Quarto sheet from Hymne, louanges et prières, prononcés par le Révérend Grand-Rabbin des Israélites Portugais à Amsterdam.
Belinfante et Comp.,
Gift of Jon Lindseth.
This quarto sheet features a hymn printed in Hebrew and French. The term “quarto” refers to the number of times that a full sheet of parchment or paper is folded to create a gathering for a codex-format book. A sheet folded in half once creates a folio of two leaves; a quarto, folded twice, results in four leaves. Other formats include octavos, duodecimos, sextodecimos (16mos), tricesimo-secundos (32mos), and sexagesimo-quartos (64mos)—the smallest known being a 128mo printed by the Plantins in the 16th century.
From the collection of Rare Book School