The Trevelyon Miscellany: Lettering

Word & Image:
The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608

on exhibit January 23 - May 22, 2004


The Miscellany contains fifty-three pages of alphabets and lettering samples. Some pages show random decorative initials copied from isolated texts, but mostly Trevelyon collected complete alphabets. He provided a mix of pure alphabets, and alphabets arranged as initial capitals for edifying verses. Together with Trevelyon's embroidery patterns, stylized portraits, and figural scenes, they form a library of design.

Thomas Trevelyon, Miscellany, fol. 281r (Decorative Lettering)

Thomas Trevelyon
Miscellany, fol. 281r
(Decorative lettering)

The t, v, x, y, and z seen here
(u and w are relative latecomers to the alphabet)
conclude a series resembling starched ribbon.

The A and B start an alphabet featuring jester-like faces.

Word and Image: The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608
Exhibition Highlights

Thomas Trevelyon: the man and his sources | History and Religion | Calendars and Calculations | Memento Mori | Proverbs | The Old Testament | Lettering | A Quest for Order | Women | Astronomy | Personifications | Embroidery

Exhibition Intro | Visiting the Folger

This page updated March 30, 2004