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    Default His Testament was in octavo

    what is an octavo?
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    Default Re: His Testament was in octavo

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    His Testament was in octavo
    Presumably you want to know what this means. Some context would help as to the meaning of 'Testament' - it might be a will, or it might be a copy of the Bible (some editions include only the Old Testament, and some only the New Testament). 'In octavo' refers to paper size.

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    Default Re: His Testament was in octavo

    That I want to know is what is an octavo?
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    Default Re: His Testament was in octavo

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    That I want to know is what is an octavo?
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    A large sheet of paper was a folio (Latin='leaf') (approx A2 in standard European size); quarto was a quarter of that (approx A4), octavo was a half of that (approx A5), decimo-sexto was half of that, and so on.

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    Default Re: His Testament was in octavo

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ... decimo-sexto was half of that, and so on.

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    I got the ten and the six the wrong way round; it's 'sextodecimo': see more here: Paper size - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . There were other sizes, abbreviated Nvo or -mo: for example octavo = "8vo", duodecimo = "12mo" (pronounced, among printers, as "twelvemo".

    But these sizes aren't much used now; my notepad at school was quarto, but students today have A4 notepads.

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    Default Re: His Testament was in octavo

    Thank you very much BobK

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