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Ridinger

Taken off well

Ridinger, American Deer
American Deer

is half won

2014

“ Complete Copies are almost untracable ”

So already 1857 in Weigel, Art Stock Catalog, pt. XXVIII, Ridinger Appendix 63a
(torso of but 120 ll.)

Ridinger’s

Colored Animal Kingdom

And  even  individual  plates  are  hardly  inferior  in  this

At  niemeyer’s , however , presently  nevertheless  the  one  as  the  others

The  latter  as  subject  of  present  offer  from the only colored first edition worked from 1754 after (where applicable by the eldest, Martin Elias) and prevailingly by Johann Elias Ridinger himself and concluded posthumously not before 1773 (a second edition, remaining uncolored contrary to the advertisement, from the plates meanwhile cut even under loss of animals with altered titles and Ridinger’s inscription removed was published 1824/25 at Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg)

on  the  quality  Dutch  paper  of  C & I Honig

– “ because  for  this  it  is  the  most  decent  and  best ”

so Ridinger in the preamble to the Principal Colors of Horses – with corresponding varying watermarks in portrait & 3 oblong formats of c. 30.5-31.5 × 19.5-21.5 and 21 × 31-31.5 cm (12-12⅜ × 7⅝-8½ and 8¼ × 12¼-12⅜ in) resp. They

belong  to  the  finest  of  the  fine

of  the  illuminated  animal  books  of  all  times .

The number of copies published cannot be thought of small enough. And only seven years after the publication of the Animal Kingdom with Martin Elias the one of the two sons more familiar with the work died.

“ Ridinger, who as great animal painter quite realized that the colors were nothing inessential with them, intended in his later years … to crown his works and publish yet some

suites  colored  exactly  and  finely  from  nature ”

(Thienemann). – Unless anything to the contrary is mentioned,

of  uniformly  very  fine  overall  condition

with margins on three sides c. 2-3 and below c. 4.,5-5 cm wide.

The  plenitude  of  what  is  offered  here  uniformly  suggests to call the attention to the

quantity  discount

assigned here for suchlike simultaneous purchases , that is  with  individual  offer  number  each

3% from 7 items , 6% from 12 items , 10% from 20 items

Multiple-sheet items running under one number – here thus pendants and thematic en-bloc groups offered as option and by themselves alredy favorably priced – therefore always also count as one item. For plates joined in the latter applies besides: no time-limited shipping discrimination for orders of but individual plates.

“ Symbol of Wisdom

Ridinger, Elephant

and Sympathy …

and Eight Elephants carry the Universe ”

(Meyer’s Convers.-Lex., 4th ed., V, 510/II)

Here then

Their Three Animal Kingdom-Ridingers

Elephant. Elephant.Th. 1030. – A tiny brown spot in the white plate field top left.

“ We see here a fine male elephant with mighty tusks, but in remarkable hue, fine dark puce. They shall get such pecular hue sometimes from the mud they wallow in. However, this was drawn by the (Memmingen born Petersburg court) painter Grimmel (1703-1759), as the following ones, in captivity. ”

See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,933 / EUR  1300. / export price EUR  1235. (c. US$ 1347.) + shipping

An Elephant. Un Elephant. “A female animal, yellowish grey, passing into blackish grey … mighty tusks” (Th. 1031). – Quite dainty pleat in the left white plate field. In the lower far white plate and adjoining paper field one tiny brown spot and 1⅛ × ⅜ in (3 × 1 cm) brown streak each. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,934 / EUR  1300. / export price EUR  1235. (c. US$ 1347.) + shipping

Ridinger, Trained Elephant

Trained Elephant. Elephant dressé. The mounted driver became victim of the shortening of the plates – “what looks bad” (Th. 1032) – in the uncolored 1824/25 new edition. – Margins on three sides 1.7-3.5 cm, below 4.6 cm wide. – Two little brown spots in the upper white plate field. – Beside the “Crane at Oldenburg the prime plate of the set. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,935 / EUR  1400. / export price EUR  1330. (c. US$ 1451.) + shipping

To further the staying together of above three Grimmel/Ridinger Animal Kingdom Elephants 15,933/35 , offered also en-bloc 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 16,003 / EUR  3600. / export price EUR  3420. (c. US$ 3731.) + shipping

The Horse. Le Cheval. Partly spotted bay stallion standing to the left. – Th. 975. – Old backed tear of 13 cm visible above the horse within the foliage and white plate/paper margin field resp. and outside of the actual subject also otherwise slightly agemarked. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,936 / EUR  270. / export price EUR  257. (c. US$ 280.) + shipping

Hinny, loaded Mule. Le Mulet chargé. “Splendidly decorated and heavily loaded with driver” (Th. 983), drawn from life, walking to the right.

Offer no. 15,937 / sold

Ditto loaded Mule. Le Mulet chargé. Again decorated, highly loaded with feathered ones and lambs, to the left, going down a slope. – Th. 984. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 16,137 / EUR  570. / export price EUR  542. (c. US$ 591.) + shipping

The Large or Miller’s Donkey. L’Ane de Meunier. Staked in landscape, standing to the left. “A well-made figure, ash-grey with black lower back and cow’s tail” (Th. 981).

Offer no. 15,939 / EUR  435. / export price EUR  413. (c. US$ 451.) + shipping

The Small (Miller’s) Donkey. Le petit Ane. Dark brown, with saddle & bridle, standing to the right. – Th. 982

Offer no. 15,940 / sold

Ridinger, Zebra

African Donkey ( recte Zebra , so also the Latin designation ZEBRA vel ZECORA ). Ane Afriquain. “A quite nice representation of this fine animal as it trots (to the right). The stripes black-brown, as they are usually” (Th. 978). – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,941 / EUR  490. / export price EUR  466. (c. US$ 508.) + shipping

– – ZEBRA vel ZECORA. Ane Afriquain. Lying to the left. “These names are all wrong. We have here the quite well-made illustration of Equus Quagga, which is similar to the zebra, but is essentially different already by color as belly and hands always show white” (Th. 980). – – Early representation of the quagga of the South African plains, described first only 1778, extinct already 1878.

Offer no. 16,139 / EUR  690. / export price EUR  656. (c. US$ 716.) + shipping

Aethiopian Donkey. Ane d’Ethiopie. “It is nothing but a zebra which, however, worked from inaccurate drawings, turned to horse-like long-necked. The stripes are auburn” (Th. 979). Trotting vivaciously to the left in front of dark wall.

Offer no. 15,943 / EUR  435. / export price EUR  413. (c. US$ 451.) + shipping

A yet promised African Donkey ( recte young zebra, “worked after inaccurate drawing”, Th.). Ane africam promis. Vn cheval velu. The former standing to the right, next to it the latter with halter, lying to the left. – Th. 977. – Tiny brown spot in the white text field.

