Old English Sizes

These sizes were used by the United Kingdom and its territories up until their adoption of the ISO standard in 1959. Traditionally, a number of different sizes were defined for large sheets of paper, and paper sizes were defined by the sheet name and the number of times it had been folded. Thus a full sheet of “royal” paper was 20 x 25 inches, and “royal octavo” was this size folded three times, so as to make eight sheets, and was thus 6¼ x 10 inches. Although when translated the names of some of these sheets are the same as the old French and Belgian paper sizes, they are not all the same size. Some of these sizes are still in use in the USA – see the ‘Other North American Paper Sizes‘ page to see which ones.

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