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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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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.
Small in size (less than 8 cm by 11 cm) to fit the hands of young children just as the horn-book was designed to be, the lasting spiritual guidance persisted for what can only be assumed was a wide audience.
Whether the horn-book was available to children of all classes of society in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as Blunt has suggested, that the nineteenth century poor could access the horn-book is doubtful.