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By the mid-19th century, folios were made with state-of-the-art printing technology instead of by hand. Larger sheets of paper and new roller presses could accommodate the creation of these oversized books.
Typically these folios were scientific and scholarly works intended for a very specialized audience, both because of the subject matter and the cost. James Audubon’s Birds of America is a classic example. Imagine these big books spread out on tables in private, wood-paneled libraries.
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