This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1797 edition. Excerpt: ... he faw the fpirit of low-laid Cairbar. He faw him, without his song, rol t'rhe delicacy of the bard, with regard to ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1797 edition. Excerpt: ... he faw the fpirit of low-laid Cairbar. He faw him, without his song, rol t'rhe delicacy of the bard, with regard to Cruthar, is remarkable. A, he was the ancettor of Cathmor, to whom t!ic episode is i-ridreitod, the bard softens his deseat, by only mentioning'hat his penslc tii d Cathmor took the song of Fonar in an unfavourable light. The bards, heing ut the order of the Diuids who pretended to a soi rknowledge of event. were snppofed to have some supernatoral preseience of lut.irity. The king thougM, that the chuice of sonar's song proceeded, from hi, sori-'leeing the nnsortunate issue ut thev. ar; and thi.t his ow n fate waa shadowed out, in that of his ancenor Cruthor. 'l he atlitr.de of the bard, altar the reprimand of his patron, is picturefque arit alsecting. We admire the sim-ecn of Cathmor, but lament uac efsect it Las on me seeling soul of the ttood nld poet. led in a blast of night. He rose. His steps were rcund the host. He struck, at times, his echoing shield. The found reached Oman's ear, on Mora os the hinds. "Fillan," I faid, "the foes advance. I hear the shield of war. Stand thou in the narrow path. Ostian shall mark their courfe. If over my sall the host shall pour; then be thy buckler heard. Awake the king on his heath, lest his fame should ceafe." I strode in ail my rattling arms; widebounding over a stream that darkly winded, in the field, before the king of Atha. Green Atha's king, with lifted fpear, came forward on my courfe. Now would we have mixed in horrid fray, like two contending ghosts, that bending forward, from two clouds, fend forth the roaring winds; did not Ofiian behold, on high, the helmet of Erin's kings. The eagle's wing fpread above it, rustling in the breeze. A red star looked...
Good. Full Leather. Two volumes rebound as one. Good, with average condition problems for its age. No internal markings but for former owner's bookplate (Walter Bagot) inside front cover. Full leather bound 12 mo. volume (rebound circa 1850) with decorative gilt edging, tooled spine and embossed covers is only good for its age (1800). Marbled end papers. Front and rear covers are almost detached and pages are age darkened. Printed for J. Imray, Bookseller. In sealed plastic protection. 1800. Full Leather.
Good. Size: 12mo 7"-7; A decent-looking hardcover copy of this edition of "Fingal, " an ancient epic poem in six books, still moderately sturdy and attractive, with full leather boards and gilt decoration along edges on front and rear covers, gilt decorations to spine, and gilt lettering over black label on spine. Bruising to tips and extremities; cracking and a bit of splitting to front board edge near spine of 2", exposing thread underneath, but still unnoticeable from a distance. Moderate shelf-wear to front cover, moreso to rear cover, but still an attractive, sturdy little volume. Book-plate inside front flap, peeling away of a strip of marbled endpaper at first free endpaper, perhaps from a former label or another book-plate, penciled note at next endpaper, and gift inscription from the previous owner (the "Brown of Waterbaughs" ex-libris book-plate of previous) "To the Rev'd Dr. Stirling, from T. Brown, " at next page. Some soiling and foxing to other endpapers, but remainder of text-block is surprisingly clean and clear, with only minor to moderate foxing and soiling here and there. 457 pp. including Appendix, and concluding with some sharp remarks about Samuel Johnson, levied also at his biographer, James Boswell. This cycle of proclaimed authentic Irish epic poems features "Ossian, " who pretends to narrate the poems published by Macpherson in the 1760s, who claimed to have collected such epic poems nearly by word-of-mouth "from ancient sources, " so he said, and he claiming to have himself done the translations. Much literary debate has ensued about the veracity of the poems and Macpherson's rightful place in the literary canon (that is, in the "fraud" category" or that of "verifiable genius").
Very Good binding. Previous owner's name written at top of first blank page after front free endpaper. No pencil or ink markings in text. Light scattered foxing in text. The preface to this Philadelphia printing is dated Aug. 15, 1773. Brown leather binding with red spine label. Boards soiled and rubbed. Corners bumped. Front hinge has archival repair. Closed tear at top of front board at spine. Leather binding. Digital pictures of book available upon request; NOT Ex-Library. Very Good binding.
Imray's Second Edition. Full-leather covered boards with a burgandy spine label. Wear at the tips, rubbing on the boards, minor foxing, and previous owners signatures. The bulk of this volume is made up of MacPherson's introductory material, the "Preface", "A Dissertation Concerning the Era of Ossian", "A Dissertation Concerning the Poems of Ossian", "A Critical Dissertation on the Poems of Ossian, The Son of Finegal", and the "Appendix". This introductory material covers the first 151. The next 100 pages, which are separately paginated, contain the poems of Ossian.
Near Fine. No Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. This is a Near Fine copy of a late-18th century edition of Macpherson's famous pseudo-Gaelic work, a cycle of poems (supposedly from the oral tradition) that he began to publish in the 1760s. No Title Page, The volume has been reound in leather (possibly 19th or early 20th century) with gilt lettering and lines; a very attractive job, but the Title Page has been ommitted and the Preface was bound out of order! The Preface, which is highly critical of Macpherson, is dated 1792, and claims to be an improvement on the edition of 1773, due to its "good paper, elegant type, and half its former price." VERY RARE. No copies of this edition appear in WorldCat, BL, LOC, or TCD. Quercus believes this to be a two-volume set that has been republished in one. (If so, the 1792 publisher is G. Mudie, et. al. ) This is really a lovely book. The text is clean, fresh, and supple, easy to read. 457 pages; minimal foxing and very light occasional staining.
First American edition. Original leather with red leather label gilt. Early (probably American) bookplate partly effaced, front joint very tender but holding, slight chipping at the crown, light but pervasisve foxing in the text, a good plus copy.
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