Offer no. 16,017 / sold

The Gift of the Counterfeiters

or

Ridinger, Crane of Oldenburg

The Crane

of Oldenburg Count Anthony Günther

The Crane at Oldenburg in East Frisia. Cheval d’Ostfriesland nomé la Grüe. The world’s most famous dapple-grey horse, the Crane at Oldenburg in East Frisia, with the brand – A in 8-pointed star below crown – of his master, Count Anthony Günther of Oldenburg and, from 1647, Delmenhorst), a horse lover of degree. – Th. 976. – Upper left in the white paper margin/platemark ¾ × 1⅝ in (2 × 4 cm) brown spotted, otherwise isolated little brown spots in the white plate field and the white margin resp. only, the latter below right also with thumb stain.

THE  SUJET  AMAZING  VISITORS , INDEED , ALREADY  RIDINGER

and correspondingly advised by the master himself per page 11 of his preamble to the Animal Kingdom

“ … albeit  the  presentation  of  the  singular  white  horse

with  such  a  long  tail  and  crest …

might  seem  almost  unbelievable  and  exaggerated ,

the matter nevertheless is absolutely true as His Honor the famous professor Klein at Danzig himself has kindly communicated such representation. This splendid creature has been bred in East Frisia , raised there , and been named

the Crane at Oldenburg.

As far as is known to us one has almost never seen something like this, although it was reported to us that such a white tail is shown by an isabelline colored horse in the natural history collection in Dresden (taxidermied; destroyed by later fire) and that at Florence there has been such a black horse, too .”

Here then the indeed historical background, as according to an adaptation by Isabelle Yeginer on a homepage of the city of Oldenburg on occasion of journeys count Anthony Günther –

“ laid  the  foundation  for  the  still  today  flourishing  horse-breeding ”

and “ In  all  negotiations  he  did  not  spare  with  the  ‘presentation’

of  splendid  horses  from  his  own  studs ”

(Joh. Frdr. L. Th. Merzdorf, ADB I [1875], p. 492, and Hermann Lübbing, NDB I [1953], p. 317 resp.) –

fell into the hands of counterfeiters in a haunted castle and escaped with his life only by promising absolute secrecy.

“ Years later one evening count Anthony Günther sat in his home castle at his desk when there was a knock … The (now well-dressed) visitor was one of the counterfeiters of that supposed haunted castle in Holstein. ‘You have kept your promise’ he said … ‘and disclosed nothing of what you had seen then. For this you shall be rewarded. In the Blue House at the Dam a noble horse is ready for you, which is worthy of you.’ … There he found the Crane,

the  most  beautiful  horse  he  had  ever  laid  eyes  upon .

Still today, at the time of the Kramer Fair, count Anthony Günther is commemorated annually. Then he rides on his legendary Crane in front of the great Kramer Fair procession. ”

With Jacob Theodor Klein (“Plinius Gedanensium”, Königsberg 1685 – Danzig 1759; town clerk in Danzig, later director of the Society of Naturalists Danzig co-founded by him, member of the Royal Society, London, and honorary member of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg; ADB XVI, 92 ff.), famous for his collections, Ridinger was in close communication and supported in his Colored Animal Kingdom undertaking in many ways, too. Following Klein’s classification according to kind and number of extremities – superceded by Linné’s anatomical classification – the early states of some plates of the set still show references to his Quadrupedum dispositio brevisque Historia Naturalis of 1751, as known to Thienemann for some plates and documented here for several more by a complete copy available here.

Ridinger himself emphasizes by the preface in his words of thanks “in particular the tremendously beautiful collection of P(rofessor). Klein of the Ludolph estate, which comprises nothing but original items”. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,871 / EUR  1480. / export price EUR  1406. (c. US$ 1534.) + shipping

niemeyer’s — for  finest  ridingeriana

The Doe, Goat. La Chevre. With collar & bell, standing to the left. – Th. 997. – Little brown spot in the white paper margin lower left and several tiny brown spots in the white plate field.

Offer no. 15,945 / EUR  370. / export price EUR  352. (c. US$ 384.) + shipping

Billy Goat. Le Bouc. Splendidly cornuted, slightly going to the right, looking at the beholder. – Th. 996. – Some little/tiny spots in the white plate field.

Offer no. 15,946 / EUR  370. / export price EUR  352. (c. US$ 384.) + shipping

To further the staying together of both the above Goats 15,945/46 , offered also as pendants 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 16,006 / EUR  665. / export price EUR  632. (c. US$ 689.) + shipping

Arabian Buck. Bouc d’Arabie. Silverbrown longhaired with horns curved far to the behind, standing to the left. “I know to say about this variety nothing but … ” (Th. 998). – Quite isolated tiny brown spots in the white plate field. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,947 / EUR  435. / export price EUR  413. (c. US$ 451.) + shipping

The Sheep. La Brebis. With rich hangings, standing to the left. – Th. 993

Offer no. 15,948 / EUR  370. / export price EUR  352. (c. US$ 384.) + shipping

The Ram. Le Belier. Lying to the right, looking meditatively. – Th. 992

Offer no. 15,949 / EUR  410. / export price EUR  390. (c. US$ 425.) + shipping

To further the staying together of both the above Sheep 15,948/49 , offered also as pendants 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 16,007 / EUR  695. / export price EUR  660. (c. US$ 720.) + shipping

Hungarian or Bohemian Sheep. Belier d’Hongrie ou de Bohème. Iridescent deep brown, with turned horns, lying to the right, yet looking to the left. “The rakka Aegoceros ovis” (Th. 994). – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,950 / EUR  435. / export price EUR  413. (c. US$ 451.) + shipping

A Tame Pig, Sow. Porc. Two dappled ones of them before shed. The one breaking to the left, the other pleasantly prone to the right. Hind quarters along with ears dark and light brown resp., front quarters light grey, in-between white. – Th. 1024

Offer no. 15,951 / sold

Spanish Bull. / TAURUS Hispanicus. / Taureau d’Espagne.Th. 986

Ridinger, Spanish Bull

“A  fine  piebald

of  this  variety  much  preferred  by  the  Spaniards

for  their  fights , with  enormous  ruffle .”

“It yet follows … and these are the Spanish bulls, the illustration of which we owe to the kindness of Mr. Hamilton in Vienna (supposedly the imperial court painter Johann Georg de H., Brussels 1672 – Vienna 1737, nevertheless inscribed by Ridinger as “J. C.” de H.).

It  is  not  easy  to  find  a  more  splendid  growth .

These animals also run about freely in the woodlands and become onerous and dangerous for many a traveler when they position themselves in hollow and narrow paths. At certain times they are captured and then

the  well-known  and  famous  bull  fights

are held with them, in which the Spaniards hold a regular duel with these animals on horseback and on foot in honor of their mistresses, whereat quite many a one has lost his life” (preamble by Ridinger’s sons). – Isolated tiny spots in the white platefield. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,952 / EUR  1480. / export price EUR  1406. (c. US$ 1534.) + shipping

Herd Bull, Hage, House Bull. Taureau. Vigorously standing to the right. “Dark reddish brown, belonging to the Swiss Race” (Th. 985).

