Letter from James Legge to Bernard Quaritch

Scope and Content

Letter from James Legge to Bernard Quaritch to thank him for the list of books that Quaritch had sent and to tell him about an impressive copy of the Shanghai Imperial Dictionary which he had seen. Handwritten 1 side, dated 29 February 1884.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Legge was a Scottish sinologist, missionary, and scholar, best known as an early and prolific translator of Classical Chinese texts into English. Legge served as a representative of the London Missionary Society in Malacca and Hong Kong (1840–1873) and was the first Professor of Chinese at Oxford University (1876–1897). In association with Max Müller he prepared the Sacred Books of the East series, published in 50 volumes between 1879 and 1891.