Thoughts on the Origin and Descent of the Gael: with an account of the Picts, Caledonians, and Scots; and observations relative to the authenticity of the poems of Ossian.

  • Grant, James
  • Edinburgh: Printed by Walker and Grieg; for Archibald Constable and Co. 1814


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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. [viii], 456. Untrimmed in original buff paper boards backed in blue paper, printed paper label to spine. Some minor spotting. Joints and extremities worn, foot of backstrip torn and just loosening. Pencilled ownership inscription of J.A. Robertson M.D. to half-title (with date 1814 rubbed out below); ink inscription of Hamish Henderson to flyleaf.


Grant's study argues that the Gaelic people are the purest descendants of the ancient inhabitants of Europe - as can be seen by comparison between Gaelic and Greek and Latin. This copy belonged to Hamish Henderson (1919-2002), the Scots poet and folklorist.

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