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 Blue Bonnets (The).Blue Bottle. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Blue Books.
In England, parliamentary reports and official publications presented by the Crown to both Houses of Parliament. Each volume is in folio, and is covered with a blue wrapper.   1
   Short Acts of Parliament, etc., even without a wrapper, come under the same designation.   2
        In America, the “Blue Books” (like our “Red Books”) contain lists of those persons who hold government appointments. The official colour of Spain is red, of Italy green, of France yellow, of Germany and Portugal white.

 Blue Bonnets (The).Blue Bottle. 


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