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Pagode du Dalai Lama (Lhasa) / Detail from Carte de la Tartarie Independante

“ Pagode  du  Dalaï  Lama ”

Tibet – Bhutan – Nepal – Russia – Tartarie Independante, Carte de la, qui comprend le Pays de Calmuks, celui des Usbeks, et le Turkestan, avec leurs dependances. With large title-cartouche by J. Arrivet charmingly decorated with plants and regional characteristics + miles indicator. Map engraving of South Russia + Tibet composed by Rigobert Bonne (Raucourt, Ardennes, 1727 – 1795) for Lattré in Paris. C. 1770. 12⅝ × 17¾ in (32.2 × 45.2 cm).

Center: Samarkand . The lower right quarter of the map south of the Gobi Desert marked

“ Tibet  ou  Budtan ”

with

“ Pagode  du  Dalaï  Lama ” ( Lhasa )

as center as well as “Petit Tibet” north of the headwaters of the Ganges (recte Indus?) and in such a manner comprising

Tibet - Nepal - Bhutan / Detail from Carte de la Tartarie Independante

Tibet , Nepal + Bhutan .

Otherwise with Georgia – Caspian Sea – Dagestan – Khorasan – Turkmenistan – Uzbekistan – Kashmir . – In the west and north from Trebizond with Black Sea + Sea of Azov up to Kazan – Yekaterinburg – Krasnoyarsk – Irkutsk + Selinginsk . In the south still with Patna – Benares – Delhi – Multan – Kandahar – Herat . – Outline color. – Typographic watermark.

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L’Asie divisée en ses principaux Etats. With large title-cartouche. Continent map by Jean Janvier. Engraving colored in outline. Paris, Lattré, c. 1770. 12⅜ × 18⅛ in (31.4 × 45.9 cm).

Continent  map. – In the center Beijing, a little west of the center

Tibet / Detail from L'Asie

“ Petit  Tibet ”  +  “ Grand  Tibet ” .

Otherwise with Arabia – Turkey – Persia – Turkmenistan – Uzbekistan – Siberia – Mongolia – China – Japan – India – Indonesia – Sunda Islands – Borneo – Sumatra – Moluccas . – Relating to the Philippines with the interesting, but erroneous note “Ces Isles ont etée decouvertes par Magellan en 1520”instead of March 1521. More eastwards the entries “I(sle) Guan sans eau” and “Isles vues par Magellan”. – Westwards up to the Red Sea. – Typographic watermark.

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… So  (Athlets) , come  rally …

Human  Rights

Today  as  topical  as  200  Years  ago  for

Thomas  Paine

the  Father  of  the  United States of America  and  Author  of  the

Rights  of  Man

Thomas Landseer, Rights of Man

here  trampled  on  with  the  feet

on  the  Stage  of  the  “Monkeyana”

as  vicarious  for  wheresoever  it  happens

Thomas Landseer (1795 London 1880).  Rights  of  Man . The Demand for Human Rights.

On a stage the dictator as humanly dressed monkey with ermine coat, brandishing the scepter in the raised left while holding in the right

the  mask  of  gentleness ,

at  the  same  time , however , trampling  with  the  feet
on  Liberty  and  Rights  of  Man  of  1791  by  Thomas  Paine .

Paine (Thetford, Norfolk, England, 1737 – New York City 1809) himself

in his  own – thus  human  (sic!) – shape

reaching out from the left for the crown on the Majesty’s knees while putting a fool’s cap onto his head. In the background two apes as clergymen. Etching. (1827-28.) Inscribed: Landseer, otherwise as below. 8¼ × 7 in (21 × 17.7 cm).

On the base of the stage as not just the essence of the Rights of Man, but the lifelong fight of Paine:

“ The sight of one of the most despicable of God’s creatures
Trumpling down the dearest rights of mankind,
and crushing with impunity the rising liberty and prosperity of millions,
is one of the most melancholy and degrading spectacles in existence. –
and the miserable would-be-despote and the wretched monkish faction
who has urged him into so much perfidy and folly
are likely to be driven into merited obscurity. ”

Thomas Paine , radical-liberal writer in the spirit of enlightenment, but also inventor still praised by Thomas Edison, emigrated on recommendation of Benjamin Franklin 1774 to America. Early 1776 he published anonymously Common Sense, not only a bestseller in the American colonies, but also

of  decisive  influence  upon  the  “Declaration  of  Independence” .

Likewise  he  coined  the  phrase  of  The United States of America .

