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To Charles Layton   24 November [1869]

Summary

CD long anxious for new American edition of Origin to incorporate corrections since 2d ed. [of 1860]; believes such updating has kept English and continental sales high. If Appleton unable to comply, he will ask Asa Gray to find another publisher.

Mentions possible arrangements for U. S. edition of new book [Descent].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles James (Charles) Layton
Date:  24 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  Parke-Bernet (dealers) (31 March 1964), Sotheby’s (dealers) (21 May 1968), William Patrick Watson (dealer) catalogue 18 (2012)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7007

To Charles Layton   26 November [1869]

Summary

The 5th edition of Origin was printed some months previously and stereotypes cannot be supplied.

If Appletons will reprint the 5th edition of Origin in America, he pledges to supply stereotypes, if possible, or the sheets as printed if not, of his new book (Descent).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles James (Charles) Layton
Date:  26 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  Bonhams, New York (dealers) (13 June 2019, lot 5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7012F

From Charles Layton   23 December 1869

Summary

Has received letter from Appleton’s that they agree to reprint from the latest edition of the Origin [5th English] and will add corrections sent by CD.

They wish also to receive early sheets of new book [Descent] on which they will pay £10.

Will send cheque for sales of Origin, based on older agreement between Appleton’s and Asa Gray to pay CD 5%.

Author:  Charles James (Charles) Layton; D. Appleton & Co
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Dec 1869
Classmark:  DAR 159: 85
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7033

From Charles Layton   25 November 1869

Summary

Asks CD to have stereotype plates made of new edition of Origin [5th English], if type still standing, though Appleton will reset type if necessary. Warns there is smaller audience in the U. S. for "good scientific books".

Appleton would also like plates made of new book [Descent] when possible.

Author:  Charles James (Charles) Layton; D. Appleton & Co
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Nov 1869
Classmark:  DAR 159: 84
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7009

From Charles Layton   22 November 1869

Summary

Appleton & Co. wish to be supplied with set of stereotype plates of CD’s new book [Descent] for American market; will pay for cost of plates, and 10% of sales to CD.

Also desire plates for new edition of the Origin.

Author:  Charles James (Charles) Layton; D. Appleton & Co
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Nov 1869
Classmark:  DAR 159: 83a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7003
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Date
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