Babel MS 15
The two fragments presently known derive from one folio and provide very close to the full width of the text: they suggest that this was a tall, narrow codex. They supply, in all, 21 lines with the textual lacuna probably occupying another 4 or possibly 5 lines.
There is enough present to suggest that the manuscript was an interesting specimen of the text of the tract attributed to Glanvill: it is what Hall in his edition describes as an 'alpha' text, and though it has divisions into books and chapters (both numbered), a feature of the 'beta' text. If the aspect of the script suggests this was an early witness, that is confirmed by the textual inclusion of the names of authorities cited which are said to have had a short life in the work (see note to fragment Colchester: University of Essex Library, Harsnett K.a.13, ii).
Whatever its textual value, however, it was considered - for whatever reason - obsolete in Oxford in the second quarter of the sixteenth century and dismantled at least about a decade before the first printing of the work.
213++mm (h) x 190+mm (w)
History and further information
The manuscript was clearly available in Oxford in the second quarter of the sixteenth century with fragments used by one of the university town's binders.
The Treatise on the Laws and Customs of the Realm of England commonly called Glanvill, ed. G. D. G. Hall (Oxford, 1965 [reprinted, with 'a guide to further reading' by M. T. Clanchy, 1993]), p. ix and xliii-xlvii (as Col).
S. Tullis, 'Glanvill after Glanvill: the afterlife of a medieval legal treatise' in S. Jenks, J. Rose and C. Whittick ed., Laws, Lawyers and Texts: studies in medieval legal history in honour of Paul Brand (Leiden, 2012), pp. 327-59 at p. 357 (brief mention).