The Poems of Ossian, to which are prefixed a Preliminary Discourse and Dissertation on the Aera and Poems of Ossian

Macpherson, James ["translator"]

Published by John W. Lovell Company; Belford Clarke & Co., New York, 1880
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Book. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. N.d. circa 1880s. 492 pp. One of the great counterfeits of literature. Supposedly the verse of third century Irish bard Ossian that were discovered in the 1760s, these were in fact mostly a pastiche of verses of James Macpherson, the alleged translator, and some traditional Irish verse passed on by oral tradition. Despite the spurious source of the poems, they are justly celebrated in their own right, and in terms of the authenticity, they do nobly capture the essence of ancient Irish folktales and epic. Some soilage on decorated boards. Toning to pages. Generally clean. Tight. Bookseller Inventory # 001050

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Title: The Poems of Ossian, to which are prefixed a...

Publisher: John W. Lovell Company; Belford Clarke & Co., New York

Publication Date: 1880

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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