Ossian, by MACPHERSON, James (1736-1796).BAOUR LORMIAN, Pierre-Marie-François-Louis (1770-1854), translator.

MACPHERSON, James (1736-1796).
BAOUR LORMIAN, Pierre-Marie-François-Louis (1770-1854), translator.

Ossian, Barde du IIIe siècle. Poésies Galliques en vers Français, par P.M.L. Baour Lormian. Second Edition corrigée et augmentée. Paris, Didot, 1804.

Second Edition of this translation. 12mo, pp. [vi], 288, text lightly foxed, in contemporary polished calf (almost cat’s paw), gilt borders to covers, flat spine gilt in compartments with black morocco label lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt dentelles, gilt edges, with a bookplate removed from the intitial blank.

Second edition of this translation of MacPherson’s Ossian poems, first published as Poésies Galliques en vers français, Paris 1801. A note before the text, signed by the printers Capelle and Renand, state that they will take any printer or seller of pirated editions of this work, to court. Baour Lormian’s translation was certainly popular; even apart from any piracies, a fifth edition was published in 1827. With a dedication to Joseph Despaze, reading simply ‘Vous aimez Ossian: recevez ce travail comme un témoignage de mon estime et de mon amitié’. An attractive copy in a slightly snazzy binding.

OCLC lists the National Library of Scotland, California State, Harvard, Bowdoin and South Carolina.

See Cioranescu 9341.

Keywords: English Literature
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