8vo, pp. 492 + ads. Bound in brown cloth with gilt lettering and elaborate decoration to both boards. Engravings. Page edges gilt. Spine ends tattered with some loss, cloth splitting at ends of joints, lovely custom bookplate and owner's calligraphied signature to endpaper, fep torn at top of hinge, occasional foxing; binding sound, most of text remains clean and bright; good-. Macpherson (1736-96) purported this to be a translation of an early Scottish epic, and upon its publication, the book caused a stir in Scotland. A committee appointed after Macpherson's death found that "Macpherson had liberally edited Gaelic poems and inserted passages of his own; subsequent investigation supports this view." [Oxford Companion to English Literature, 5th ed. ]
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