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To R. F. Cooke   22 April [1871]

Summary

Detailed questions about illustrations for [forthcoming] Expression.

Asks whether Times review has hurt sales of Descent.

The type on specimen page of Origin [6th ed.] seems clear, but lines are close. The cost is the great point for a wide circulation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke
Date:  22 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 285–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7705

To R. F. Cooke   23 June [1869]

Summary

He told Giovanni Canestrini that stereotypes [for Variation] would cost £10.

Reminds RC of his suggestion that a copy [of Origin, 5th ed.] be sent to Scientific Opinion for review.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke
Date:  23 June [1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 203–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6798

To R. F. Cooke   23 [February 1869]

Summary

Agrees to printing 1000 copies of Fritz Müller’s Facts and arguments for Darwin though he fears it is foolish. Lists seven publications for review copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke
Date:  23 [Feb 1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 194–197)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6628

To R. F. Cooke   6 October 1875

Summary

Fears Variation [2d ed.] will not be ready for Murray’s annual sale unless printer sends proof more quickly. Arrangements with Italian publishers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke
Date:  6 Oct 1875
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 326–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10184

To R. F. Cooke   27 June [1875]

Summary

Sorry to hear price of 15s [for Insectivorous plants]. Asks that JM consider 14s. Fears small sale at 15s. It is his fault – he never can help making his books too big.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke
Date:  27 June [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 336–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10032

To R. F. Cooke   24 June [1875]

Summary

Insectivorous plants ready for publication. Asks price. Suggests advertisements in Nature and Gardeners’ Chronicle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke
Date:  24 June [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 338–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10028

From R. F. Cooke   26 May 1875

Summary

A set of electros of the woodcuts to Variation was sent to an Italian publisher in 1869, but no reply or payment has been made since then.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 453
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9995

From R. F. Cooke   12 November 1874

Summary

New edition of Descent just off the press. Murray feels price must be 9s instead of 12s, if it is to sell. This will reduce profit to almost nil.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 442
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9717

From R. F. Cooke   17 November 1874

Summary

Booksellers approve of [9s] price for 2d edition of Descent. 1350 copies were sold at annual sale.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 443
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9721

From R. F. Cooke   19 March 1875

Summary

A curious alteration in the reprint of Variation.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Mar 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 445
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9893

From R. F. Cooke   21 April 1875

Summary

V. O. Kovalevsky has paid for the Expression plates.

Still has 400 copies of Chauncey Wright’s pamphlet

and 450 of Müller’s Facts and arguments for Darwin.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Apr 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 448
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9944

To R. F. Cooke   23 May [1875]

Summary

Discusses the price to be charged to Appleton’s for the plates of Insectivorous plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  23 May [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 97: C27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9989

From R. F. Cooke   24 May 1875

Summary

Replies to CD’s various questions and suggestions concerning publication plans for Insectivorous plants.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 452
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9990

From R. F. Cooke   16 June 1874

Summary

In doubt about size of printing of the 2d edition of Descent. Profit on 2000 at 12s would be only £250.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 June 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 439
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9493

To R. F. Cooke   17 June [1874]

Summary

Hopes a printing of 2000 copies [of Descent, 2d ed.] will be safe. Regrets price must be 12s. He is sure it is much improved.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  17 June [1874]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 340–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9496

To R. F. Cooke   7 December [1872]

Summary

Comments on additional printing of Expression. Complains about poor quality of plates.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  7 Dec [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 289
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8663

From R. F. Cooke   24 January 1873

Summary

Popular Edition [6th] of Origin has sold out 3000 copies. Asks CD whether he has found any errors that should be corrected.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Jan 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 434
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8749

From R. F. Cooke   7 February 1874

Summary

Asks CD’s help in finding original woodcuts for "Voyage of a naturalist" [Journal of researches] for Reinwald.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Feb 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 438
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9271

To R. F. Cooke   8 April 1874

Summary

Discusses illustrations for 2d edition of Descent.

"My nephew [Henry Parker] got into the Athenaeum with splendid success."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  8 Apr 1874
Classmark:  DAR 143: 290
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9398

To R. F. Cooke   10 April [1874]

Summary

Is glad to have Descent cheaper and sold more largely, but would be sorry to see it printed like the Origin. "The closeness of the lines is the great fault." Fears book might be very thick. "I hear scores of people complaining of the heavy and thick books which you publish."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  10 Apr [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 291
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9402
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