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Darwin Correspondence Project

To R. F. Cooke   7 August 1872

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Aug 7th 72

My dear Sir

I enclose a Receipt.—1 Thinking over the cost of stereotype of text, I looked at your former note, & find that I made a very stupid mistake. I thought you had said that the stereotypes would cost £40, whereas the sum is £30, & cost of setting up type is £40.— On this scale I shd. have proposed £45, but now will you agree to £50, instead of £55 for stereotype of type & wood-blocks.— Mrs Appleton will then get only the advantage over setting up the type himself of the cost of the stereotype plates, less carriage.—2 When you inform me of the price of Heliotypes pray answer me this question.—3 I will then at once write to Mrs. Appleton.

I will tell the Appletons that they cannot publish an hour before we do, but that we will supply the plates, so that they may publish very soon after us. My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin

10£ for cliches for all other foreign Editors.—4


Cooke had enclosed a cheque with his letter of 6 August 1872.
CD had proposed charging D. Appleton & Co. £55 for stereotypes of the printed text and electrotypes of the engravings of Expression (see letter to R. F. Cooke, 4 August 1872). For Cooke’s estimate of the actual costs, see his letter of 1 August 1872.
Expression included photographic plates that were reproduced as heliotypes (see letter from R. F. Cooke, 1 August 1872 and n. 6).
On the translations of Expression, see the letter from R. F. Cooke, 1 August 1872, nn. 5 and 8.


Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.


On arrangements for paying for stereotyped plates for Expression. D. Appleton will be told not to publish "an hour before" Murray.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
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Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 255–6)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8455,” accessed on 15 May 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20