Lot 32 of 443:
Jacob Cats' most famous work and advice for young women  

Click image to enlarge
Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$1,200
$2,000 - $3,000

Silenus Alcidiadis, sive Proteus, Vitæ Humanæ Ideam, Emblemate Trifariàm Variato, Oculis Subijciens. [Bound with:] Maechden-Plicht ofte ampt der Ionck-Frouwen, in Eerbaer Liefde, Aen-Ghewesen Door Sinnebeelden. Officium Puellarum, in Castis Amoribus, Emblemate Expressum

Cats, Jacob


Hans van der Hellum



Two volumes in one (the first work is in three parts). Engraved title pages to the three parts of the first work, 51 engraved circular emblems (repeated in the second and third parts); the second work with 44 engraved circular emblems. (4to) full navy morocco by Bedford, marbled endpapers, boards with gilt rules and inner dentelles, gilt decorated and lettered spine, a.e.g. First Editions. First issue of the first work; variant of the second work.

The first two published works by the popular Dutch poet, writer, and emblematist Jacob Cats (1577-1660). Silenus Alcidiadis was Cats' most popular work, and Maechden-Plicht is an interesting advice book for young women that was widely translated and reprinted. The two works are often found bound together. Of both works only four examples have appeared in American Book Prices Current since 1941.  

Lot Amendments

Near fine.

Item number:
Shipping info:

We have a full service shipping department to ensure proper packing and safe delivery of purchases at reasonable cost. We are specialists at packing and shipping books and works on paper.   All lots purchased by the same client are combined for shipping in order to keep the cost as economical as possible.  Our preferred method for domestic shipments is UPS Ground but we can also ship via FedEx or USPS Priority Mail. We do NOT ship USPS Media Mail under any circumstances.For international orders we select the most appropriate carrier depending on the value and weight of the items purchased.  We are happy to accommodate special arrangements by request.

Invoices are sent out the day following the auction and include a minimum $10 handling fee plus actual shipping and insurance charges.

Shipping estimates can be obtained  by contacting [email protected] prior to the auction.


Terms and conditions


All accepted bids are contracts and are considered final and non withdrawable.


A buyer's premium of 20% will be applied to all purchases.


The person posting the bids online has to be the person who has registered for the auction.