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    Superb Example of 17th Century Dutch Literature and Illustration

    Jacob Cats. Alle de Wercken, soo Oude als Nieuwe, van den Heer Jacob Cats, Ridder, oudt Raadtpensionaris van Hollandt, &c. Op nieus vermeerdert met des Autheurs Tachtig-jarig Leven, Huyshoudine en Bedenckingen op Zorg-vliet. De laaste Druk. Gedachten op Slapeloose Nachten, Nevens zijn gansche Twee en Tachtig-Jarigleven, Door hemzelf in dichtmaat beschreven, en nooit voor deezen gedrukt. Amsterdam: Daniel van den Dalen, Fran├žois Halma, De Wed van A. van Someren and Utrecht: En Wilhem Vande Water, 1700. The first edition originally published in 1655, this profusely illustrated edition appeared in 1700. Two folio volumes. [28], 666 [i.e. 662: 183-184 repeated and 343-348 omitted], [10] (out of order); [18], 1-390, [6], 393-608, 61, [1] pages. This edition contains the same plates as in the first edition of Cats's collected works (Amsterdam 1655): including the portrait of the author engraved by Michael Natalis after a work by Pieter Dubordieu, 96 emblems by J. Swelinck after A. van de Venne to the Sinnebeelden and the Emblemata moralia et Oeconomica; Selfstryt; Toneel der mannelicke achtbaerheyt , Houwelick (39 plates after A. van de Venne, including the famous plates with the children's plays on the square in Middelburg); the two portraits of Galathea; 129 emblematical plates to the Spiegel van den ouden en nieuwen tijdt most by W.H. Hondius, C. van Queboren, A. Matham a.o. after A. van de Venne, the portrait of Anna Maria van Schuurman and the 59 plates to the Trou-ringh and Toetssteen by Van Queboren, A. Matham, D. van Bremden. after A. van de Venne; 27 plates to Ouderdom, Buyten-leven en Hof=gedachten; 19 plates to the Invallende gedachten after A. van de Venne; double-page plate of the Huwelick's Fuyck after Van de Venne; Dood-kiste: 24 plates after Van de Venne and a double-page plate Sic transit gloria mundi; double-page plate of Stadholder Frederick Henrick on his deathbed; and 16 plates to the later works. Contemporary vellum over boards decorated in blind with rules and a central emblem, raised spine bands, and with contemporary ink titles (faint). Volume I with some soiling and modest wear to binding, internally clean with bright illustrations; Volume II with damage to the front board near the spine affecting the first half of the pages in the book; small tears on the spine, otherwise internally clean with bright illustrations. A sound set in very good condition.

    Jacob Cats (1577-1660) was a Dutch poet, humorist, jurist and politician best known for his emblem books (illustrated works popular in Europe in the 16th and 17th century that depict moralistic themes). This volume is the complete works of Cats, whose works were at one time were second only to the bible in popularity in the Netherlands. His books were alleged to have been used as models by the pupils of Dutch painters and other artists. Emblem books Leiden 142. Bn-Opale plus (1). Not in Matagne (Namur), Landwehr.

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