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Ossian / [MacPherson, The Poems Of Ossian - The Son Of Fingal.

Ossian / [MacPherson, James].

The Poems Of Ossian – The Son Of Fingal. Translated by James MacPherson, Esq. A New Edition, carefully corrected and greatly improved.

Edinburgh, Printed for J.Robertson, 1792. Large Octavo (15 cm x 22 cm). VIII, 457, [1] pages. Hardcover / Modern, recent half leather by a british master-bindery. Excellent condition after the new binding was applied. Some very professional restoration to the titlepage and last page. Few contemporary annotations in gaeilge to the last page and name to titlepage in ink. Rare !

Ossian (Irish Gaelic/Scottish Gaelic: Oisean) is the narrator and purported author of a cycle of epic poems published by the Scottish poet James Macpherson, originally as Fingal (1761) and Temora (1763), and later combined under the title The Poems of Ossian. Macpherson claimed to have collected word-of-mouth material in Scottish Gaelic, said to be from ancient sources, and that the work was his translation of that material. Ossian is based on Oisín, son of Finn or Fionn mac Cumhaill, anglicised to Finn McCool, a legendary bard who is a character in Irish mythology. Contemporary critics were divided in their view of the work’s authenticity, but the current consensus is that Macpherson largely composed the poems himself, drawing in part on traditional Gaelic poetry he had collected.
The work was internationally popular, translated into all the literary languages of Europe and was highly influential both in the development of the Romantic movement and the Gaelic revival. Macpherson’s fame was crowned by his burial among the literary giants in Westminster Abbey. W.P. Ker, in the Cambridge History of English Literature, observes that “all Macpherson’s craft as a philological impostor would have been nothing without his literary skill.” (Wikipedia)

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Ossian / [MacPherson, The Poems Of Ossian - The Son Of Fingal.