An early twentieth-century bookplate bearing this quote of Sir Walter Scott: “And please return it. You may think this a strange request, but I find that although many of my friends are poor arithmeticians, they are nearly all of them good book-keepers.”
From the front matter of The Yoke of Silence by Amy McLaren (1912). Original from the New York Public Library. Digitized December 30, 2006.
Poor arithmetician…good book-keeper…oh, yeah, that’s me.