Dear Hope [Mirrlees],
I am afraid that the sketch map is hopeless for reproduction purposes. If it were photographed as it is, the result would be unintelligible. It would have to be completely redrawn. Personally I don't think the book is really one in which a map is needed. It is not for instance like the travels of Fa-hsien; the point is not where Avvakum went, but what went on in Avvakum. Of course, if you feel very strongly on the subject we can put a map in, but I'm so afraid now that it might delay publication. These things take so long. But what would be wanted is a sketch map, not necessarily done by an expert, in which everything which you want put in, is there quite clear in ink. Provided that it is absolutely clear, particularly names, I can get it redrawn by an expert if that is necessary. The difficulty with your map is that I cannot give it to an expert to redraw because it is not sufficiently clear, particularly in the south.
Yours | Leonard Woolf [signature]