FIRST EDITION, 4to, pp. [x], 291, . Contemporary sprinkled calf, boards bordered with a double gilt rule, spine divided by raised bands, red morocco label, other compartments either infilled with a diaper pattern in gilt or with corner gilt sprays enclosing a flower or thistle-based decorative tool also gilt. Some light foxing. Extremities rubbed, joints cracking but sound, a touch of wear to spine ends. Small library stamp to verso of title-page, armorial bookplate of MacLeod Bannatyne to front pastedown.
The first edition of this history of Great Britain and Ireland with a distinctly Celtic focus by James 'Ossian' Macpherson (1736-1796). Following 'Temora' in 1763 Macpherson largely kept his head down as the controversy around his most famous works roiled. He was not idle, however, retaining patronage on the basis of his political and journalistic writing, as well as historical studies such as this one. The initial owner of this copy, William MacLeod Bannatyne (1743-1833) was a founding member of the Highland Society, which did much to support MacPherson's efforts with the Ossian poems as well as investigations into them.