London: Printed for T. Cooper, 1735. First edition, one of two variants, this with the imprint date corrected from 1725. 8vo, removed, 60 pages. Damp-stain to the gutter of the first half of the pamphlet; some general light staining and wear, with a spot and small flaw to the title page; a very good copy. Item #11187
An entertaining and evidently hastily-produced attack on the recently-published anonymous biography of Sir Robert Cochrane, a combative 15th century architect whose rather spectacular rise and fall in the court of Scotland's James III lent itself to vivid biography. This pamphlet, nominally an attack on the characterization of Cochrane as something of "a low-born Miscreant, whose Extraction could scarcely have raised Him above the the [!] meanest Occupation of a Mechanick, but by having been the Pimp of great Persons, and procuring to their Pleasures, by the basest Prostitutions, from the Dregs of Mankind was raised to be the Object of their Detestation, and became as infamous as He had been obscure," appears to devolve into a sly criticism of contemporary political affairs. Kress 4215: "Deals incidentally with economic affairs in Scotland."