Andrew Roberts

The Frugality Cipher

A Dynasty of Dealers: John Smith and Successors 1801–1924

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The grandest club in the world is undoubtedly the Roxburghe. Founded in 1812 and made up of 41 bibliophiles, many of whom own superb libraries, it numbers three dukes, two marquesses, three earls and a prince among its members, along with ten Deputy Lieutenants, six Fellows of the British Academy, two Privy Counsellors, a Knight of the Thistle, seven PhDs and DLitts, a member of the Order of Merit and another of the Académie Française. 

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