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J. Cats Self-Stryd. Dat Is Crachtighe beweginge van Vleesch ende Geest. Poëtischer wijse verthoont in den persoon ende uytte gheleghentheyt van Joseph, ten tijde hy van Potiphars huys-vrouwe werd versocht tot over-spel. Tweede Druck. Op een nieuw verciert met Copere Platen; over-sien, verbetert, ende vermaedert, by den Auteur, met by-vouginghe van de aff-beeldinghe des Velt-teyckens eenes Christelicken Ionghelincx, alle eerbare Ionghelingen toe-ghe-eyghent. Mitsgaders Schriftmatighe beschrijvinghe van de heymenis ende eyghenschap des Christelicken Self-strijts, met corte verclaringhe op de selve.

Jacob Cats

RA Collection: Book

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Tot Middelburgh,: Gedruckt by Hans vander Hellen, voor Ian Pietersz vande Venne, woonende op den houck van de Nieuwe Beurse in de Schildery-winckel,, Anno 1621. Met Privilegie voor vier Iaer. De Auteur en kent geen Exemplaren voor de sijne, dan die gedruckt zijn by Hans vander Hellen.

Physical Description

[36], 119, [1] p.: [5] illus.; 238 mm. (Quarto.)


[T.p.] - Extract uyt de Privilegie - [Engraved title] - Aen de Const-lievenden Leser (by Jan Pietersz van de Venne) - Aen den Recht-sinnigen Leser - Cort Verhael ... - Verhael ... - Corte Tafel Der dingen ... - Pel. Ad Demetriadem ... - Veld-Teycken ... [with 1 illus.] - [Text, with 2 illus.] - [Divisional t.p., 'Sinne Beeld De hymenisse ende eyghenschap des Christlicken Self-Stryts Alle self-strijtbare Lesers ... Tot Middelburgh ... 1621' - Achtbare, Weerde, Bescheydene Ionck-Vrou - Sinne-Beeld Openende de heymenisse ende rechten aert des Christlicken Self-Stryts [with 1 illus.]..

Responsibility Note

Three of the five illustrations are signed as designed by A. van Venne. The first four are signed by their engravers - F. Schillemans, 'TO'?, 'PS' and [illegible]. The title-page vignette and other decorations are unsigned.


J. Bos and J.A. Gruys, Cats Catalogus (1996); D. ten Berge, De hooggeleerde en zoetvloeiende dichter Jacob Cats (1979).

On Adriaen van de Venne see L.J. Bol, Adriaen Pietersz. van de Venne: painter and draughtsman (1989).

Summary Note

The first illustration includes an added engraved title, which reads, 'Self-Stryt dat is, Krachtighe beweginghe van Vlles ende Gheest. Poëtischer wijse voorghestelt, inde-persoon ende op de gheleghentheijt van Ioseph Ten tijde hij van Potiphars Huys-vrouwe wiert versocht tot Overspeel, Door I. Cats'.

The text takes the form of a verse dialogue between Joseph and Potiphar's wife, derived from the story in the Biblical book of Genesis.

The first illustration shows Joseph and Potiphar's wife; the second is an allegory (an animal lying within a circle of stones); the third shows a man and woman walking with musicians; the fourth shows a woman being served a meal; the fifth shows a woman with a churn. The book is also carries a title-page vignette, headpieces,tailpieces and decorated initials.


The verso of the front loose endpaper is inscribed in pencil, 'S.A.H.', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81.

Binding Note

19th-century blue morocco; spine lettered 'Catsii Emblemata', 'R.A.' and 'Rotterdam 1627'. Bound with two others.

Name as Subject


Bible., O.T., Genesis
Self-control - Love - Virtues - Vices
Dutch - Social life and customs - Netherlands - 17th century
Dutch poetry - Netherlands - 17th century