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BOOK. A general name given to every literary composition which is printed; but appropriately to a printed composition bound in a volume.
     2. The copyright, (q. v.) or exclusive right to print and publish a book, may be secured to the author and his assigns for the term of twenty- eight years; and, if the author be living, and a citizen of the United States, or resident therein, the same right shall be continued to him for the further term of fourteen years, by complying with the conditions of the act of Congress; one of which is, that he shall, within three months after publication, deliver, or cause to be delivered, a copy of the same to the clerk of the said district. Act of February 3, 1831. 4 Sharsw. cont. of Story's L. U. S. 2223.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Taking down another book, the barber said, "This is 'The Mirror of Chivalry.'"
The critic had undoubtedly put an interpretation upon the book which could not possibly be put on it.
As the book progressed it took possession of him and he worked at it with feverish eagerness.
Had I any right to take advantage of this accident, and open the book? I have put the question since to some of my friends of both sexes.
Then, as a nation's needs and knowledge grow, it demands ever more and more books on all kinds of subjects.
Dobbins straightened himself up, yawn- ed, then unlocked his desk, and reached for his book, but seemed undecided whether to take it out or leave it.
Preparation by books had failed, owing to the doctor's infidel obstinacy.
Jones opened the book a hundred times during their walk, kissed it as often, talked much to himself, and very little to his companions.
How many young men have been drawn to sea by this book is a question of interest.
Sometimes he would even rush away to his room before school hours were over, and sit there for days over his books, of which he had a store that was both rare and valuable.
He knew her opinion of him, and would write, 'My ears tingled yesterday; I sair doubt she has been miscalling me again.' But the more she miscalled him the more he delighted in her, and she was informed of this, and at once said, 'The scoundrel!' If you would know what was his unpardonable crime, it was this: he wrote better books than mine.
And while we ate and drank and laughed and chatted, the books around us were weaving their spells.