Ries

A German unit of count used for sheets of paper. Prior to 1877, 1 Ries of writing paper was 480 sheets, and 1 Ries of printing paper was 500 sheets.  After 1877, the Ries (or Neuries, “new ries”) = 1000 sheets of paper.

Before 1877, writing paper

Ball

Ries

10

Buch

20

200

Bogen (sheet)

24

480

4800

 

Before 1877, printing paper

Ball

Ries

10

Buch

20

200

Bogen (sheet)

25

500

5000

At a meeting in Dresden in April 1875, representatives of the German and Austro-Hungarian paper manufacturers and printers agreed to redefine the Ries and Buch, effective 1 January 1876. They also agreed the standard package would contain 500 sheets. The Dresden meeting set the stage for meetings in Vienna (8 May 1875) and Berlin (21 May 1875) at which it was agreed to size paper in centimeters.

The new definitions acquired legal force through actions of the German Reichskanzleramt (21 December 1875) and the Austrian Handelsministerium (16 February 1876). The Germans adopted 1 January 1876 as the date on which the new definitions would become effective, but the Austrians chose 1 January 1877.

After 1877

Pack

Ball

15

Ries

10

150

Buch

10

100

1500

Heft

10

100

1000

15,000

Lage

2

20

200

2000

30,000

Bogen (sheet)

5

10

100

1000

10,000

150,000

Nelkenbrecher, 1890. Page 368.

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