Show More British Clubs and Societies 1580-1800: The Origins of an Associational World by Peter Clark.
Oxford, 516 pp., £60, January 2000, 0 19 820376 4Show More
“... a characteristically fact-packed but thoughtful study, that most English of institutions was going strong long before then. Indeed, Sam Johnson’s beloved ‘clubbable’ men must have been in clover in 18th-century England. In those days Oxford offered the Eternal Club, the Jelly Bag Society, or the Town Smarts, whose members decked themselves out in white ...”