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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   16 August 1872

50A, Albemarle Street, London, W.

Augt. 16 1872

My dear Sir

The figuring seems to be all correct & so I will send them on to the Company.1

I have this morning made out an estimate for your new work & the item of Heliotypes is indeed a large one, as every 1000 sets will cost us £66—& that is without counting in the preliminary expenses.

I suppose you were convinced the expressions cd. not be portrayed on wood, or it wd have been much cheaper.

I dont see how we can charge a set which costs us 0"1s"4d. without taking into consideration the preliminary expenses less than 0"1"6 & this will bring it to £75— for 1000.!!! How will our American friends & foreign ones like this.2

It will make a terrible hole in the profits of each edition, much more I fear than you imagine.

I write in haste today | Yrs faithfully | Robt. Cooke

C. Darwin Esq

CD annotations

Top of letter: ‘Answered’ pencil


CD had asked Cooke to check the numbering of the plates for Expression (see letter to R. F. Cooke, 15 August 1872).


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


Cost of plates [for Expression] is very high and will make "a terrible hole in the profits".

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 416
Physical description
2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8473,” accessed on 18 September 2021,

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