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. James MacPherson.
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.

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.

London: Printed for T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1762. First Edition. 4to, [16], [i]-xvi, 1-270pp; full contemporary calf. Light even toning and some wrinkling to pages; a few marks on endsheets; covers rubbed with the beginning of wear to hinges, which are still sound. Item #206037

A nice copy of the first edition of the greatest literary hoax of the 18th century. Although suspicions about MacPherson's authorship were almost immediate -- most notably from Samuel Johnson -- many readers were taken in by his purported discovery of ancient Gaelic manuscripts. The poems of Ossian became a sensation throughout Europe and found enthusiastic admirers including, most famously, Goethe and Napoleon. The poems were reprinted many times and exerted a significant influence upon the development of Romantic literature.

Price: $750.00

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