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From R. F. Cooke   14 December 1875

50A, Albemarle Street, London. W.

Decr. 14 1875

My dear Sir

As near as I can ascertain, we shall have remaining, (after supplying all our present orders) about

130 Climbing Plants &

100 Origin of Species

so I think on yr return home, it would be well for you to let Clowes have any corrections which you want made.1

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esq

P.S. while writing this Messrs. Longman & Co2 have sent up for 25 copies of Climbing Plants, so that is reduced almost to 100


Cooke refers to Climbing plants 2d ed. and Origin 6th ed.; in 1876, John Murray published the eighteenth thousand of Origin 6th ed., the last issue to which CD made corrections, and issued a further 500 copies of Climbing plants 2d ed., which had been published in November 1875 (Freeman 1977). William Clowes was John Murray’s printer.
Longman, Green, and Co. were London booksellers and publishers.


Climbing plants 2d ed.: The movements and habits of climbing plants. 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.

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.

Origin 6th ed.: The origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.


Copies remaining in stock of Climbing plants [2d ed.], 105,

and Origin [6th ed.], 100.

CD should send the printer any corrections he wants made before reprinting.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 480
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10297,” accessed on 27 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23