Offer no. 15,953 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 612.) + shipping

Muscovite Lappish Reindeer from the seaport Kola. Rangifer Russien Lapponien Rangier une Renne. Standing to the right. – Th. 1011

Offer no. 15,873 / sold

– – The same, female, standing to the left. Rangifer Russien Lapponien Rangier.Th. 1012

“ They both came aboard a Russian ship to Danzig where Baron v. Zorn observed them exactly, communicated his observations, and presumably also drawings of them, to Mr. Ridinger … ”

Offer no. 15,874 / sold

To further the staying together of above two Russian Lappish Reindeers 15,873/74 in their posturewise charming mutual relatedness , offered also as pendants 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 15,998 / sold

Reindeer. Le Rangier. With harness & bell around the neck, standing to the right. – Th. 1013

“ The Swedish reindeer … It is of one species with the previous. The color is darker, brownish black, the antlers larger, and the frame drawn more like a deer … ”

Offer no. 15,875 / sold

The Elk. Un Eland. “Male striding (to the left), female lying (to the right), brownish black” (Th. 1014).

Offer no. 15,876 / sold

African Elk. Elan d’Afrique nomé Couttou. Standing to the right. – “What Ridinger describes (in the preamble) as African elk, is … nothing but the Greater Kudu” (Th. 1002).

Offer no. 15,877 / EUR  570. / export price EUR  542. (c. US$ 591.) + shipping

Ridinger, Red Deer

The Red Deer. Cerf. 18-pointer recumbent to the left. “… tawny, above changing into rust-colored, below into dun. Looks quite good” (Th. 1005).

Offer no. 15,878 / EUR  630. / export price EUR  599. (c. US$ 653.) + shipping

White Spotted Stag. Le Cerf tacheté blanc. 16-pointer recumbent to the left. “Light ocher drawing into the grey, dun-shaded” (Th. 1007). – State with the modified caption after the removal of the reference to Jacob Theodor Klein’s Quadrupedum dispositio brevisque Historia Naturalis of 1751 as noted by Thienemann as missing “on some plates”, though present in his regular copy.

Offer no. 15,879 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 612.) + shipping

Stag Lighter or Yellowish. Cerf jaunâtre. Odd 18-pointer recumbent to the left. “… light ocher shaded darker, below and in front all over light grey” (Th. 1006).

Offer no. 15,880 / EUR  630. / export price EUR  599. (c. US$ 653.) + shipping

Deer, Hind. Biche. “Hind … Lying (to the right), brownish yellowish, below grey” (Th. 1008).

Offer no. 15,881 / EUR  530. / export price EUR  504. (c. US$ 550.) + shipping

African Deer from Guinea. Cerf Afrique. Brown shimmering, white spotted 6-pointer standing to the right. – Th. 1010. – Interesting sheet.

“ Thus the provider of the text to the new edition (from 1824/25, remained uncolored) considers him, just like the (following, American one), only as a variaty, climatic deviation of the red deer. That this one, which is done after a drawing by the famous Vienna court painter (Hamilton; supposedly Philipp Ferdinand, 1664 [?] – 1750, yet inscribed by Ridinger as “J. P. de Hamilton”) should not be, as already his quite deviating antlers show. However, I am not able to name the species to which it might belong to. ”

Offer no. 15,882 / EUR  670. / export price EUR  637. (c. US$ 695.) + shipping

Ridinger, American Deer

American Stag. Cerf Ameriquain. 12-pointer “All flighty … dark reddish brown, head and neck grey, the tail a strange stub, otherwise equaling the red deer. The drawing unfortunately just from the description of a traveler, therefore fantasy. By the way there are quite a number of kinds of deer in America, therefore also the name ‘American Deer’ is to be dismissed entirely.” (Th. 1009). Nevertheless – splendid sheet . – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,883 / EUR  745. / export price EUR  708. (c. US$ 772.) + shipping

To further the staying together of above six plates Deer 15,878-15,883 , offered also en-bloc (on application the African Deer might be excluded) 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 15,996 / EUR  3400. / export price EUR  3230. (c. US$ 3523.) + shipping

Ridinger, Springbok + Oryx-Antelope

African Chamois recte Antelope Gazelle. Bouc bezoardique. Standing to the right the one, resting to the left the other. – Th. 1001. – Painterly fine .

“ These  two  well-made  depictions  Ridinger has done from nature or well taxidermied specimen, but the names are wrong. The lying one is the Springbok (Antilope euchore. Forster), the standing one, however, the Oryx (Antilope oryx). ”

See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,889 / EUR  745. / export price EUR  708. (c. US$ 772.) + shipping

Guinean Little Buck, Little Deer. Chevreuil d’Afrique. Beneath high tree, lying to the right. – Th. 1003

“ Probably the common gazelle, yet probably also another one. Here, as with several following plates, it is to be regretted, that Ridinger wanted to realize the untenable principle and produce the animals in one scale. There many turned out too small, what does not look good, especially on the large plates. ”

From the point of view here finicky, without regard for the painterly pictorial effect if necessary always attained by scenery, illustrative here not least of just the “Little Buck”. A platework simply requires the uniform format and the connoisseur values its generous design and just for this dismisses the trimmed down, uncolored new edition of the 1820s, of which Thienemann (page 200) says many plates would look better now, yet has to admit that “also at the same time many tops of trees and shrubs, many decorations, indeed some animals had been taken away, too”. Indeed. One cannot have both at the same time. – Acid-freely backed fine trace of a tear of 4 cm within the left far part of the white paper margin 5.5 cm wide. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,890 / EUR  490. / export price EUR  466. (c. US$ 508.) + shipping

Musk Deer. Musc. Scenting standing to the right. – Th. 1004

“Ridinger says that he had received three illustrations which were in exact conformity with each other. The name Civette is utterly inadmissible.” The latter here corrected within the caption to Musc as unbeknownst to Th., that is MOSCHIFERVS. / Bisem-Thier. / Musc - / Familia II. Zweÿhufig.

Offer no. 15,891 / EUR  570. / export price EUR  542. (c. US$ 591.) + shipping

Porcupine, Hedgehog. / A Mole. Porc epic. / Mas. The former in irritated state, raising the spines, towards the zeitgeist. The latter as representation rare & wanted . – Th. 1051.

Offer no. 15,909 / EUR  490. / export price EUR  466. (c. US$ 508.) + shipping

White Fallow Deer. Daim blanc. Tame fallow deer with collar & bell crowned by splendid palms, in a park striding briskly to the left. – Th. 1018. – Marvelous sheet . – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,884 / EUR  690. / export price EUR  656. (c. US$ 716.) + shipping

Fallow Deer Spotted Grey. Daim tacheté gris. Recumbent to the left, but calling to the right. Light grey on white, antlers painterly fine. – Th. 1017. – Marvelous as before .

