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Darwin, Charles
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5,0007,000
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302
Darwin, Charles
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 4,063 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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THE JAMES S. COPLEY LIBRARY: ARTS & SCIENCES, INCLUDING THE MARK TWAIN COLLECTION

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Darwin, Charles
Autograph letter signed ("C. Darwin"), 4 pages (7 7/8 x 4 7/8 in.; 200 x 125 mm) on a bifolium, Down, Kent, 8 July [no year], to an unidentified correspondent. Half red morocco folding-case, black morocco labels.
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Catalogue Note

Darwin instructs the illustrator of one of his botanical publications, possibly The Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the Same Species (1877). "I am heartily glad to get the arranged Plates, & I trust now you will make some good progress. I like the arrangement much: do not reduce the figures of any of the species too much for the sake of crowding them together, but of course I do not wish to cause useless expense for the Society." He continues with some very specific suggestions: "I think it wd. certainly be better to have, (if convenient) all of S. maximus on one Plate. Please observe I mean now provisionally to treat S. maximus var lineatum, as a distinct species, & it must be figured wth that ... (scutum) lately sent to you by Post, but which you do not acknowledge. This S. lineatum had better go near to S. hastatum."

In closing, Darwin urges his artist collaborator to work as quickly as possible. "Please to get me drawings for (3) Woodcuts done first as their cutting will other-wise delay my going to Press with the first sheets: when done please send them here. ... I thank you very much for your progress, & do pray advance as quickly as you can: I shall be most anxious to see first proof Plate." The Different Forms of Flowers was based principally on four articles that Darwin published in the Journal of the Linnean Society of London between 1863 and 1869. It is likely that this letter refers to the printing of one of these articles rather than to the book as a whole.

THE JAMES S. COPLEY LIBRARY: ARTS & SCIENCES, INCLUDING THE MARK TWAIN COLLECTION

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