From the collection at The First Romanian School in Brasov.
Interestingly, books and pamphlets were printed as single (double sided) pages, and not in quarto format.
A quarto (from Latin quartō, ablative form of quartus, fourth ) is a book or pamphlet made up of one or more full sheets of paper on which 8 pages of text were printed, which were then folded two times to produce four leaves. Each leaf of a quarto book thus represents one fourth the size of the original sheet. Each group of 4 leaves (called a “gathering” or “quire”) could be sewn through the central fold to attach it to the other gatherings to form a book. Sometimes, additional leaves would be inserted within another group to form, for example gatherings of 8 leaves, which similarly would be sewn through the central fold. Generally, quartos have more squarish proportions than folios or octavos.That Infallible Source
According to our informal guide– a retired Romania judge and friend of our host– this guy has been in the business, by himself, of preserving the school, the press, and thousands of old Romanian books for about 40 years or so. It’s impressive.
Note the lack of climate control. Most of the books are in glass cabinets, but not all.
In news of other
crappy old books…
That’s it for now. Enjoy today!