The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608
The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608
The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608
The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608
The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608
The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608
The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608

The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608

Studio A, Alexandria, Virginia, 2006

Description

The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608 is a unique volume in the Folger Shakespeare Library. It contains 596 pages of entries, including astronomy, a history of British rulers, embroidery patterns, the nine muses, the seven deadly sins, ornamental alphabets and much more. The Folger commissioned this full-size facsimile—11 x 17 inches and weighing 18 pounds—to allow bibliophiles and scholars access to this treasure of late-16th-century information. Sixty pages of prefatory information were added, including an introduction, several scholarly indices and a reference index of miniature page reproductions. It required two years to produce, with great efforts made to ensure the best, most accurate facsimile within budgetary restraints. Among the unusual steps taken, the Italian printing company’s owner flew to Washington, D.C. to personally check every page proof against the original. Additionally, the printer created special four-color inks to more faithfully reproduce the unusual colors of the manuscript. Because of the facsimile’s size, pieces of wood are used for the book boards. Instead of trying to create the appearance of a period binding (the original was lost over time), the dust jacket and book cover are designed in a manner that reflects the contents but is closer in spirit to our times.

Juror Notes

“Mammoth, monumental and essential are the words that come to mind when describing this book. Not meant for reading in bed, this book demands its own table.”

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2006
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Studio A
Designer
Antonio Alcalá
Jacket designer
Antonio Alcalá
Photographer
Julie Ainsworth
Production directors
Rachel Doggett, Richard Kuhta
Production artist
Sandi Owatverot
Production coordinator
Helen McNiell
Author
Thomas Trevelyon
Editor
Heather Wolfe
Trim size
11 x 17 inches
Pages
656
Quantity printed
950
Compositor
Studio A
Typeface
Minion
Printer/binder
Editoriale Bortolazzi-Stei
Jacket printer
Editoriale Bortolazzi-Stei
Paper
Mundial Munken Lynx 150 gsm
Binding method
Sewn with a rounded spine
Publisher/client
Folger Shakespeare Library
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