courtesy book

noun

Definition of courtesy book

  1. 1 :  a medieval or Renaissance book designed to prepare the young nobleman for the proper pursuit of his courtly duties and pleasures

  2. 2 :  a book designed to prepare a young gentleman for public duties and conduct :  a book of advice about social conduct

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