1740–50; hard + back1

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hardback (ˈhɑːdˌbæk)
1.  Compare paperback a book or edition with covers of cloth, cardboard, or leather
2.  casebound, hardbound, Also: hardcover of or denoting a hardback or the publication of hardbacks

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It was his third novel, and his first hardback best seller.
They are generally put together by a few professors and published in hardback books.
If it were a hardback it would collapse in on itself.
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