Offer no. 15,885 / EUR  690. / export price EUR  656. (c. US$ 716.) + shipping

Ridinger, Fallow Deer

Fallow Deer Spotted Red and Brown. Daim tacheté rouge et brun.Th. 1015. –  Painterly  fine .

To the right, grazing the foliage of a tree, it is the same to the left from Th. 212 as

his  “ loveliest sheet in the whole (Brockes) set ”

Ridinger, Speckled Fallow Deer
Speckled Fallow Deer (Th. 212)

of the Study of the Wild Animals

Offer no. 15,886 / EUR  645. / export price EUR  613. (c. US$ 669.) + shipping

Fallow Deer Female. La Daine. “Recumbent (to the right), dark brown, below light reddish brown passing into white, tame, with bell collar” (Th. 1019).

Offer no. 15,887 / EUR  490. / export price EUR  466. (c. US$ 508.) + shipping

Fallow Deer, Spotted. Daim tacheté. Striding briskly to the right, but stopping short, looking back. “Spots blackish-brown on whitish ground” (Th. 1016).

Offer no. 15,888 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 612.) + shipping

To further the staying together of above five plates Fallow Deer 15,884-15,888 , offered also en-bloc 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 15,997 / EUR  2795. / export price EUR  2655. (c. US$ 2896.) + shipping

Ridinger, Roe Buck

Roe Buck. Chevreuil. Dark colored in slight position ready to leap off to the left, but stopping short looking at the beholder. – Th. 1020. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,892 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 612.) + shipping

Roe or Doe. Chevrette. “Standing in the water (to the right), light ocher. The original drawing copied in our work (original edition) in aquatint manner” (Th. 1022). – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,893 / EUR  470. / export price EUR  447. (c. US$ 488.) + shipping

Spotted Roe Buck. Chevreuil tacheté. Yellowish brown with white spots recumbent to the left, looking at the beholder. – Th. 1021. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,894 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 612.) + shipping

To further the staying together of above three plates Roes 15,892-15,894 , offered also en-bloc 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 15,999 / EUR  1485. / export price EUR  1411. (c. US$ 1539.) + shipping

Chamois. Chamois. Grunting buck to the right. – Th. 1000.

Offer no. 15,895 / sold

Ridinger, Ibex

Ibex. Le Bouquetin. Majestically to the right. – Th. 999. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,896 / EUR  730. / export price EUR  694. (c. US$ 757.) + shipping

To further the staying together of above two Mountain Kings Chamois & Ibex 15,895/96 , offered also as pendants 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 16,000 / EUR  1220. / export price EUR  1159. (c. US$ 1264.) + shipping

A yet promised Asian Deer (odd Axis 8-pointer lying to the left above of) / Some Species of Foreign Sheep (Long-haired Icelandic Sheep with four horns / Camel or Angora Goat / Fat-tailed Sheep). Cerf asiatique promis / Brebis etrangeres. Small in the background before park gate two further ones of the latter, brushing the ground with their thick tails. – Th. 995

Thienemann  lists  the  dominant  rare  Axis  deer  only following no. 1000. – See the complete description.

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Wild Boar. Sanglier. “A furious boar in foreshortened position” to the right, but fuming to the left. – Th. 1023

Offer no. 15,898 / sold

Musk Boar. Porc d’Inde. The Indian Musk or Javelina Pig , as such nevertheless rejected by Thienemann: “Yet what this curiously cubed pig should mean I cannot discern by any means.” Before landscape scenery standing to the right. – Th. 1026. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,899 / EUR  530. / export price EUR  504. (c. US$ 550.) + shipping

Ridinger, Indian Pig

Indian Pig. Porc d’Inde. Vivaciously to the right, presenting its antlers-like tusks, for which the new edition names the pictorially charming plate Deer Boar. – Th. 1025

“ A quite ill-conceived illustration of this curious animal, both in shape and color. Ridinger knew, just as Klein, only the skeletonized head, and so one has formed the rest from one’s own imagination. Really true representations one got from Paris only in our time (1856). ”

See the complete description.

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Buffalo Ox, the Larger. Buffle. Great common buffalo with nose ring, looking to the left. “The position from dead behind not well-chosen” (Th. 990).

Offer no. 15,901 / EUR  535. / export price EUR  508. (c. US$ 554.) + shipping

Smaller Draft Buffalo. Buffle petit. Smaller species of the common buffalo with nose ring, standing to the left. – Th. 991

Offer no. 15,902 / EUR  535. / export price EUR  508. (c. US$ 554.) + shipping

Common Brown Hare. Lievre. “A nice picture, in fitting environs Master Hare sits in the midst with the head turned sideways (to the right)” (Th. 1043). – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,904 / EUR  430. / export price EUR  409. (c. US$ 446.) + shipping

Ridinger, White Hare

White Hare. Lievre blanc. Coming from undergrowth, scenting to the left. “White it is in the winter coat, otherwise it resembles the common one, and represents an own species which lives in the Alps” (Th. 1044). – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,905 / EUR  470. / export price EUR  447. (c. US$ 488.) + shipping

To further the staying together of above two Hares 15,904/05 , offered also as pendants (on application accordingly incorporated the following Cornuted Hare) 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 16,001 / EUR  810. / export price EUR  770. (c. US$ 840.) + shipping

Black-spotted Hare. With Horns. Lievre tacheté. cornu. Running to the right. – Th. 1045

DJM 5912 with illustration page 158 merely from the uncolored new edition of the 1820s. – “The cornigerous hare goes about like a ghost in our hunting literature since 1602. Quite nice, too, what Mr. Buffon knows to tell about: ‘Sometimes lawless nature brings forth against her practice cornigerous hens, hinds, and does, therefore supposedly also cornuted or deer hares … and Balbinus ascertains in Norway it were not entirely uncommon to see suchlike animals’ …” and in 1798 also the famous Electoral Hesse head forester von Wildungen has shown himself converted from his original disbelief. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,906 / EUR  535. / export price EUR  508. (c. US$ 554.) + shipping

Rabbit, Coney. Le Lapin. “A pretty group of five, quite different in size and color …” (Th. 1046).

Offer no. 15,907 / EUR  345. / export price EUR  328. (c. US$ 358.) + shipping

The Hedgehog. / Guinea Pig. / The Marmot. Herison. / Le petit cochon d’Inde. / Rat des Alpes.The animals again too small …Th. 1049 nags. – The former & the latter as representation rare & wanted .

