Imperial Size in cm, inches
Before the United Kingdom adopted the ISO 216 standard, British Imperial paper sizes were used. The Imperial paper sizes were used to define large sheets of paper, and the naming convention was derived from the sheet name, and how many times it was folded. For example 'Royal' paper is 508mm x 635mm, and when it is folded three times, it makes 8 sheets and goes by the name 'Royal Octavo' which is 253 mm x 158 mm. This is a name given to modern hardbound books.