tenor of the first volume, which he could use for his advertisement of the work. And this does not even reach the public but is chiefly if not exclusively sent to booksellers.

Shall I return the proof of title?2

On page 325 there are two quotations of “Gardener’s Chron. and Agricult Gaz.”, notes 73 and 74. The pages are so near each other (729 and 730) that I think I ought to ask you if the years are correct, one gives 1856, the other 1855. I have no access to that periodical here, else I should look myself if all is right.3

The first two words on p. 348 made me ask you, what is “gean”; at first I thought “géant” was meant, but the word is on so prominent a place of the page, that it is not likely to be overlooked.4

Couldn’t you ask Mr Murray to send the last sheet and preface (if there is one) at once. Schweizerbart (that is, his successor) is quite out of humour;5 he saw the original advertised and sends me telegrams and letters to get the end out of me.6

I beg to accept my very best wishes for your health and and | Yours very sincerely | J. Victor Carus


Notes 73 and 74 in Variation 1: 325 refer respectively to Gardeners’ Chronicle 1856, p. 729, and Gardeners’ Chronicle 1855, p. 730.
The first two words in Variation 1: 348 are ‘Hungarian Gean’, a variety of cherry. In his translation (Carus trans. 1868, 1: 439), Carus left the name ‘Gean’ untranslated.
In autumn 1867, Christian Friedrich Schweizerbart was succeeded by Eduard Friedrich Koch as director of E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung of Stuttgart (Biographisches Jahrbuch und deutscher Nekrolog 2 (1898): 227).
Advertisements of the publication of Variation appeared in the Publishers’ Circular, 1 October 1867, p. 566, and the Athenaeum, 19 October 1867, p. 487.


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


Is not writing prospectus [of Variation] – merely sketch of contents and tenor of first volume for advertisement to booksellers.

Questions on details for the translation.

Publisher anxious to get volume out.

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Julius Victor Carus
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 161: 65
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5676,” accessed on 6 December 2021,

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