Definition of yellowback in English:



  • A cheap novel in a yellow board binding.

    • ‘There is some wear but generally this is a very good copy of a yellowback.’
    • ‘This is the first volume in what will be a multi-volume set devoted to a bibliography of over 25 publishers of Victorian yellowbacks and paperbacks.’
    • ‘Being victims of their own success, many dime novels and yellowbacks are fragile or in poor repair.’
    • ‘The volumes shown here are typical examples of Ward & Lock's early small format and later large format yellowbacks.’
    • ‘This website celebrates this process with sections on printing technology, illustrations, lithography, wood engraving, the novel, yellowbacks, penny dreadfuls and children's books.’
    volume, tome, work, printed work, publication, title, opus, treatise
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