Glasgow: Richard Griffin, 1824. 2 volumes. 12mo. 14 engraved plates. Bound in full black straight-grained morocco, covers bordered with gilt scrolling flowers, spines in five panels with four short raised bands, gilt-lettered in two, a richly gilt panel in the remaining, gilt rolls on board edges and turn-ins, all edges gilt. Each volume decorated with a fine FORE-EDGE PAINTING depicting a rural/village scene. Item #408479
A very attractive copy of this famous literary forgery. A number of the poems first appeared in 'Fragments of Ancient Poetry, Collected in the Highlands of Scotland, and Translated [by James Macpherson] from the Gaelic or Erse Language' (Edinburgh: 1760). This first appearance in print made Ossian a literary sensation: "the greatest poet since Homer." It is now believed that this verse was written primarily, if not wholly, by James Macpherson (1736-1796), the work's "editor" and "translator."