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Definition of the book sizes
The terms of the sizes are commonly used by librarians and publishers which are based on the old system that are still commonly used today.
Terms below referred to the size of a leaf in terms of the size of the original sheet:
Folio – printed on a sheet of paper folded once to produce two leaves (four pages)
Quarto – printed on a sheet of paper folded twice to produce four leaves (eight pages)
Octavo – printed on a sheet folded four times to produce eight leaves (16 pages), one eighth the original size
When referring the general size of the original sheet itself, the common terms below are used to give a general guide:
Royal – large size sheet
Medium – medium size sheet
Crown – small size sheet
For an example, when stating Royal Octavo, it is generally understood that a page one-eighth the size of a large sheet is being referred to.