The Poems of Ossian in the Original Gaelic; 4 Vol Set with Archibald MacNeill's Notes on the Authenticity of Ossian's Poems
by MacPherson, James; Robert Macfarlan, Professor of Gaelic; John M'Arthur; John Sinclair, Sir Melchiorre Cesarotti
London: S. Pulmer, 1807. Octavo. In four volumes. Volume one contains a folding facsimile letter and vol. three contains music and a folding map of ancient Selma. It was the most famous fake work of the late 18th Century where the supposedly lost poetry of Ossian produced some of the earliest Gaelic poetry. When James MacPherson began to publish fragments of ancient items he had discovered, the literary world considered this a major discovery. Besides the works influence on Wordsworth, Napoleon, and Thomas Jefferson (the latter who considered this the finest poetry decided he should now learn Gaelic so he could read it [in the original!]. Accompanying this set is Archibald MacNeill's "Notes on the Authenticity of Ossian's Poems" which was printed in 1868 in Edinburgh. First three volumes bound in diced calf, boards bordered in a floral gilt roll, rebacked to style with compartments lettered and decorated in gilt, endpapers renewed, all edges marbled, volume one has damp staining to frontispiece only. The last volume is bound in dark green linen rebacked to match other volumes. A very nice set.
(Inventory #: 025073)
General Antiquarian; First Editions; Americana; Autographs and Ephemera; Book Arts; Fine bindings and sets
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