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Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, technology permitted the manufacture of large sheets or rolls of paper on which books were printed, many text pages at a time. As a result, it may be impossible to determine the actual format (i.e., number of leaves formed from each sheet fed into a press). The term "octavo" as applied to such books may refer simply to the size of the book. The use of the term "octavo" as applied to such books refers to books which are generally between 8" and 10" (20-25 cm) tall, the most common size for modern hardbound books. More specific sizes are denoted by reference to certain paper sizes as follows:
*Foolscap octavo (6¾" by 4¼") (170 mm x 108 mm)
*Crown octavo (7½" by 5") (190 mm x 126 mm)
*Demy octavo (8¾" by 5⅝") (221 mm x 142 mm)
*Royal octavo (10" by 6¼") (253 mm x 158 mm)