Offer no. 15,908 / EUR  490. / export price EUR  466. (c. US$ 508.) + shipping

Ridinger, Bats (Detail)
Detail Bats Th. 1047

Dark Squirrel Ditto Light one / Flying Squirrel / Rats. Mice. / Bats. Ecuriel tan(n)e. Ecuriel brun rif. / Ecuriel volant. / Le Rat. Les Fouris. Also by the rich accessories a happy jumble. The two rats as black and brown Norway rat, of the house mouse even four mercurial ones. The  two  large-eared  bats  shown here top right in small, the one from front , the other from behind , dominate in the same position Th. 378 as the of old highly paid “Extremely rare” sheet XXXV of the Incidents set concluded 1779. They then also impart the present sheet its weight. – Th. 1047

Offer no. 15,911 / EUR  630. / export price EUR  599. (c. US$ 653.) + shipping

Eastern Chipmunk. Ecurieu raÿé. Cracking nuts beneath trees. – Th. 1048. – Really tiny faint brown spot at the far left white lateral margin. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,910 / EUR  345. / export price EUR  328. (c. US$ 358.) + shipping

Ferret. / Ermine. Le Furet. Armeline.Th. 1052. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,912 / EUR  445. / export price EUR  423. (c. US$ 461.) + shipping

Ridinger, Siberian Sable

Sable Siberian or Sarmatian Marten. / Egyptian Weasel. Matre Zibeline de Siberie. / Belette. One each of the species, the former front center, the latter “supposedly the mongoose, Herpestes mungo” (Th.). – Th. 1054

The sable “is the most like the pine marten among the relations of the species … The shining silken coat, which is regarded already of old as the most precious one among all the furs, costs the more the more unicolored it is … Most common it is presently still on Kamchatka where the almost inaccessible mountains provide refuge. In regard of its habits it is like our pine marten” (Meyer’s Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., XVI [1890], 948 f.). The present one of the preferred chestnut and darker color with relatively little white. – Tiny brown spot showing from the back within the shrubbery. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,913 / EUR  570. / export price EUR  542. (c. US$ 591.) + shipping

ordinary Wolf. / completely white Wolf. Loup ordinaire. / Loup blanc. Really painterly arranged “quite nice sheet on which we see above the entirely white wolf lying (to the right) and howling, below a regularly colored, emaciated one, standing (to the left)” (Th. 1062). – A little wax spot on the back showing through quite feebly above in the white plate field. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,921 / EUR  470. / export price EUR  447. (c. US$ 488.) + shipping

African Wolf. Hyéne d’Afriquè. The striped Hyena. “It has a skeleton before it and gnaws at a bone. That it is more ferocious than the wolf is not true. Being more cowardly, it mostly feeds on carrion” (Th. 1064). – Small faint trace of brown below the Y at the top edge inscription, otherwise enviably impeccable. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,922 / EUR  390. / export price EUR  371. (c. US$ 405.) + shipping

Ridinger, Foxes

Red Fox. / ordinary Fox. Renard roussatre. / Renard. Quite painterly arranged sheet. Above one standing to the right, yet barking to the left, below one half lying to the left. “Quite appealing. It has been said repeatedly before that the foxes designated here as different species belong to one species” (Th. 1063). – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,923 / EUR  530. / export price EUR  504. (c. US$ 550.) + shipping

Wildcat or Male Cat. Chat souvage. “Again a quite appealing sheet. The one cat eats a woodcock … the other is about to leap down and assist” (Th. 1069).

Offer no. 15,924 / EUR  490. / export price EUR  466. (c. US$ 508.) + shipping

Cat Lynx, Mountain or Stone Lynx. Loup cervier. “Below a strongly spotted bobcat, recumbent (to the left looking at the beholder), above a caracal … from Persia or Arabia lurking. It is then a quite well-made illustration … ” (Th. 1070). – Small weak spot accompanied by faint stain in the lower platemark as a precaution backed acid-freely. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,925 / EUR  535. / export price EUR  508. (c. US$ 554.) + shipping

Ridinger, Polar Bear

The White Spitsbergen Greenlandic Bear. L’ours blanc de Grœnland. “Standing, the jaws wide open. Why in the (N)ew (E)dition it is considered against Ridinger as just a white variety (‘The White Land Bear’) and not the Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) I do not know” (Th. 1082). – Fine sujet . – Hardly worth mentioning a faint tidemark in the lower white plate/paper field. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,926 / EUR  690. / export price EUR  656. (c. US$ 716.) + shipping

The Brown Bear. Ours petit roussatre. Sitting, looking at the beholder. “Now and then it shall occur in Switzerland in this quite peculiar (russet) color. Position like the Greenlandic Bear No. 527., only reduced” (Th. 1081). – In the lower white plate/paper field hardly perceptible tidemark.

Offer no. 15,927 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 612.) + shipping

The Great Black Bear. L’ours grand et noir. Tamed, with nose ring and head strap in slightly bent position to the right. – Th. 1079. – Faint tidemark in the lower white plate/paper field and two faint (little) brown spots in the white plate field right. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,928 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 612.) + shipping

The Great Brown Ant-eater. L’ours grand et brun des fournus. Looking out of the picture, it sits “before a herd of ants and licks the same off its paw” (Th. 1080). – Faint tidemark in the midst of the lower white plate/paper field and two narrow brown streaks below in the right white lateral margin.

Offer no. 15,929 / EUR  670. / export price EUR  637. (c. US$ 695.) + shipping

To further the staying together of above four plates Bears 15,926-15,929 , offered also en-bloc 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 16,002 / EUR  2285. / export price EUR  2171. (c. US$ 2368.) + shipping

Glutton. / Raccoon. Le Glouton. / Raton americain. In bright winter scenery standing on the left the wolverine / glutton / skunk bear of the family of the martens, scenting to the right, vis-à-vis sitting raccoon. – Th. 1083

“(The glutton) inhabits the North of the Old and the New World, previously it was found southerly up to the Alps, now (1890) only up to southern Norway and Finnmark; it prefers the bare heights of the mountains … is enormously strong and wild and in danger it offers resistance also to men … according to others (its name) origins (from the Swedish) Fjäl-Fräs and means rock cat.” – Once limited to North America and there once “largely repressed by chase” the raccoon of the family of the bears now since long a fellow member over here, too. – Quotations from Meyer’s Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., XVI, 196 f. and 406 resp. – Faint tidemark left/center of the lower white plate/paper field. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,930 / EUR  470. / export price EUR  447. (c. US$ 488.) + shipping

Bactrian Camel. Chameau Bactrien. IN AUGSBURG DRAWN FROM LIFE . AND HIS DRIVER RESCUED FROM HIS MURDEROUS VIOLENCE ! Dark-colored two-humped one with halter, standing to the left. – Th. 1034. – Two little brown spots in the 5 cm wide white lower margin left, isolated tiny spots in the white plate field.

