The Poems of Ossian

The prose-poems of the legendary Celtic warrior


Ossian, translated by James MacPherson, with notes and with an introduction by William Sharp


Patrick Geddes and Colleagues, Edinburgh, 1896
The Poems of OssianThe Poems of OssianThe Poems of Ossian

Printing Details

First thus, hardback bound in green cloth with simple gilt design and titling to spine, and printed title to upper board. Top edge dyed green fore-edge untrimmed. 20 × 12.5cm, xxiv + 417pp + ads.

Ossian was a legendary Celtic warrior and bard, son of Fingal, said to have lived in the 3rd century. Poems said to be Ossian’s were published in 1760 in ‘Fragments of Ancient Poetry Collected in the Highlands of Scotland’—‘translated’ by James Macpherson (1736–96), from Kingussie. Their authenticity was doubted by many and in all probability, Macpherson was the author. The poems here are in prose, and includes Fingal, Cath-Loda, Comala and many more.


The boards are sun faded, and there is light tanning to the page edges and endpapers. The main body of text is in good order with clean pages and secure binding. Neat previous owner's name to ffep.



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