Autograph Letter Signed from Georgina Max Müller to an unnamed correspondent, describing the difficulties in preparing the biography of her late husband the philologist Friedrich Max Müller.

Georgina Adelaide Müller [née Georgina Adelaide Grenfell] (c.1834-1919), wife of the Sanskrit scholar, philologist and orientalist Friedrich Max Müller (1823-1900)
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 7 Norham Gardens, Oxford. 24 March 1901.
SKU: 13290

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'Dear Sir' and signed 'Georgina Max Müller'. She begins by explaining that she has only just received the copy of the New York Saturday Review, having received his letter four days before. 'I see the Paragraph mixes up two Books | 1 The Autobiography pub. yesterday by Messrs Scribners of New York, & Messrs Longmans London, on which my dear husband was at work till 10 days before the end - & which has been prepared for Press by my son. This only goes to the year 1850 about - & | 2 The Life - for which I ask letters, which I am writing, & which cannot possibly be ready before the autumn of next year.' She complains that the 'mere labour of collecting materials is enormous', and that 'all those associated with the early life are gone, & many later friends too'. She often has to 'write to 3 or 4 people before I ascertain in whose hands the letters are'. The letters written in German have to be translated into English, 'which doubles my work'. Despite these difficulties, she concludes: 'Still I fix the autumn of 1902 as the date of the book.' The Max Müller papers and correspondence were deposited in the Bodleian in 1964, and purchased in 1988.