The technology of books has come a long way in the last 500 years. From hand-lettered volumes to electronic readers than can store vast quantities of literature, how we read is an ever-evolving process.

While Kindles and tablets are fun and versatile, there’s always something charming about physical books. The book we’re about to show you is a little text housed at the National Library of Sweden. This book is a small, 16th century text. When closed, it looks a little strange, more like an ice cream sandwich than a book, with all four edges of the paper exposed on the sides. It also features two decorated leather covers on top and bottom, as well as some metal clasps holding everything together. What really makes it special, though, is that this isn’t just one text, but six.

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