Offer no. 16,024 / sold

Brown Camel with one Hump. Dromadaire bai avec une seule bosse. With halter standing to the right. – Th. 1036

Offer no. 15,955 / sold

White Camel. Dromadaire blanc. One-humped, lying to the right. – Th. 1037

Offer no. 15,956 / sold

Dromedary with Two Humps. Dromadaire avec deux bosses. Light ocher colored, about to lie down to the left. – Th. 1035. – Instructive sheet . – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,957 / EUR  1100. / export price EUR  1045. (c. US$ 1140.) + shipping

Who , however , wants  more  of  the  excellent  humped  ones  gathered  around , for  him are in store here also the master’s same-sized and

from  time  immemorial  very  rare  Six  Plates  Camels

Th. 529-534 in black & white , which to get possession of had the current Ridinger collection dig deep into its pockets in the mid-90s by acquisition of one of the two Pompadour albums here of Baron von Gutmann’s (Schwarz) legendary Marjoribanks Folios to finally close this decades-long nagging gap.

Offer no. 16,026 / EUR  5400. / export price EUR  5130. (c. US$ 5596.) + shipping

Camel Deer. Chameau=Cerf. Guanaco standing to the left. – Th. 1038

“A well-done representation of this American animal rarely to be seen over here … a llama which is found in freedom from times immemorial” (Th.), “has been reduced considerably due to hunting” (Meyer’s Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., X [1889], 420/I). – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,903 / EUR  630. / export price EUR  599. (c. US$ 653.) + shipping

Ridinger, Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus, River Horse, Water Ox. Cheval marin.Th. 1029. – At the upper left white stitching margin some small brown spots.

“ It is worked after a drawing … It  is  not  an  entirely  well-made  illustration  of the animal extremely rare over here, exact ones we have only received most recently (mid 19th century), but by no means it has to be called utterly failed. The head is too large, the coloring to vivid etc.,  but  for  that  time  it  is  good  enough . ”

See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,960 / EUR  1100. / export price EUR  1045. (c. US$ 1140.) + shipping

The Cow. La Vache. Red dapple with bell standing to the right. – Th. 988

Offer no. 15,958 / EUR  290. / export price EUR  276. (c. US$ 301.) + shipping

Ox. Boeuf. Off-white draft bull lying to the right. – Th. 987. – Small brown spot in the 5 cm wide white lower margin left.

Offer no. 15,959 / EUR  345. / export price EUR  328. (c. US$ 358.) + shipping

niemeyer’s — for  the  plenitude  of  ridingeriana

The  Animal  Kingdom  Represented  from  Original  Drawings  2nd Part … Les Animaux representés suivant des Dessins Originels.

Ridinger, Colored Animal Kingdom Part 2

“Splendidly  indeed  God  shows  in  all  His  works …”

“The title sheet engraved in copper, reddish-brown … ” (Th. 1033). – In the white margin minimally to a bit more tidemarked.

Offer no. 15,961 / EUR  345. / export price EUR  328. (c. US$ 358.) + shipping

The Polecat. / The Marten. Furet. / Mart. At an ambience of boulders overgrown with shrubbery the former plundering a duck’s nest with three old ones taking to their wings, the latter posing with a bird in the mouth. – Th. 1053

Offer no. 15,962 / EUR  490. / export price EUR  466. (c. US$ 508.) + shipping

Hound Badger. / Hog Badger. Thaison canin. / Thaison de pore (sic!). “There are two badgers of one species (there are no more in our parts), the one creeping up, the other blubbering at him” (Th. 1067). In scrubby hill landscape before a badger’s earth. – Various (quite) faint tiny fox spots in the white text/plate field.

Offer no. 15,963 / EUR  530. / export price EUR  504. (c. US$ 550.) + shipping

AI BRASILIENCIA et MEXICAA Monkey with 3 Claws. / The Slow or lazy little Monkey. Singe avez trois Ongles. Singe paresseux ou tardif. Both times the sloth . For once sitting chained to a block the Pale-Throated Sloth, behind this on a palm the Unau looking down to it. Before the block pumpkins. – Th. 1039. – Acid-freely backed 2-cm tear in the white margin upper left and outside the subject partially mostly just faintly age spotted. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,964 / EUR  290. / export price EUR  276. (c. US$ 301.) + shipping

Ant Eater / Guaku and Miri. Tamanoir. “Supposedly among these quite queer names the Capian Aardvark … but this species one has transformed into two … and both worked from imagination, at discretion. Such animals are nowhere” (Th. 1041), related, however, to the Anteater. – In the white paper margin partially faintly stained and a little spot carefully acidfreely backed far left. – Very painterly . – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,965 / EUR  435. / export price EUR  413. (c. US$ 451.) + shipping

Ridinger, Ant Eater

Ant Eater = / particular Scaly Animal =. Fourmiller = / Quogelo =. “Long-tailed pangolin … colored verdigris-green, like a lizard, should appear brown, colored like fir-cones. The illustration of the Giant Anteater … quite well-made” (Th. 1040 with deviating designation). – Isolated faint (little) stains in the white plate/paper field and far left of the latter a little weak spot carefully acidfreely backed. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 16,021 / EUR  530. / export price EUR  504. (c. US$ 550.) + shipping

To further the staying together of both the above Ant Eaters 15,965 & 16,021 , offered also as pendants 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 16,022 / EUR  870. / export price EUR  827. (c. US$ 902.) + shipping

Shield Piglet or Armor Animal. Cochon écaillé ou cuirassé. “Which Armadillo a) shall depict I am unable to determine, b) is the Brazilian three-banded armadillo” (Th. 1042; endemic to the northeast of Brazil and rarest species of armadillos). – Some small brown stains/spots almost only in the left white paper margin. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 16,138 / EUR  430. / export price EUR  409. (c. US$ 446.) + shipping

The Marsupial =. Sarige, Carigueia Americain. “It is the white-headed Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana), illustrated not bad at all with two young ones” (Th. 1050). Big front right, resting. A moving further one (of another species?) on the left separately. – Some also somewhat larger brown spots in the white text field.

Offer no. 15,968 / EUR  345. / export price EUR  328. (c. US$ 358.) + shipping

Genet Cat. / COATI, GENITTA HISPANICA. Le Chat d’Espagne. Famous for its fur, attentively on flat rise before shrubbery to the left. “The name Coati is not due to it, also it should not be called cat, for it … has nothing (so not correct, as viverrid it belongs to the feliforms) in common with the cat” (Th. 1065). – A few also somewhat larger brown spots in the white text field. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 16,019 / EUR  490. / export price EUR  466. (c. US$ 508.) + shipping

Civet Cat. La Civette. In charming light ambience, sneaking to the left. – Th. 1066. – Some brown spots in the white text/plate field. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 16,018 / EUR  435. / export price EUR  413. (c. US$ 451.) + shipping

To further the staying together of both the above viverrids 16,018 & 16,019 , offered also as pendants 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 16,020 / EUR  830. / export price EUR  789. (c. US$ 861.) + shipping

House Cat. Le Chat. “It origins from Egypt and not at all from our wildcat … In a kitchen resting on a chopping block. In front of it two young ones play, which, however, turned out far too square” (Th. 1068). – 1.5-cm tear in the right white far margin, in the wider left one faint little brown stain and some spots. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,971 / EUR  345. / export price EUR  328. (c. US$ 358.) + shipping

“ With  respect ( to the following ) beasts  there is a frequent contradiction with the writers themselves and quite often they have confused with each other the leopard, the panther animal and the tiger. In recent time many such animals have been brought to Europe indeed … However, since for our part we do not dare to decide due to a lack of sufficient and convincing first-hand experience, we have presented this species of animals here just as we have seen it from time to time … Thus we have tried to make it as well as was possible for us and feel compelled to ask for forbearance if we should not have fully satisfied all expectations ” ( the  Ridingers  in  the  preamble ).

