knowledge acquired by reading books, as distinguished from that obtained through observation and experience.
formal education:
She thought that common sense was just as important as book learning.
Historical Examples

First and Last H. Belloc
‘Smiles’ Eliot H. Robinson
Harding’s luck E. [Edith] Nesbit
Men of Our Times Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Outdoor Chums in the Forest Quincy Allen
Charles Dickens’ Children Stories Charles Dickens
The Preacher of Cedar Mountain Ernest Thompson Seton
Battle Studies Charles-Jean-Jacques-Joseph Ardant du Picq
The Underground Railroad William Still
Peculiarities of American Cities Willard Glazier

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