A book exposing abuses in Church and State, which furnished
much material for political reform in the early part of the present
century. (See Black Books.)
Amherst speaks of the Proctor's black book, and tells us that no one
can proceed to a degree whose name is found there. (1726.) It also
appears that each regiment keeps a black book or record of
Black Book of the Admiralty.
An old navy code, said to have been compiled in the reign of Edward
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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