Thomas Trevelyon

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Thomas Trevelyon
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Born circa 1548 [1]
Nationality English
Other names Thomas Trevilian
Occupation Embroidery pattern drawer, calligrapher [2]
Years active 1603-1616
Known for The 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]

Miscellany

A miscellany is a collection of various pieces of writing by different authors. Meaning a mixture, medley, or assortment, a miscellany can include pieces on many subjects and in a variety of different forms. In contrast to anthologies, whose aim is to give a selective and canonical view of literature, miscellanies were produced for the entertainment of a contemporary audience and so instead emphasise collectiveness and popularity. Laura Mandell and Rita Raley state:

This last distinction is quite often visible in the basic categorical differences between anthologies on the one hand, and all other types of collections on the other, for it is in the one that we read poems of excellence, the "best of English poetry," and it is in the other that we read poems of interest. Out of the differences between a principle of selection and a principle of collection, then, comes a difference in aesthetic value, which is precisely what is at issue in the debates over the "proper" material for inclusion into the canon.

Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608

The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608, compiled by Thomas Trevelyon in London, England in 1608, is an illustrated manuscript miscellany containing handwritten notes and drawings on historical, religious, social and practical themes, adapted from a variety of sources, including the Bible and ancient and contemporary English writers. According to Dr. Heather Wolfe, Curator of Manuscripts and Archivist at the Folger Shakespeare Library, "the primary purposes of the Trevelyon miscellany ... are didactic and mnemonic. The extracts and examples from secular, allegorical, and Protestant texts are an enduring monument for improving one's moral conduct in this life and preparing for the next."

Folger Shakespeare Library independent research library in Washington, D.C.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is an independent research library on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in the United States. It has the world's largest collection of the printed works of William Shakespeare, and is a primary repository for rare materials from the early modern period (1500–1750). The library was established by Henry Clay Folger in association with his wife, Emily Jordan Folger. It opened in 1932, two years after his death.

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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References

  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   0-295-98659-X.
  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.