Definition of octavo:
- "Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church", Friedrich Bente.
It was a packet about the size of a crown- octavo volume, in brown paper, carefully fastened up with gum, and on the face of it was a white label inscribed: " For Iris, to be opened on her twenty- first birthday."- "In Luck at Last", Walter Besant.
As a dream seldom fails of dashing seriousness with impertinence, mirth with gravity, methought I made several other experiments of a more ludicrous nature, by one of which I found that an English octavo was very often heavier than a French folio; and by another, that an old Greek or Latin author weighed down a whole library of moderns.- "The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886", Ministry of Education.