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Het Voorhof der Ziele, Behangen met leerzaeme Prenten en Zinnebeelden, Door F. v. H.

François van Hoogstraten

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

F. V. Hoogstraetens Voorhof der Ziele


Tot Rotterdam, -: By Fransois van Hoogstraeten, Boekverkooper., Anno 1668.

Physical Description

[14], 199, [9] p., add. engr. t.pl.: illus.; 185 mm. (Quarto.)


[Add. engr. t.pl., t.p.] - [Quotation from Boethius] - [Dedic.] - [Verses and a quotation from John Chrysostom] - [Text and illus.] - Bladtwijzer der Prenten en Zinnebeelden 1.(-60.); [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The added engraved title plate is isgned as made by 'R. de Hooge' ('Parisiis 1668'). The illustrations are unsigned.

The printer is named in the colophon: 'Tot Rotterdam, Gedruckt by Hendrik van Puer, Boekdrucker op de Keysers-gracht, achter Visschers-dijck. 1668.'

The work is dedicated by F. v. Hoogstraeten to Johan De Vries.


M. Roscam Abbing, Van Hoogstraten: Iconographie van een familie (1987); W.H. Wilson, The art of Romeyn de Hooghe [dissertation, Harvard Univy.] (1974); J. Landwehr, Romeyn de Hooghe the etcher (1973); J. Landwehr, Romeyn de Hooghe ... as book illustrator: a bibliography (1970); M.D. Henkel, 'Romeyn de Hooghe als illustrator', in Mdbl. Beeld. Kst., 3 (1926), p.261 ff. and 300 ff.; A.G. van Hamel. 'François van Hoogstraten (1632-96)', in Rotterdam. Jb., 2nd. ser. 9 (1921), p.49-66.

Summary Note

The title on the added engraved title-plate is 'F.V. Hoogstraetens Voorhof der Ziele'.

The sixty in-text illustrations are accompanied by Dutch poems and preceded by mottos in various languages from Biblical, classical or other sources. The illustrations show persons in their daily life (such as huntsmen, fishermen, a fire-brigade, a surgeon operating, a traveller washing his feet), as well as landscapes and a view of Rotterdam harbour.


The front pastedown is inscribed in ink, 'Rariss. Henr: White. Lichfeld: Junii XXIII MDCCCXVII.', and in pencil, 'J.E.H.'. The latter are the initials of John Evan Hodgson, RA Librarian 1882-95, who purchased this volume for the Academy in 1884 (see 'Librarian's Report', RA Annual Report for 1884, pp. 53, 56).

Copy Note

Imperfect: lacks p.199 and seven of the nine final unnumbered pages.

Binding Note

17th-century white vellum; spine inscribed in ink, 'Hoogstrat. Voorhoff der Ziele.'


Emblems - Symbols - Netherlands - 17th century
Soul - Ethics
Emblem books - Poetry - Netherlands - 17th century
Pictorial works - Netherlands - 17th century


Henry White, previous owner
François van Hoogstraten, bookseller, publisher
Romeyn de Hooghe, engraver
Hendrik van Puer, printer