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Back in mediaeval times, when people didn’t have Kindles to carry a thousand books, some book binders bound two separate books together in a single volume so that the reader had one less book to carry. In those days, reading wasn’t a very popular past time and the only books the majority of the populace read were religious in nature. Two books that were frequently bound together were the New Testament and the Book of Psalms, because both were needed during church services. They became very common in England in the first half of the 17th century.

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