What is Post Quarto writing paper (PQ)?
Post Quarto writing paper is THE traditional size of writing paper, favoured by the Royal Household, and fits perfectly between the office standard A4 (which is quite intimidating to write on due to its size, but convenient for today’s desktop printers), and A5, which is a lovely gift set size. For the discerning letter writer therefore, Post Quarto writing paper is the perfect standout option.
What size is it exactly?
Post Quarto writing paper (PQ) refers to a very distinct size of writing paper measuring 17.7 x 22.8cm or 7 x 9 inches; half-way between A4 and A5.
When should I choose Post Quarto writing paper?
For social correspondence and missives: PQ is a more generous size than A5 and therefore allows for more lines of your musings. Furthermore, as it is a rarer size nowadays, it presents itself as rather unique.
For corporate and business letters: PQ makes a dashing professional statement for the refined executive who wants to create communication impact and a lasting impression.
The perfect gift
A Post Quarto personalised writing paper set is the ideal gift for Mother’s or Father’s Day; an inspirational teacher; or a staff member who wins an award for communication, customer service or similar.
The history of Post Quarto
And to eliminate confusion, ‘quarto’, in reference to traditional books and texts (think Shakespeare) means a book or pamphlet made up of one or more full sheets of paper on which eight pages of text is printed, which is then folded twice to produce four leaves. Each leaf of a quarto book thus represents one fourth of the size of the original sheet.