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From J. J. Moulinié   25 November 1867

Geneva

25th Nov. 1867.

Dear Sir,

I am happy to inform you that I have last week forwarded to my Editor in Paris, the end of the copy of the first volume.1 I am actually expecting the first proofs of the Eigth chapter, and conjecture, for I have not yet received them, that the six first chapters must now be printed and finished, for I have long ago, given the signature for press for them.

As for what concerns the publishing of the first volume separately, I must leave that to your own decision, being a far more competent judge than I can be, of what may be most convenient.2 Unless there be peculiar and important motives to do otherwise, I think that in a general manner, it is perhaps better, when it can be done, to publish a work complete, and lay at once the whole subject before the reader, However, what you will decide on the matter, will be done.

I remain, my dear Sir your’s | very respectfully | J J Moulinié

P.S. The french publisher at Paris is: Mr. C. Reinwald, Libraire-Editeur, 15, rue des Saints-Pères.3

Footnotes

Moulinié refers to the first volume of Variation, which he was translating into French, and to Charles-Ferdinand Reinwald (see n. 3, below).
See letter to J. J. Moulinié, 22 November [1867]. Reinwald published the French editions of many of CD’s books (see Freeman 1977).

Bibliography

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

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

Summary

First volume of Variation has been translated. He does not support CD’s suggestion that the two volumes might be published separately.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-5697
From
Jean Jacques Moulinié
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Geneva
Source of text
DAR 171: 269
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5697,” accessed on 20 January 2022, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/?docId=letters/DCP-LETT-5697.xml

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

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