E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Volume (2 syl.).
A roll. Anciently books were written on sheets fastened together lengthwise and rolled; some were rolled on a pin or roller. The rolls were placed erect on shelves. Each one was labelled in red letters or rubrics. Rolls of great value were packed in cases or boxes. (Latin, volvo, to roll up.)