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Proteus ofte Minne-beelden Verandert In Sinne-beelden

Jacob Cats

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

[Silenus Alcibiadis, Sive Proteus., 1627.]


Tot Rotterdam: By Pieter van Waesberge boecvercooper, An. 1627 Met Privilegie voor 15. Iaren.

Physical Description

[6], 35, [1], 315, [1], 28, 91, [1], 46, [2], 48, [6], 49-55, [1]p., [1] t.pl., [3] pl.: [97] illus.; 238 mm. (Quarto.)


[Half-t., title plate] - Aenden Verstandighen Leser Op de Titel-Prent - Inhout van de Privilegie - [Dedic.] - Aenspraecke Tot den leser, Op de gheleghentheyt vande veranderinge in desen nieuwen druck - Voor-reden ... - Ad Lectorem ... Praefatio - Aende Zeeusche Ionck-vrouwen ... - [Poems to J. Cats] - [Divisional t.p., 'Sinne Ende Minne-Beelden Van J. Catz'] - [Text in Dutch, Latin, French, with 50 illus.] - [Divisional t.p., 'Emblemata D. Iacobi Catsii, In linguam Anglicam transfusa,'] - [Text in English of nos. 3-53 only] - [Divisional t.p., 'Emblemata Moralia Et Æconomica ...'] - [Text in Dutch and Latin, with 1 plate and 43 illus.] - [Text [of Maechden-plicht] in Latin and French] - [Blank leaf] - [Divisional t.p., 'Galathee Ofte Harder Minne-Klachte · Van J. Catz'] - [Frontis.] - [Text, with 1 plate and 4 illus.]. - [N.B. The order of sections varies between copies.]

Responsibility Note

The title plate is unsigned.

In the 'Sinne Ende Minne-Beelden' the first two illustrations are signed as drawn by A. v. Venne, and most are signed as engraved by J. Swelinc(k). In the 'Emblemata Moralia Et Æconomica' the illustrations and one plate are unsigned. In the 'Galathee' the frontispiece is unsigned, the one plate is signed as designed by AV Venne and engraved by T. Matham; one illustration is signed as designed by 'VV', two are signed as engraved by J. Swelinck.

The work is dedicated by Jan Swelinck to the 'Heeren Schoutet Burgermeesteren Schepenen Raden ende Regeerders der wijt vermaerde Coop-Stadt tot Rotterdam'.


A. Adams, S. Rawles and A. Saunders, A Bibliography Of French Emblem Books of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (1999), no. F. 154, p.286-8; J. Bos and J.A. Gruys, Cats Catalogus (1996); J. Landwehr, Emblems and fable books printed in the Low Countries 1542-1813 (1988); 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 second part of the Privilege and one of the plates of the 'Sinne Ende Minne-Beelden' carry the date of 1626.

This work was first published in 1618 as Silenus Alcibiadis, Sive Proteus.


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.


Love - Virtues - Vices - Allegories - Iconography
Emblems (allegorical pictures) - Netherlands - History - 17th century
Dutch - Social life and customs - Netherlands - 17th century
Dutch poetry - Emblem books - Netherlands - 17th century
Pictorial works - Netherlands - 17th century