RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1852. [Letter on the bookselling question]. In J. Parker, The opinions of certain authors on the bookselling question. London, p. 27.

REVISION HISTORY: Scanned, text prepared and edited by John van Wyhe 9.2006. textual corrections by Sue Asscher 12.2006. RN3

NOTE: Only Darwin's letter is transcribed (page 27) but the title page and some introductory matter is included as images in order to make the context of the letter clearer.

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Down, Farnborough, Kent, May 5th, 1852.


As an author of some scientific works, I beg to express strongly my opinion, that, both for the advantage of authors and the public, booksellers, like other dealers, ought to settle, each for himself, the retail price.

I am, your obedient servant,


1 John William Parker (1792-1870), bookseller and publisher at 445 West Strand, London. See Correspondence vol. 5.

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