December 1776 – December 1783 The American Crisis followed, a series of sixteen pamphlets George Washington ordered to be read out loud to the troops.

Rights of Man of 1791/92 served as guide for the ideas of enlightenment, 1792 Paine was elected to the French National Assembly where he voted for the Republic, but spoke against the execution of Louis XVI especially in recognition of the support monarchic France had granted to the American Revolution. Similar to Beethoven his initial admiration for Napoleon soon turned into rejection because of his dictatorial ambitions. On invitation of President Thomas Jefferson he finally returned to America in 1802:

“ Thomas Paine had passed the legendary limit of life. One by one most of his old friends and acquaintances had deserted him. Maligned on every side, execrated, shunned and abhorred – his virtues denounced as vices – his services forgotten – his character blackened, he preserved the poise and balance of his soul. He was a victim of the people, but his convictions remained unshaken. He was still

a  soldier  in  the  army  of  freedom ,

and still tried to enlighten and civilize those who were impatiently waiting for his death. Even those who loved their enemies hated him, their friend – the friend of the whole world – with all their hearts.

On the 8th of June, 1809, death came – Death, almost his only friend.

At his funeral no pomp, no pageantry, no civic procession, no military display. In a carriage, a woman and her son who had lived on the bounty of the dead – on horseback, a Quaker, the humanity of whose heart dominated the creed of his head – and, following on foot, two negroes filled with gratitude – constituted the funeral cortege of Thomas Paine …

If the people of the great Republic knew the life of this generous, this chivalric man, the real story of his services, his sufferings and his triumphs – of what he did to compel the robed and crowned, the priests and kings, to give back to the people

liberty , the  jewel  of  the  soul …

they would repeat the words of Andrew Jackson: ‘Thomas Paine needs no monument made with hands;

he  has  erected  a  monument  in  the  hearts  of  all  lovers  of  liberty ’ ”

(Robert G. Ingersoll, Thomas Paine, North American Review, August 1892, in The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, New Dresden Edition, New York 1902, XI, 338 f.).

And at the house rue l’Odéon 10 in Paris, where he lived 1797-1802, a plaque reminds of him:

“ Thomas Paine. Anglais de naissance. Américain d’adoption. Français par décret … Il mit sa passion de la liberté au service de la Révolution française, fut député à la Convention et écrivit Les Droit de l’Homme. ”

Fine  impression  on  large  paper  from  the  famous  set  of  the  “Monkeyana” , one of the but few early and thus typical works by Landseer :

“ That Thomas Landseer may be judged only by these illustrations a little book with woodcuts proves which show next to nothing of his intellect ” .

Worked since 1827 the 25 etchings incl. title were published in numbers and with classical captions at Moon, Boys & Graves in London till 1828 (The English Catalogue of Books: January to December) in three editions: standard edition in quarto, edition on larger paper in large quarto, edition with proofs in large quarto, too. Besides copies on mounted China.

Otherwise qualified by Rümann i. a.:

“ Much  more  important  was  Edwin’s  brother  Thomas  Landseer …

… in the ’20s he distinguished himself by a series of 25 plates that were published 1828 under the title of ‘Monkeyana’ (ills. 57).

Technically  his  etchings  are  masterly ,

no less admirable the intellectual grasp of the subject. With much humor and sharp observation he transfers the plain life of his time to the monkey’s life. His sarcasm is biting, almost vicious. ”

Later Thomas Landseer devoted himself largely to the reproduction of the animal depictions by his brother Sir Edwin. – On especially wide-margined buff paper. – Particularly above and right in the outer parts of the white margin slightly foxing.

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… The  Internationale
(fights  for  the  Nations’  Right) !”

So  they  sang .

The  students  on  Tiananmen  Square , the  Square  of  Heavenly  “Peace” .

1989 .

It  remained  unforgotten

 

 

60  Years  before  Paine  however
J. E. Ridinger  &  B. H. Brockes  let  us…

“ See  a  Picture  of  the  Wild  Victor ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). (Fights of Killing Animals) or The Big Five. Set of 8 sheet. Etched/engraved by Johann Elias (1-4) and Martin Elias (1731 Augsburg 1780) Ridinger. (1760.) Large fol. (plate size c. 15 × 11⅝ in [38 × 29.5 cm]). Boards covered with laid paper and on front cover stamped in brown “Johann Elias Ridinger Anno 1760. / Mit beygefügter vortrefflichen Poesie des hochberühmten Herrn Barthold Heinrich Brockes” in slipcase.

