Letter from Max Müller to Bernard Quaritch

Scope and Content

Letter from Max Müller to Bernard Quaritch in which he writes concerning Sanskrit grammars, recommending that of Wilson and a new one in the Press by Professor Benfey, a German professor (Theodor Benfey (1809 – 1881) was a German philologist). Handwritten, 3 sides, dated 22 October [1868] (year of Benfey's publication). The letter has been stuck to a piece of cardboard.

Administrative / Biographical History

Max Müller, was a German-born philologist and Orientalist, a founder in the western academic field of Indian studies. He was born in Dessau and was educated in Leipzig. In 1850, he was appointed deputy Taylorian professor of modern European languages at Oxford University and in 1868 was made Oxford's first Professor of Comparative Philology. "The Sacred Books of the East", a 50-volume set of English translations, was prepared under his direction. He also promoted the idea of a Turanian family of languages.