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Re: [BKARTS] folio and quarto volume questions



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The size of a specific book is measured from the head to tail of the spine, and from edge to edge across the covers.


However, in bookbinding, printing, and publishing, a series of terms are used to indicate the approximate size of a book. These terms are derived from the number of leaves created from a standard size sheet of paper (48 cm x 64 cm; 19" x 25") when each signature of the book is printed.

For example, a quarto book results when four leaves are created from each sheet of paper. The resulting book will be approximately 32 cm (12.5") tall and 24 cm (9.5") wide, before trimming. Each leaf usually has a printed page or an intentionally blank page on each side, so a quarto signature usually represents eight pages of the book.

Octavo and quarto are the most common book sizes, but many books are produced in larger (folio) and smaller sizes as well. These terms are often abbreviated, using 4to for quarto; 8vo for octavo; and so on. The octavo format, with eight leaves per gathering, has half the page size of the quarto format. Smaller formats include the duodecimo (or "twelvemo"), with twelve leaves per sheet and pages one-third the size of the quarto format; and the sextodecimo (or "sixteenmo"), with sixteen leave per sheet, half the size of the octavo format and one quarter the size of the quarto.

   Traditional book sizes Short form Name Folios Pages Height*
       2° Folio 2 4 30-38 cm
       4° Quarto 4 8 25-30 cm
       8° Octavo 8 16 20-25 cm
       16° Sextodecimo 16 32 15-18 cm

----- Original Message ----- From: "Carlos Chavez" <Carlos_Chavez@xxxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, December 07, 2008 7:49 PM
Subject: [BKARTS] folio and quarto volume questions



Greetings,

I would like to find out what is the typical height of a folio volume and
quarto volume?

Thank you,

Carlos.


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