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1577, Nov 101660, Sep 12
a Dutch poet, humorist, jurist and politician. He is most famous for his emblem books. Cats retired to the seclusion of his palatial villa "Sorghvliet" ("Fly From Care"). Here he lived from this time till his death, occupied in the composition of his autobiography (Eighty-two Years of My Life, first printed at Leiden in 1734) and of his poems. He became famous in his own lifetime from his moralistic Emblem books, most notably Sinne en Minnebeelden, for which Adrian van der Venne cut the plates.
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