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Tooneel Vande Mannelicke Achtbaerheyt, Aen-Ghewesen Inde Voor-sprake, Teghen-sprake, ende Wt-sprake, Ghedaen Over de vveygheringhe van de Koniginne Vasthi, aen de Ghesanten des Konincx Assuerus. Tot verbeteringhe vande huys-ghebraken deser eeuwe, Door I. Cats.

Jacob Cats

RA Collection: Book

Record number




Tot Middelburgh,: Ghedruct by Hans vander Hellen, voor Ian Pieterss vande Venne, woonende op den hoeck vande nieuwe Beurse inde Schildery-winckel,, Anno 1622.

Physical Description

[12], 60, [20] p.: [4] illus.; 238 mm. (Quarto.)


[T.p.] - Extract uyt de Privilegie - Aen den Leersamen ende Konstlievenden Leser - [Text, with 4 illus.] - [Quotations from ancient and modern writers] - Tafel Kortelick behelsende de saken in dese ghedichten ... .

Responsibility Note

The illustrations 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 (1989).

Summary Note

The text recounts in verse the story of Vashti and Ahasuerus, derived from the account in the Biblical book of Esther.

The illustrations show episodes from the story.


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., Esther
Love - Virtues - Vices
Dutch poetry - Netherlands - 17th century