Here’s some random but interesting information for your Tuesday. Ever wondered why those really old books – the folios – are such an awkward size? Blame it on the sheep. Apparently medieval books were sized according to medieval sheep sizes. That’s a Shakespeare First Folio held at the Cornell University Library. Too bad there’s not a sheep pictured next to it, for scale.
Folio, quarto, octavo, sixteenmo, thirty-twomo… all based on the size of sheep skins. Read all about it!