Thomas Trevelyon

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Thomas Trevelyon
Borncirca 1548 [1]
Other namesThomas Trevilian
OccupationEmbroidery pattern drawer, calligrapher [2]
Years active1603-1616
Known forThe Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608; The Great Book of Thomas Trevilian

Thomas Trevelyon (born circa 1548) lived in England (probably London) and is believed to have been an embroidery pattern drawer. [3] He is long known for having compiled two large manuscript miscellanies, the Miscellany of 1608 now in the collection of the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Great Book of 1616 now in the library at Wormsley Park. A third miscellany, in the collection of University College London was identified as being in his hand in 2012, and dates to circa 1603. [4]

He spelled his surname "Trevelyon" in the Folger Miscellany and "Trevilian" in the Wormsley Great Book. The "Trevelyon" spelling was established in scholarly literature by 1966, but the "Trevilian" spelling was used in the monograph published in 2000 that resulted in his name entering the Library of Congress Authority File for the first time. [5] [6]

Other than his own calligraphic rendering of his name, nothing approaching a portrait of Thomas Trevelyon exists. The drawing entitled "The author's apostrophe to the reader" once thought to be a self-portrait is, in fact, a stock figure illustrating a text bearing the title "The author's apostrophe to the reader" that Trevelyon copied out. [3]

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  1. "Trevilian, Thomas, approximately 1548-". Library of Congress Authorities. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  2. "Word & Image: The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608". Folgerpedia. Folger Shakespeare Library. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  3. 1 2 Heather Wolfe, ed. (2007). The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608 : an introduction to Folger Shakespeare Library MS V.b.232. Washington, D.C.: Folger Shakespeare Library. ISBN   978-0-295-98659-3.
  4. Wolfe, Heather. "A third manuscript by Thomas Trevelyon/Trevilian". The Collation. The Folger Shakespeare Library. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  5. Nevinson, J.L. (1966–68). "The Embroidery Patterns of Thomas Trevelyon". The Volume of the Walpole Society. 41: 1–38.
  6. "Trevilian, Thomas, approximately 1548-". Library of Congress Authorities. Retrieved 14 May 2016.