First Fragments: Biblical Papyrus from Roman Egypt


The surviving remains of early biblical papyrus books are amazing artefacts of the past. This book focuses on the internationally important collection of manuscripts known as the Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri, housed in the Chester Beatty, Dublin.

Dating from the 2nd to 4th century AD, these ancient pages reveal a world of book production and early Christian scholarship in Roman Egypt.

Papyrus fragments have much to tell us about the material histories of writing and bookbinding, textual histories of translation and transmission, and later object histories of ownership, publication and display. Their fragmented histories can be explored/seen/discovered through the lens of scribes and bookbinders, authors and readers, scholars and collectors throughout the centuries.

This catalogue is in paperback format and measures 24.5 x 17 x 1.2 cm.


  • Dimensions: 24.5 x 17 x 1.2 cm
  • Weight: 554 g
  • Author: Jill Unkel
  • Publisher: Chester Beatty (2022)
  • Pages: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780957399884