 

A couple Panther Animals. Pantheres. “A light-colored and a rust-reddish one are about to attack each other. The bone of contention is a bird which lies murdered between the two. The representation well-made” (Th. 1071). – Faint tidemark on the back showing through quite minimally in the lower white text/paper field.

Offer no. 15,975 / EUR  570. / export price EUR  542. (c. US$ 591.) + shipping

Ridinger, Bengal Tiger

A Leopard. Leopard. Recte Bengal or Indian tiger. “This is the Bengal tiger with stripes. It sits somewhat huddled (to the left) and the strong beard mars it a bit, otherwise recognizable” (Th. 1074). – Faint tidemark on the back along with little discoloration stains faintly showing through in the lower text/paper field. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 16,126 / EUR  870. / export price EUR  827. (c. US$ 902.) + shipping

A Tiger. Tigre. “… the ground light rust-colored, thus far from being a true tiger … and I rather suppose it to be a young Panther” (Th. 1073). Chained in front of its house, noticing something on the ground. – Two little tears in the white paper margin upper left backed acid-freely, isolated spots outside the picture, two smoothed fold traces in the left lower plate/paper field.

Offer no. 15,972 / EUR  535. / export price EUR  508. (c. US$ 554.) + shipping

Dark Tiger. Tigre d’une couleur tombre. “It also seems to be a Panther, only darker … A tiger is out of the question here. A fine male , lying felinely , with collar” (Th. 1072). – Faint tidemark in the lower third of the back showing through minimally only and only in the white text/paper field. Paper edge top and lower left slightly age-smudged, dog’s ear upper right.

Offer no. 15,973 / EUR  535. / export price EUR  508. (c. US$ 554.) + shipping

Whitisch Tiger. Tigre blanchatre. “It is the American Lion, or the Cougar (Puma). Klein calls it the American Tiger. It leaps up at a boulder and we see it furiously from behind” (Th. 1075). – Quite faint tidemark on the back quite minimally showing through in the lower white text/paper field.

Furiously leaping up at a boulder, the position of the beast is quite related to Th. 718, the “lioness assailed at her young ones by bear” as plate 3 of the sociopolitically highly charged first four plates of the already 1856 for Thienemann rare 8-sheet SET OF THE BIG FIVE , the Fights of Killing Animals. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,974 / EUR  535. / export price EUR  508. (c. US$ 554.) + shipping

SET OF THE BIG FIVE

Ridinger, Fights of Killing Animals
Fights of Killing Animals (Th. 716-723)

not  published  through  three  decades

In  which  by  plates  1-4  Ridinger & Brockes  keep  up  with  their  boldness  and  in  anticipation  of  the  epoch  of  the  Storm & Stress  take  per  most  artfully  wrapped  wrapping  an  imaginably  aggresssive  intellectual & sociopolitical  pre-1789  credo. Comparable for instance with Vredeman de Vries’ etching The Massacre of the Roman Triumvirat as an allusion to the “unjust and arrogant conduct of the Duke of Alba” in the Southern Netherlands. “The political explosiveness of the sheet explains why in the first state Vredeman is not quoted as designer” (Thomas Fusenig in the Brake/Antwerp exhibition catalog Hans Vredeman de Vries und die Renaissance im Norden, Munich 2002, cat. no. 123, page 286).

Ridinger, A Lion of Light Color
A Lion of Light Color (Th. 1076)
Ridinger, Lion, standing on Killed Wild Boar
Sketch to Th. 1076 (Offer no. 15,611)

A Lion of Light Color. Un Lion d’une couleur claire.Th. 1076

“ A  fine  male  of  the  common  lion

stands  majestically  on  a  killed  wild  boar. ”

Lower 9 cm on the back with partial faint, reddishly discolored tidemark, showing through to the front only slightly obtrusively in the text/paper field. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,987 / EUR  1300. / export price EUR  1235. (c. US$ 1347.) + shipping

Two Sketches – on both sides of 1 sheet – of the aforementioned Lion 15,987 in reverse

from  a  sketchbook  the  master  presented  to  a  friend

on  Christmas  Eve  1766 .

Black chalk. 4⅞ × 6½ and 4⅜ × 5¾ in (125 × 165 and 110 × 145 mm) resp. Sheet size 8⅜ × 9¾ in (212 × 249 mm). – 1979 singularized by inconsiderate dealer’s hand of otherwise first address, research here led through 1976 and magnificent provenances of 1895 & 1869 back to the master himself.

Offer no. 15,611 / EUR  2300. / export price EUR  2185. (c. US$ 2383.) + shipping

To further the bringing together of above two cimelies 15,987 & 15,611 , offered also as Spoiling Offer well about 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 16,013 / EUR  3200. / export price EUR  3040. (c. US$ 3316.) + shipping

Ridinger, Lioness

A Lioness. Une Lione. “She lies and has the full attention turned to an object moving before her. Quite light yellow ocher” (Th. 1078). – Lower 9 cm on the back with partial quite faint tidemark showing through to the front barely obtrusively in the text/paper field. In the left lateral margin tear extending up to the subject/platemark, at the left lower paper margin besides dog-eared on 7.5 cm, both backed acid-freely. – Wonderfully  sympathetic  sujet . – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,988 / EUR  1250. / export price EUR  1188. (c. US$ 1296.) + shipping

A Lion of Darker Kind. Un Lion, d’une Couleur brune. “Mane dark, fox brown. Old male” (Th. 1077). Lying to the right, but looking intently to the left outside the picture. – Lower 9 cm on the back with partial quite faint tidemark showing through to the front in the text/paper field. – “In Syria in particular even utterly black lions are said to be found” (from the preamble of Ridinger’s sons). – Majestic . – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,989 / EUR  1250. / export price EUR  1188. (c. US$ 1296.) + shipping

To further the staying together of above three Lion plates 15,987-15,989 , offered also en bloc well about 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 16,014 / EUR  3400. / export price EUR  3230. (c. US$ 3523.) + shipping

And  16,014  with  additionally  above  Sketch  Item  15,611  to Th. 1076 at only

Offer no. 16,015 / EUR  5180. / export price EUR  4921. (c. US$ 5368.) + shipping

Yet  who’s  drawn  strong  as  a  lion  to  more  of  his  kind , he is expected here yet by the master’s

Six  Plates  of  the  Majestic  in  His  Freedom

Th. 517-522 in black & white as the main set , thus without the two dressage appendixes 523/24

Offer no. 12,350 / EUR  2454. / export price EUR  2331. (c. US$ 2543.) + shipping

or apart from this The Lion lying in Ambush for Attack , Th. 520 at

Offer no. 15,015 / EUR  365. / export price EUR  347. (c. US$ 379.) + shipping

Follows the Master’s Famous

International Gallery of Monkeys

1. Gibon , Monkey going errected … or called Wood Man. / 2. Coaita … the especially long tailed black Sapajous … / 3. Along with another small Species of Guenon. Gibbon ou l’homme sauvage / Signe araignée genant, avec une petite guenon.Th. 1084. – Lower text/paper field partially with tidemark showing through from the back slightly more distinctly only below the caption as also a trifle thin in the paper.

