What do the small letter prefixes mean on McClay Library shelfmarks?
Answered By: Diarmuid Kennedy Last Updated: Feb 02, 2015 Views: 87
The lower case prefixes ff (double folio); f (folio); q (quarto) and p (pamphlet) are sometimes found before the main the shelfmark of books. They indicate that the book is a ‘non-standard’ size. ff, f, and q volumes are all larger than standard, with ff being the largest format; p indicates that the volume is a pamphlet (these usually have less than 100 pages).
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