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VMs: Re: Counting sheep...?
I think the author of the VMS was quite poor and couldn't afford Microsoft
Herd so instead he used goatpad.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Nick Pelling" <incoming@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: 28 February 2004 00:21
Subject: VMs: Counting sheep...?
> Hi everyone,
> At 00:26 22/02/2004 +0100, Maurizio M. Gavioli wrote:
> >...you don't waste the skin of ca. 30 sheep on scribblings.
> May I challenge you on this? According to the Beinecke, the VMs' physical
> size is 225mm x 160mm: and, according to the rough size of modern
> rugs, I guess you should be able to cut about 14 VMs-sized folios (or
> rather, 7 VMs-sized bifolios) from a single skin.
> The VMs is foliated up to 116: even allowing a couple of extra sheep for
> extra fold-outs, surely this would point to only about 10 sheep (rather
> than 30)? Or were sheep much smaller back then? Or was it actually
> goatskin? Or - as it's vellum, not parchment - is it more likely to be
> All improved guesstimates gratefully received! :-)
> Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
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