Letter from Leonard Woolf to Hope Mirrlees (2/9/1924)



[[MS 2750/7/16]]


Monk's House 
near Lewes 




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]

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Letter from Leonard Woolf to Hope Mirrlees (2/9/1924)


University of Reading, Special Collections

Woolf explains that Mirsky's map cannot be reproduced as provided, and that the book may not need a map.

Typescript letter signed by Woolf