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primer of a kind in use from the 15th to the 18th cent. On one side of a sheet of parchment or paper the matter to be learned was written or printed; over the sheet, for its protection, a transparent sheet of horn was placed; and the two were fastened to a thin board, which usually projected to form a handle, perforated so that the hornbook might be attached to a girdle. The matter printed or written included the alphabet in capitals and small letters and other material, varying in different hornbooks, such as numerals and the Lord's Prayer. Sometimes the base and handle were made of metal, stone, or ivory and had letters carved or cast on them.


See A. W. Tuer, History of the Hornbook (2 vol., 1896, repr. 1968).

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Pfander, Principles of Federal Jurisdiction (Thomson West 2006): a law student hornbook; provides up-to-date explanations of the leading principles of federal jurisdiction.
(169) The Third Circuit refused to analyze the law of the particular state at issue, instead placing undue significance on Bestfoods and the Supreme Court's use of "hornbook" corporate law principles.
Indeed, the "common law versus MPC" language is so pervasive among some hornbooks and commercial outlines that it is nearly impossible to deprogram students from using that language even when the professor actively discourages students from carving up the landscape in this fashion.
Only a few illustrations, including 'Death and Doctor Hornbook', 'The Vision' and 'Despondency' invoke the otherworldly, popular superstitions or melancholy, subjects that are absent from the majority of the engraved designs.
It is hornbook law that prior statements of a witness that are consistent with his or her testimony are inadmissible unless they fit within a hearsay exception, (6) though one of the hornbooks that states the rule also criticizes it.
At 400 pages of closely reasoned text, plus another 100 pages of discursive footnotes, The Upside-Down Constitution can hardly be considered light reading; and those who turn to it expecting either a black-letter-law hornbook or a political tract for our times will be sorely disappointed.
In articulating the basic framework in which this care and restraint is applied in the exercise of our judicial powers, our Court has explained some basic hornbook law on the law of nations--that is, customary international law (18)--that will reveal the challenges faced by any court in an ATS case.
I will call the world a School instituted for the purpose of teaching little children to read--I will call the human heart the horn Book used in that School--and I will call the Child able to read, the Soul made from that school and its hornbook. Do you not see how necessary a World of Pains and troubles is to school an Intelligence and make it a soul?
For example, in a class reviewing colonial America, a student may present the potholder as a hornbook to show what colonial students used for writing in one-room schoolhouses.
(173.) See Thomas Schoenbaum, ADMIRALTY AND MARITIME LAW 106 (hornbook 3d ed., West 2004).
(2) On these recruitment efforts, see George Milburn's The Hobo's Hornbook (New York: Ives Washburn, 1930) 62-63.