Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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horn book

A form of child's primer used in England from the 15th century, and in the United States at a later time. The earliest examples were made from 'wainscot" (thin panels of oak) and had a label containing the alphabet, simple spelling, numbers. and the Lord's prayer pasted on the wood and covered with a thin, transparent veneer of cattle horn. A wooden handle was attached to the frame. In latter examples the back of the panel was covered with morocco or roan leather blocked with an ornamental device. Other, but rare, examples were made entirely of cowhide with a window cut in the upper portion. See PLATE 11. (104 , 156 , 183 )

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