Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    1. A general designation applied to any literary composition which is printed, but appropriately to a printed composition bound in a volume. Scoville v. Toland, 21 Fed. Cas. 864.
    2. A bound volume consisting of sheets of paper, not printed, but containing manuscript entries; such as a merchant's account-books, dockets of courts, etc.
    3. A name often given to the largest subdivisions of a treatise or other Uterary composition.
    4. In practico, the name of "book" is given to several of the more importent papers prepared in the progress of a cause, though entirely written, and not at all in the book form; such as demurrer-books, error-books, paper-books, etc. In copyright law, the meaning of the term is more extensive than in popular usage, for it may include a pamphlet, a magazine, a collection of blank forms, or a single sheet of music or of ordinary printing. U. S. v. Bennett, 24 Fed. Cas. 1,093; Stowe v. Thomas, 23 Fed. Cas. 207; White v. Geroch, 2 Bam. & Aid. 301; Brlghtley v. Littleton (C. Ct) 37 Fed. 104; Hoimes v. Hurst, 174 U. S. 82, 19 Sup. Ct 606, 43 L. Ed. 904; Clementi v. Goulding, 11 East, 244; Clayton v. Stone, 5 Fed. Cas. 999.
    —Book account. A detailed statement, kept in writing in a book, in the nafure of debits and credits between persons, arising out of contract or some fiduciary relation; an account or reconi of debit and credit kept in a book. Taylor v. Horst, 52 Minn. 300, 54 N. W. 734; Stieglitz v. Mercantile Co.., 76 Mo. App. 280; Kennedy v. Ankrim, Tapp. (Ohio) 40.
    —Book debt. In Pennsylvania practice. The act of 28th March, 1895. § 2, in using the words, "book debt" and "book entries, refers to their usual signification, which includes goods sold and delivered, and work, labor, and services performed, the evidence of which, on the part of the plaintiff, consists of entries in an originni book, such as is competent to go to a jury, were the issue trying before them. Hamill v. O'Donnell, 2 Miles (Pa.) 102,
    —Booh of acts. A term applied to the records of a surrogate's court 8 East, 187.
    —Book of adjournal. In Scotch law. The original records of criminal trials in the court of justiciary.
    —Booh of original entries. A book in which a merchant keeps his accounts generally and enters therein from day to day a record of his transactions. McKnight v. Newell, 207 Pa. 662, 57 Atl. 39. A book kept for the purpose of charging goods sold and delivered, in which the entries are made contemporaneously with the delivery of the goods, and by the person whose duty it was for the time being to make them. Laird v. Campbell, 100 Pa. 165; Ingraham v. Bockius, 9 Serg. & It. (Pa.) 285, 11 Am. Dec. 730; Smith v. Sanford, 12 Pick. (Mass.) 140, 22 Am. Dec. 415; Breinig v. Meitzler, 23 Pa. 156. Distinguished from such books as a ledger, into which entries are posted from the book of original entries.
    —Book of rates. An account or enumeration of the duties or tariffs authorized by parliament. 1 Bl. Comm. 316.
    —Book of responses. In Scotch law. An account which the directors of the chancery kept to enter all non-entry and relief duties payable by heirs who take precepts from chancery.
    —Bookland. In English law. Land, also called "charter-land," which was held by deed under certain rente and free services, and differed in nothing from free socage land. 2 Bl. Comm. 90.
    —Books. Ail the volumes which contnin authentic reports of decisions in English courts, from the earliest times to the present, are called, par excellence, "The Books." Wharton.
    —Books of account. The books in which merchants, traders, and business men generally keep their accounts. Parris v. Bellows, 52 Vt. 351; Com. v. Williams. 9 Mete, (Mass.) 273; Wilson v. Wilson. 6 N. J. Law, 96; Security Co. v. Graybeal, 85 Iowa, 548, 52 N. W. 497, 39 Am. St Rep. 311; Colbsrt v. Piercy. 25 N. O. 80.