8vo, pp. xxxiii, [iii], 368. Early prize binding by Bickers & Son of mid-brown calf over thick wooden boards with slightly rounded edges, boards bordered with a double gilt rule and with central armorial prize stamps, spine divided by raised bands, green morocco label, other compartments with central decorative tools and corner circles all gilt, marbled edges and endpapers. Some light spotting. Leather lightly marked, spine slightly darkened, a few small surface scrapes. Prize label to front pastedown from Elizabeth College, Guernsey, awarding the boook as an extra prize to ‘Clarke’ for ‘General Knowledge’, signed by John Oates and dated 1872; ownership inscription of J.A. Clarke to second flyleaf.
Attractively printed by Charles Whittingham at the Chiswick Press, this translation of Horace is by the Scottish poet and translator Theodore Martin (1816-1909) and 'like all Martin's versions of Latin poetry, is more fluent than scholarly' (ODNB). The binding, though produced in London, was done for Elizabeth College on Guernsey, an independent school founded 1563 which has assigned sequential numbers to its pupils since 1824. The recipient of the volume, James Alexander Clarke (b. 1860), was pupil 1855, going on to be an assistant paymaster in the Royal Navy.