The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608
One of the greatest treasures in the collection of the Folger Shakespeare Library, The Trevelyon Miscellany is a 400-year-old hand drawn and lettered book created by the skilled scribe and patternmaker Thomas Trevelyon. Borrowing words and images from English and European woodcuts, engravings, broadsides, almanacs, emblem books, and the Bible, Trevelyon created a rich and fascinating encyclopedia of daily life and thought in Shakespeare's England.
Familiar scenes of domesticity and husbandry are intertwined with accounts of the rulers of England, descriptions of local fairs, the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge, astronomy according to Ptolemy, illustrations of the seasons, the nine muses and seven deadly sins, Old Testament history, household proverbs, alphabets, and embroidery patterns. A massive volume (18 inches tall and weighing over 17 pounds), this monumental work is now available to be studied and enjoyed in a gorgeous facsimile edition, thanks to state-of-the-art conservation and high-resolution digitization.
Produced to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Folger Shakespeare Library, this limited-edition facsimile is printed on archival paper, Smyth sewn, and bound in cloth-wrapped boards with a reinforced spine and full-color dust jacket. In addition to the 594 pages illustrated by Trevelyon, the volume includes an introduction by Heather Wolfe, Curator of Manuscripts at the Folger Shakespeare Museum, as well as indexes to poetry, scripture, subjects, images, and Trevelyon's sources.
Thomas Trevelyon, Edited by Heather Wolfe, 2007, Hardback, 648 Pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-2959-8659-3