‘Poems of Ossian’ (1812)

This is my copy of MacPherson’s ‘Poems of Ossian’. It’s usually kept bound up in a small plastic bag as the binding has come apart and the cover boards are somewhat delicate. A past owner has not taken very good care of this book at all. The copy of Ramsay’s ‘Tea-Table Miscellany‘ I have, published almost a century prior to this book, is in far better condition. It is, however, still readable which is the main thing.

As Campbell states in his Introduction,

“MacPherson’s “translation” appeared between 1760 and 1762, and the controversy raged from the beginning, and is growling still; but the dispute now is, whether the poems were originally Scotch or Irish, and how much MacPherson altered them.”

The controversy was originally based on whether MacPherson had written these poems as originals and then tried to pass them off as Ossian’s or, if he did indeed have access to manuscripts of Ossian’s works, how much did he alter them in translation. I feel they’re of interest regardless, though I’ll need to have this copy rebound in order to read without fear of destroying it beyond repair.

 

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J. MacPherson (1812), ‘Poems of Ossian’, London: J. Walker, Front Cover.

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J. MacPherson (1812), ‘Poems of Ossian’, London: J. Walker, Spine.

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J. MacPherson (1812), ‘Poems of Ossian’, London: J. Walker, Frontispiece.

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J. MacPherson (1812), ‘Poems of Ossian’, London: J. Walker, Title Page.

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J. MacPherson (1812), ‘Poems of Ossian’, London: J. Walker, Publisher’s Page.

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