Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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yellowback

A cheap popular novel, usually of an inferior quality (although not without a certain glittering appeal), and usually sensational in nature. The name derives from the fact that such books were published in yellow enameled paper covers with an illustration is blue or green and black ink on the upper cover. Yellowbacks, which were originated by the Englishman Edmund Evans, flourished between 1855 and 1870, but their production continued until the 1890s. They sold for 1 or 2 shillings and measured 4 1/5 by 6 5/8 inches. Their yellow covers earned them the nickname of "mustard plasters." (69 , 89 ,236 )




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