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To John Murray   17 November [1856–7]

Summary

Asks JM for four copies of his Journal of researches [2d ed.] at wholesale price. Also asks for total number of copies sold.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  17 Nov [1856-7]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.62–63)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1026

From John Murray   19 November [1875]

Summary

Report on sales of Origin, Insectivorous plants, and Climbing plants.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 210.11: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10265

To John Murray   20 November 1875

Summary

Greatly pleased at sale [of Climbing plants].

Points out a discrepancy in their records of copies of Origin printed.

500 more copies of Insectivorous plants should last forever.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Nov 1875
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 318–19)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10267

From John Murray   22 November [1875]

Summary

Sends cheques in payment on three of CD’s books.

Proposes to print 500 copies of Insectivorous plants before distributing the type.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 478
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10270

To John Murray   23 November 1875

Summary

Asks to be informed whenever more copies of his books are printed, as there may be errors to correct.

Asks how many copies of Origin have been printed "from the first". The number will be "a good puff" when listed in the new edition of Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 Nov 1875
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 316–17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10272

From John Murray   23 November [1875]

Summary

JM has printed 16250 copies of Origin since 1859.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 479
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10273

To John Murray   20 November [1856–7]

Summary

Thanks for gift [of books requested in 1026]. Sale is a good deal more than he had anticipated.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Nov [1856-7]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.54–55)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1028

From John Murray   6 January [1876]

Summary

At last, Expression is beginning to sell again.

Cooke has not yet decided on number of Variation [2d ed.] to print.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 481
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10347

To John Murray   30 December [1846]

Summary

Asks JM for information on sales of his Journal of researches and to procure for him a copy of the American edition. He is curious to see if the part on slavery has been altered.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  30 Dec [1846]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.10–11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1039

To John Murray   15 November 1876

Summary

Is satisfied with sales of his books.

Did not expect Orchids to sell more than 600 or 700 copies.

Only bad item is Expression, which astonishes him, since it sells well in Germany.

Asks size of printing of Cross and self-fertilisation; thinks 1500 would be ample.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  15 Nov 1876
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 306–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10672

From John Murray   27 November [1877]

Summary

Sends CD his share of profits on Descent and Forms of flowers.

Wants to reprint Cross and self-fertilisation because supply of copies is entirely exhausted.

Congratulates CD on his Cambridge honour [LL.D.].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 495
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11255

To John Murray   28 November 1877

Summary

On publishing details for various CD books.

Has no corrections for new issue of Descent [2d ed.].

Questions amount of cheque for profits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  28 Nov 1877
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 293–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11258

From John Murray   29 November [1877]

Summary

Answers CD’s query about payment made to him [for Descent and Forms of flowers] and explains the basis on which it was made. Because of CD’s wish to be paid before editions are sold off, profits must be estimated. If he were willing to accept annual statements of sales, payments based on them, and final accounting when all were sold, there would be no uncertainty. This is JM’s usual practice.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 497, DAR 210.11: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11259

To John Murray   30 November 1877

Summary

Thanks for accounts which make everything intelligible to him. Since he was glad to have Orchids published at one-half of profits for himself, he believes it would be very shabby to accept JM’s new offer of two-thirds profits. Thinks it would be fairer to both to change to JM’s usual practice with authors [i.e., annual statements of sales, payments based on them, and final accounting when all copies have been sold].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  30 Nov 1877
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 299)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11262

To John Murray   1 October [1878]

Summary

Encloses a cheque for £11.19.9. Will transmit £7.9.4 to Fritz Müller. Thanks for account of the sale of his books, which appears to be in a "lamentable state".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  1 Oct [1878]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 176
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11712A

To John Murray   2 June 1879

Summary

Intends to publish a translation of Ernst Krause’s essay on Dr Erasmus Darwin, with a prefatory notice by himself. Asks JM to decide whether to publish it on commission or on usual two-thirds profit terms. CD incapable of judging chance of its selling.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 June 1879
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 356–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12078

From John Murray   3 June [1879]

Summary

Is well disposed toward publishing Krause’s essay on Dr Erasmus Darwin, particularly if CD undertakes to fill up its gaps. He thinks ED’s reputation is increasing.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 June [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 92: B11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12080

From John Murray   3 September [1879]

Summary

Likes CD’s memoir of his grandfather and offers to publish 1000 copies at his own risk, giving half the profits to CD.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Sept [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 92: B12–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12217

To John Murray   4 September 1879

Summary

Though not sanguine about sale [of Erasmus Darwin] it seems fair that if over 1500 copies are sold he should receive two-thirds profit. If JM does not agree, he would prefer publishing on commission or asking Macmillan if they will give him larger profits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Sept 1879
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 358–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12218

To John Murray   7 June [1849]

Summary

CD’s vexation at the serious printer’s error in his "Geology" [Collected papers 1: 227–50].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  7 June [1849]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.14–15)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1244
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