Publisher: London: Printed for T. Cadell, 1779.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Courtney, pages 120-21.
Condition: Moderately foxed; a few leaves repaired at the gutter; a good copy.
Book ID: 23427
Description8vo, recent gray boards and printed paper label. Half-title present.
Comments¶ A famous response to Johnson's A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland (1775), in which MacNicol, a Scottish cergyman and collector of Scottish literature, defends James Macpherson's Ossian poems against Johnson's assertion that they were not genuine. It has been speculated that MacNicol's work, which some described as "unclerical," was augmented by Macpherson himself. ¶ Perforated stamp and ink number of the John Crerar Library on the title and dedication pages.