The Poems of Ossian: with dissertations on the era and poems of Ossian, and a life of the translator, James Macpherson.

Macpherson, James

  • Publication details - Glasgow: Printed for Richard Griffin & Co.
  • Date - 1824


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2 vols., 12mo, pp. xxxix, [i], 330; [iv], 374 + engraved frontispiece in each vol. and 12 further plates (most by Fittler after Singleton and dated 1805 for Miller in London, but 2 plates by Lizars dated 1823 for Griffin in Glasgow). Each volume with a FORE-EDGE PAINTING of a full-length portrait signed with a monogram (possibly JR), one supposedly depicting Bonnie Prince Charlie and the other Rob Roy. Contemporary green straight-grained morocco, boards with a gilt decorative border, spines elaborately gilt in compartments, the second and fourth gilt-lettered direct, lettered ‘London’ at foot, edges gilt. Some light browning and spotting. Extremities a bit rubbed, spines very slightly sunned. Gift inscription to each flyeaf: ‘L. D. Turner from Grandma 1917’.


The fore-edge painting on vol. 1 depicts a young and androgynous figure with long straight brown hair, dressed in a predominately green and blue great plaid with tartan trews - a pencil note says this is Bonnie Prince Charlie but it bears only small resemblance to the most well-known images of him. The portrait on vol. 2 is more like Rob Roy, though with a rather longer full beard than one might expect.

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