Thienemann ( “Rare”, 1856! ) + Schwarz 716-723. – With the Brockes verses (1-4) and the ones adapted to those resp. – Very fine early impressions of a dissolved contemporary album with wide upper and lower, at the sides differently less wide margins. The majority of these, partially also just here and there, mostly only slightly foxspotted. Two tiny tears in the lower margin backed acid-freely.

Sceneries of wild beauty of the Big Five in savanna and rocky mountains, but also close to humans. Among these The Furious Leopard (recte tiger) as he lacerates a Donkey

identifying  the  beast  of  prey

Johann Elias Ridinger, The furious Leopard lacerating an Ass

with  Alexander  of  Macedonia

For, so Brockes,

“ … Do  stop ! Your  cruel  image  impresses
also  instructive  reflections  on  my  mind !
Should  a  world  conqueror’s  look
not  even  be  much  more  horrible ?
Calling  forth  even  greater  horror ?
and  has , with  untold  corses ,
which  his  barbarian  word  slaughters ,
this  animal  not  to  yield  to  him  in  rage ?

Hunger  spurs  on  the  leopard ,
but  wantonness  Alexander ,
Sheds  that  one  animal’s ,
sheds  this  whole  streams  of  blood
of  50,000  of  his  own  kind  by  iron  claws  bought  by  him ,
Come , let  us  see  then  once , if  you  can ,
a  picture  of  the  Wild  Victor .

His  look , provided  you  get  it  right ,
certainly  takes  precedence  over  this  bloodthirsty  beast
in  rage , wrath , in  foam , and  horribleness . ”

Small wonder that the set was held back for decades. For in catalog Augsburg Rolf Biedermann assumes the creation of the drawings for already the ’30s what corresponds to Brockes’ lifetime (1680 Hamburg 1747). Originally the set was restricted to sheets 1-4 – The Horse and the Lion / The Aurochs and the Tiger / Lioness with Cub by a Rock Attacked by a Bear – with Brockes’ texts and transferred to the plates exclusively by Johann Elias and in their context was beyond the Alexander dedication

as  a  whole  the  oriflamme  for  freedom

as which it was analyzed for the first time in detail here. And because of which it thus remained unpublished. It seems that only Martin Elias as youthfully more reckless effected the publication in 1760. For sheets 5-8 are etched/engraved by him alone. And that after designs the father worked only then. See the signed drawings 389-392 dated with 1760 in the Ridinger appendix of the 1869 catalogue of drawings left behind by J. A. G. Weigel. From which it also may be deduced that not just the drawings together with the texts to the highly explosive sheets 1-4 were ready since long, but their plates, too.

Complementing that risky original set by four further sheets with texts now only à la Brockes and thus harmless was, beside the wish for a more comfortable sales unit, quite surely and intentionally for the purpose to conceal the striking message of the first four. The raise thus as together final outer cover.

For what presents itself at first glance „only“ as the damnation of an event long time ago, namely the Alexander campaign (Th. 719), blazes up to an

ORIFLAMME  OF  FREEDOM  AND  HUMANITY

when its history is removed. To which Alexander of Macedonia served as synonym wrapped once more in itself. The verdict was meant, at least simultaneously, for the own absolute authorities. That saw itself in the succession of Alexander. The old Alexander idolization forced unchanged new flowers.

It surprises how all this should have remained hidden to such an accurate piece-by-piece reviewer as Thienemann. For this group of four, and surely just by chance, but nevertheless strangely enough, just this is identical with the only still four sheet of the set republished by Engelbrecht-Herzberg in 1824 anymore, should be quite elitist with its massive social criticism in the art of its time. Not to be missed then, too, the locations of its authors. Augsburg, governed democratically for a long period already in the Middle Ages, and Hamburg were Imperial Cities! They plainly prove here as vestibules of Liberty Island, whose flame ignited in the “Fights of Killing Animals” burns on there :

The  Statue  of  Liberty  Enlightening  the  World !

And in such a manner then also the Fights of Killing Animals form

the  intellectual  and  sociopolitical  pre-1789  credo

of  an  utterly  new  Ridinger .

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„ Sie haben wieder einmal in unverkennbarer Weise Ihr Unternehmen und Ihre Philosophie dargeboten. Ich wünsche Ihnen – beiden – auch in diesem Jahr viel Erfolg und Gefolgschaft von Ihren alten und hoffentlich auch neuen Kunden und natürlich auch persönliches Wohlergehen … “

(Herr D. L., 4. Januar 2010)