1762 Rare Book - FINGAL with Poems by Ossian, Son of Fingal. Translated from Galic by James MacPherson.
Author: Macpherson, James.
Title: Fingal, an ancient epic poem in six books; together with several other poems, composed by Ossian the Son of Fingal. Translated from the Galic language by James Macpherson.
Language: Text in English
Publisher: London: printed for T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1762. Second edition (stated).
Size: 10.5 " X 8.5 ".
Pages: xvi-270 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good full calf leather binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown) under a protective mylar cover. All edges marbled.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight, light foxing and staining - as shown, name of a previous owner on title page. and on blank page facing the title page - as shown).
Estimate: (USD 600 - USD 750)
The book: Rare and attractive second edition of the Poems of Ossian - Ossian is the narrator and purported author of a cycle of epic poems published by the Scottish poet James Macpherson from 1760. Macpherson claimed to have collected word-of-mouth material in 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 consensus since is that Macpherson framed the poems himself, based on old folk tales 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.
The author: James Macpherson (Gaelic: Seumas MacMhuirich or Seumas Mac a' Phearsain; 27 October 1736 – 17 February 1796) was a Scottish writer, poet, literary collector and politician, known as the "translator" of the Ossian cycle of epic poems. He was the first Scottish poet to gain an international reputation.
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