The front of the dust jacket on this book tells us that it 'provides within the compass of one large volume a general survey of Roman History down to the reign of the emperor Constantine'. Written by an Oxford historian specialising in Romano-Greek history, it does indeed contain a wealth of fascinating information for the classics scholar. Probably for this reason, it was chosen by Bristol Grammar School as a prize for 'proficiency' in 1936, awarded to R. M. Catling.
The author, M Cary D.Litt. (Oxon), published a number of scholarly books on Roman and ancient Greek history, but no personal details about him appear to be available.
The book is in good condition, having perhaps been scarcely handled since received by the young prize-winner in 1936. Its unclipped dust jacket is in good condition, with only minor wear to the corners, a little loss at the top, and some wear at the bottom, of the spine; there is a 1 inch tear towards the bottom of the front leading edge fold. It is generally somewhat darkened with age, particularly on the spine. The book is bound in dark blue cloth, with the Bristol Grammar School crest in gilt on the front cover, and titles etc. in gilt on the spine - all bright and clear. Inside, the binding is generally firm with no loose pages; there is one weak point at pp 688-9, where there is also some foxing and other marks (see photo). The webbing is just visible between the halftitle and title pages (see photo). A sheet with the prize and prize-winner's details is pasted inside the front cover. The various folding maps are all present and undamaged apart from some very minimal foxing within the creases. With 820 pages, it is a fairly heavy book for its small size.