M&Ms of Jargon #4: SIGNATURES

June 21, 2008 § 1 Comment

Learnt about this sometime last week when Aliyah (the senior designer at qube) was talking to me about the publishing process of John O’Sullivan’s anthology.

Aliyah: “Maybe we could play around with different paper stock for the signatures……”

Me:
?????
Inner me: (Isn’t signature that name you sign on a contract with a grand flourish to look happening and rich….)
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M&Ms of Jargon #4: SIGNATURES

[what]
A large sheet of paper printed with several pages, which is then folded to form four or more leaves in the finished book.

[folding]
The signature may be folded in several ways, depending on the number of leaves it will form; it is then stitched together down the last fold.

—A sheet folded in quarto (also 4to or 4º) is folded in half twice at right angles to make four leaves. Also called a 4-page signature.

—A sheet folded in octavo (also 8vo or 8º) is folded in half 3 times to make 8 leaves. Also called an 8-page signature.

—A sheet folded in sextodecimo (also 16mo or 16º) is folded in half 4 times to make 16 leaves. Also called a 16-page signature.

—Duodecimo or 12mo, 24mo, 32mo, and even 64mo are other foldings of a signature. Modern paper mills can produce very large sheets, so a modern printer will often print 64 or 128 pages on a single sheet.

[extra extra]
– (er..)Used in bookbinding
– Also known as a “section” (now isn’t that just so much easier to understand)
– Signatures are gathered and bounded by sewing, gluing, etc

[suggested usage of word]
When he yelled, “Will you bind your signature to mine in our book of love?”
She replied, “I do, you cheesy fool!”
And then they were married.

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source: Compass Rose Horizons
FORMAT by Ambrose/Harris

images: (top)Compass Rose Horizons

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