t' Amsterdam: Hendrick vander Putte, Papier en Boekverkooper op't Water, in de Lootsman, [n.d.]. Vellum. Early eighteenth century edition (based on the imprint) of the Dutch poet and politician's rhymed dissertations on marriage and conjugal fidelity, first published in Dordrecht, in 1637. 16mo: , 673, pp, with an engraved title page (in addition to the letterpress title) to the first work, two engraved full-page portraits (one of Anna Maria Schurmans and one of Jacob Cats), and a full-page allegorical engraving, 'Het Derde Deel,' in addition to 51 half-page engravings in the text. Contemporary vellum, with 'J. Cats' in manuscript to the spine. The binding is soiled but sound, the pages and plates clean, but with occasional browning, finger-soiling and mild staining. Marginal loss to S3, affecting neither the text nor the plate on p. 234. Contemporary ownership inscriptions to both fly leaves. Very Good+. Item #BB0863
Cats was one of the distinguished Dutch writers of Holland's golden age, but his Orangist and Calvinistic opinions set him apart from the liberal school of Amsterdam poets. Still, for nearly two centuries, he enjoyed enormous popularity. In this, perhaps his most important work, Cats treats human behavior and society in all its aspects through the lens of marriage, both human and spiritual (the marriage of Christ and His Church). Examples are taken from the Bible (Adam and Eve, David and Abigail) and from classical and modern authors (Cyrus and Aspasia, Marc Anthony and Cleopatra). Also included are discussions of marriage after rape, the breaking of marriage bonds, adultery, and the like. Added under separate half-title is Lof-Sang, op het geestelyk houwelyk van godes soone (Laudatory Song on the Spiritual Marriage of the Son of God).