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Lord Macaulay: How Horatius held the bridge.

Only one edition of this small book is known of the epic poem Horatius by Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859), the first Baron Macaulay. He was buried in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey. Carr is said to have been able to recite this poem from memory (Rogers, 2002). The entry on this title in the History of the QTP states Big Prize Offer. This probably refers to the handwritten text on the rear cover:

Thomas Macaulay, M.P., 1800-1959, wrote this stirring tale, declaimed by thousands of right-minded schoolmasters to the acclamation of generations of admiring pupils who properly identified Horatius with their own behaviour in similar eventualities. A grant from the Society for the Promotion of Learning-by-heart Noble & Inspirational Verse in this Decadent Age enables the publisher to offer very small prizes to Englishmen below the age of 14 or above the age of 78 who can provide a certificate signed by a clergyman and an elderly teacher that they are word-perfect in the verses in this edition and can recite it with ardour.

(Last updated on 16/2/2021)

SBP-MAC1: First edition

Title: How Horatius Held the Bridge

Publisher: J.L. Carr Publisher, 27 Mill Dale Road, Kettering

Year: 1981?

ISBN: None

Size: 129 x 97 mm

Pages: 16

Staples: one

Binding: white printed glossy card covers

Paper: white

Editor: (J.L. Carr)

Cover artist: (J.L. Carr)

Internal illustrations: Two, inside front and rear covers by (J.L. Carr)

Number in series: not stated

Colophon: none

Telephone number: none given

Printing history: none stated

Number of other titles listed: 39

Printed by: G. Smith (Thrapston) Limited of Northamptonshire

Content: Horatius


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Rear and front covers (click to enlarge)

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Inside rear cover (click to enlarge)