Definition of blood-book in English:

blood-book

noun

  • 1German History
    German History a book in which the names and confessions of criminals convicted of capital offences were recorded.

  • 2historical A book containing violent or sensational material, a blood-and-thunder book; compare sense 23 (now historical).

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Keightley (1789–1872), historian and author. After German Blutbuch.