BRAMSTON, James (1694-1744). Ignorami Lamentatio super Legis Communis. London: Lawton Gulliver, 1736

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BRAMSTON, James (1694-1744). Ignorami Lamentatio super Legis Communis translationem ex Latino in Anglicum, Una cu Dedicatione ad Dulmannum & Praefatione ad Curtesium Lectorem. Londini: Vendit hunc Librum Gilliverus, Cujus Insigne est Homerus, 1736.

Folio (11 6/8 x 7 4/8 inches). 24-pages (disbound, frayed at the edges).

Dedicated by ‘Ambi-dexter Ignoramus’ to ‘Dulmannum’, Bramston's poem is a high-spirited satire on lawyers, written in dog Latin hexameters. Though a clergyman, Bramston was known to Alexander Pope, "who complimented him as a preacher in The Dunciad (1728, 3.200), and praised his Art of Politicks (1729) (The Correspondence of Alexander Pope, ed. G. Sherburn, 1956, 3.173). This satire in heroic couplets is a creative adaptation of Horace's Ars poetica. Bramston's next satire, The Man of Taste (March 1733), also in heroic couplets, was occasioned by Pope's Epistle to Burlington and satirizes the targets Pope would attack in his New Dunciad(1742). His last poem, The Crooked Sixpence (1743), a Miltonic parody, is an ingeniously feminized imitation of John Philips's Splendid Shilling." (James Sambrook for DNB). ESTC N29012.