Antique Print-MARRIAGE-PATH-Venne-Cats-1655



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Copperplate engraving on a verge type hand laid paper. Watermarks not visible on every sheet. Emblem with surrounding text front and rear. on paper.

Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 24 x 41 cm. The image size is ca. 15 x 19 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 9.4 x 16.1 inch. The image size is ca. 5.9 x 7.5 inch.

Proverb / ethics emblem : ‘Houwelijck dat is het gansche Beleyt des Echten-Staets…’ (Marriage that is the complete policy of the life-status-) This plate deals with marriage. This title page shows the different stages of marriage from virginity, courting to the grave. The banner starts with the text: ‘Erasm. Tractatu de Christ matrim.’ (Erasmus. Pact of Christiam marriage.) At the bottom a poem: ‘Siet! Hoe dat de Mensche Dwaelt, Siet! Hoe dat de Mensche Daelt, Fiere Ionck-heyt weelich Bloet, Siet hoe datje worden moet. (See how humans wander, See how humans lower themselves, Proud youth lively blood, See how you should become.) This old antique engraved copperplate print and accompanying poetry originate from ‘Alle de Wercken van den heere Jacob Cats…..’, (Complete Works of Jacob Cats) which was published from 1655 on. This plate is from a 1726 edition. The emblems depict lessons of many aspects of life. Each emblem typically has more than one meaning as Cats’ poems talk about ethics, wisdom and morale from the perspective of love, religion and society. His work has often been critisized, but contains a treasure of truth and symbolism, often as relevant as it was during the times of it’s creation. We might carry this item from a smaller size edition and a 19th c. ed. with steel engravings as well. Inquire if interested.Artists and Engravers: The Author is Jacob Cats, also known as Father Cats (born Nov. 10, 1577, Brouwershaven, Zeeland, Spanish Netherlands – died Sept. 12, 1660, Zorgvliet, near The Hague) Dutch poet. A magistrate and high official, he was enormously popular as a writer of emblem books, consisting of woodcuts or engravings with verses possessing a moral. His Mirror of Old and New Times (1632) contains many quotations that have become household sayings in the Netherlands, and he used it to express the ethical concerns of Dutch Calvinists, especially about love and marriage. The famous poetry by Jacob Cats is often accompanied by well engraved images after the design of Adriaen van de Venne. Not all engravings have been signed, but engravers indicated include J. Swelinc, I. Matham, Wil. Hondius, C. v. Quiborne, D. v. Bremden & possibly others.

Condition: Fine. General age related toning. Occasional light staining. Image does not show entire page. Some damp stains in the outer margins not affecting image.


(PCO) A188-35

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