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Hornbook

A primer; a book explaining the basics, fundamentals, or rudiments of any science or branch of knowledge. The phrase hornbook law is a colloquial designation of the rudiments or general principles of law.

A colloquial reference to a series of textbooks that review various fields of law in summary, narrative form, as opposed to casebooks, which are designed as primary teaching tools and include many reprints of court opinions.

hornbook

noun abstract on the law, analysis, annotated text, capitulation, capsule, compendium, condensation, desk book, digest of the law, discourse on the law, dissection, dissertation on the law, encyclopedia, excursus, exposition, manual, manual of instruction, pandect, primer, recapitulation, review, study, study book, text, textbook, topical outline, treatise, treatise on the law

hornbook

(US) a student textbook, as opposed to a treatise for practitioners.
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The paper equivalent to the horn-book is the battledore and is quite distinctly different in format to the British Battledore described above.
In 1959, Beulah Folmsbee, while working for the Horn Book Magazine, addressed some commonly posed questions about the origin of the magazine's name and the nature of hornbooks in her publication A Little History of the Horn-Book (8).
This sets a context for the horn-book and other alphabet books; that during the seventeenth century, children younger than five were expected to have learnt their alphabet, the syllabarium, the Lord's Prayer, and could read the New Testament proficiently, prior to commencement of structured lessons.