Babel MS 17
Two thin strips are presently known from this manuscript, from consecutive leaves. Each provides the width of the text, from which the height of the written space and number of lines has to be inferred. While these fragments present short blocks of text, the relatively small amount of text missing between the two pieces suggest that the mise-en-page involved a new line for each entry in Papias's vocabulary and thus there was substantial blank space on the page. The style of textura and the evidence of an illuminated initial suggest that this was a high-grade manuscript.
mm (h) x ?235+mm (w)
History and further information
The manuscript appears to have been available for a Cambridge bookbinder to use these strips in the later 1560s or early 1570s.