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Darwin, Charles.
ONE AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED AND ONE LETTER SIGNED, TO RUDOLF SUCHSLAND
the earlier letter responding to a proposal for a new translation of the Origin into German ("....I feel that I am bound not in any way to support another edition. For this reason alone I am sorry to say that I cannot offer to send clean sheets of the new English edition of the Origin as they are printed off; and the corrections & additions are so numerous that they cd be sent in no other way...") and listing his other publications with comments on their suitability for translation, the second letter asking for additional details of Confessions of a Metaphysician by Count Mariani of Florence, 8 pages, 8vo, Down House, Kent, 4-16 April 1866, with franked envelopes, spotting and light staining, especially to loose final leaf of earlier letter, two small internal punctures
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Literature

Unpublished, not in the Darwin Correspondence Project.

Catalogue Note

Darwin's reception in Germany. Rudolf Suchsland (1839-1921) was the British-based son of the German publisher F.E. Suchsland, who wished to produce a new translation of the Origin: Rudolf explained to Darwin that since the existing translation by H.G. Bronn "is not generally considered a successful reproduction ... another .. has not only become a necessity for Germany considering the great importance and propagation of your theory there, but is also in your own interest" (16 March 1866). This exchange reveals the high level of interest in Darwin's ideas in the German-speaking world, while Darwin's comments on his publications show his understanding of the marketability of his own works.

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