Specimen prius historico-criticum de Poetatis Ossianis, by LINDBLOM, Jacob Axelsson…

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LINDBLOM, Jacob Axelsson (1746-1819), praeses.
SWARTZ, Johan, respondent.

Specimen prius historico-criticum de Poetatis Ossianis, approbante Ampl. Fac. Phil. a Mag. Jac Axel. Lindblom, V. Bibl. Extr. Ord. Respondente Johanne Swartz, Norcopia - Ostrogotho. In Auditorio Gustav. Maj. Die IVC. Junii, Anno MDCCLXXVIII. Publicæ Exhibitum Censuræ. Uppsala, Typis Edmannianis, 1778.

First Edition. 4to, (220 x 162mm), pp. [ii], [3]-28, uncut throughout, small marginal tear from the corner of the title-page, with loss, some foxing and browning of text, dog-eared, stitched as issued with some of the stitching loose.

A scarce Swedish dissertation about the Ossian poems published while the authenticity debate was still raging. Ossian fever arrived fairly early in Sweden, with translations by Gustaf Knos published in Abo tidningar and Gateborqska magazinet, 1765, although the full texts were not published until much later when they appeared as Skaldstycken af Ossian, Upsala, 1794-1800. We have not been able to discover anything about the author of this piece, but it was written under the guidance of Jacob Axelsson Lindblom, a Swedish scholar of some note and author of Disputation de Poematis Ossionis. At the time this thesis Lindblom was the university librarian at Upsala, becoming extraordinary professor at the university in the following year. The dissertation is written in Latin with the excerpts from Ossian quoted in Swedish translation.

For an interesting account of the early translations of Ossian into Swedish, see Howard Gaskill, The Reception of Ossian in Europe, 2004, pp. 198-208.

OCLC lists BL, Berlin, the National Libraries of Scotland and Ireland, UCLA and NYPL.

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