The Trevelyon Miscellany: Calendars
Word & Image:
The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608
|on exhibit January 23 - May 22, 2004
Calendars and Calculations
that governed the lives of Trevelyon and his contemporaries was
the calendar of the Christian church year, which centered around
the date of Easter. Before printed calendars in prayer books and
almanacs became readily available, one needed the skill of time
reckoning, or "Computus," to determine the dates of
Easter and the other movable feasts. Calendrical tables in prayer
books and early almanacs were often paired with images of "the
labors of the months," entertaining illustrations that had
a long tradition. By Trevelyon's time these images had mostly
disappeared from almanacs, while the practical tables remained.
Nevertheless, representations of seasonal agricultural tasks continued
to be a reassuring part of the visual culture Trevelyon recorded.
Miscellany, fols. 11v and 12r
hath 30 dayes")
The Shepardes Kalender
The two men harvesting
grapes in the image for September appear to have been copied from a small
woodcut in The Shepardes Kalender.
tables, shown above, follow the format of printed almanacs, giving
saints' days, time of sunset, and other practical information.
columns of "evill dayes" and "good dayes," probably
derived from an edition of Leonard Digges's Prognostication Everlasting
which contained tables of good and evil days to let blood, to purge,
and to bathe.
Word and Image: The Trevelyon
Miscellany of 1608
Trevelyon: the man and his sources | History
and Religion |
and Calculations | Memento
Mori | Proverbs
| The Old
Testament | Lettering
| A Quest for Order
| Women | Astronomy
Exhibition Intro | Visiting
This page updated March 26, 2004