“ Unfortunately much has to be corrected here. 1. is much to manlike and a product of imagination, which represents neither the orang-outang nor the gibbon. / 2. is a Spider Monkey … which swings on a rope, but was omitted completely in the new edition (from 1824/25). / 3. is indeed a prosimian, Lemur, and may well be the Mongoose Lemur or the Ring Eye. ”

Offer no. 15,977 / EUR  730. / export price EUR  694. (c. US$ 757.) + shipping

Ridinger, Common Monkey (Gibraltar)

Common Monkey. Singe. “The only monkey which is to be found wild in Europe (Gibraltar)” (Th. 1085). On a boulder to the right with loosely drooping neck leash. – Severe water stain in the lower 11 cm of the back showing through on the front only as uniform faint browning of the text field, more distinctive only below of the same.

Offer no. 15,978 / EUR  630. / export price EUR  599. (c. US$ 653.) + shipping

Ridinger, Mandrill

Wood Devil. Le Satyre. “Is a well-made illustration of Cynocephalus Mormon. The Mandrill is the same monkey young” (Th. 1086). – Severe water stain in the lower 11 cm of the back showing through on the front only as relatively faint browning of the text field, more distinctive only below of the same.

Offer no. 15,979 / EUR  630. / export price EUR  599. (c. US$ 653.) + shipping

A Masked Monkey from Guinea. Singe masque de Guinée. “It is the Cynocephalus of the old, now called Grey Baboon … old” (Th. 1087). Walking to the right, looking at the beholder. – Severe waterstain in the lower 11 cm of the back showing through on the front only as relatively faint browning of the text field, more distinctive only above and below of the platemark.

Offer no. 15,980 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 612.) + shipping

Lion Guenon, Man Tiger. Marmot qui a le Tete d’un Lion. “Is nothing but a young one of the previous species (Grey Baboon), somewhat emaciated” (Th. 1088). Sitting easily against a boulder, keeping the beholder in sight. – Severe waterstain in the lower 11 cm of the back showing through on the front only as faint browning of the text field, more distinctive only above and below of the platemark.

Offer no. 15,981 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 612.) + shipping

A Bearded Monkey. / A Bearded Guenon. Singe barbu. / Le Marmot barbu. Sitting on and beside a boulder resp., both keeping the beholder in sight. – Faint partial water stain in the lower 9 cm of the back perceptible on the front practically only below the platemark in the white paper margin of 5 cm as smaller stain and a bit thin in the paper. – Th. 1089. – Very painterly .

Offer no. 15,982 / EUR  745. / export price EUR  708. (c. US$ 772.) + shipping

To further the staying together of above six plates Monkeys 15,977-15,982 , offered also en-bloc well about 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 16,010 / EUR  3500. / export price EUR  3325. (c. US$ 3627.) + shipping

Greenish Monkey. / Yellowish ditto. Le Marmot Verd. “Belong both to one species, called the vervet monkey” (Th. 1090). The former, chained to a ball, dignified in its appearance, the latter sprightly, as if looking for advice, opposite to it. – Moderate partial water stain in the lower 9 cm of the back perceptible on the front only little in the text field, a little more distinctive below the platemark in the white paper margin of 5 cm. – Charming sujet .

Offer no. 15,983 / EUR  690. / export price EUR  656. (c. US$ 716.) + shipping

Great Bearded Guenon with Small One. Le Marmot grand barbu avec ses petits. “… uncertain to which species it shall belong to … Ridinger describes them as old and young. In some copies I find the face of the supposed young one black, yet in others – so here, too – flesh pinkish. In correspondence to the latter it might be Cercopith. cynomolgus” (Th. 1091). – Both regaling themselves with grapes and apples (?), yet vigilant of the beholder. The small one chained to ball. – Faint/moderate partial water stain in the lower 9 cm on the back perceptible on the front practically only below the platemark in the white paper margin of 5 cm as stain of 3.5 x 4 cm. – Painterly sujet .

Offer no. 15,984 / EUR  745. / export price EUR  708. (c. US$ 772.) + shipping

Tiniest Guenon. Marmot Sagouin.Th. 1092. – Water stain in the lower 10 cm of the back perceptible on the front only as evenly faint browning of the text field and a little more distinctive partially below the platemark in the white paper margin of 5 cm, besides a little thin in the paper there.

“ Two tiny little animals of the species, the one sitting in front of a little hamper, its home, and attached to a metal ball; the other, however, sits in a kind of wattled bell cage, clings with its four hands to the bars and looks at us curiously. Otherwise not very true to nature. ”

Offer no. 15,985 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 612.) + shipping

Ridinger, Dwarf Lemur

Ring-tailed Lemur. / Really Small Guenon. Le Marmot avec la Tete de renard. / Marmot petit. “a) The Dwarf Lemur is colored flesh pinkish, rather should be ashen” (Th. 1093). – Moderate partial water stain in the lower 9 cm on the back perceptible on the front a little only in the text field, a little more distinctive below the platemark in the white paper margin of 5 cm, besides a minimal thinness in the paper there. At the lateral far paper edges a few faint little brown stains/spots. – Charming sujet .

Offer no. 15,986 / EUR  690. / export price EUR  656. (c. US$ 716.) + shipping

To further the staying together of above four plates Guenons 15,983-15,986 , offered also en-bloc well about 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 16,011 / EUR  2400. / export price EUR  2280. (c. US$ 2487.) + shipping

To additionally further the staying together of above six plates Monkeys & four plates Guenons 15,977-15,986 , offered also en-bloc once more favorably per

Offer no. 16,012 / EUR  5600. / export price EUR  5320. (c. US$ 5803.) + shipping

Yet  whom  “ Monkeys … have  fascinated  at  all  times ” , so Wolfgang Stechow on occasion of the elder Pieter Bruegel , he is expected here yet even by the master’s

Ten Plates Monkeys or Animals yet related to them

(indeed ditto the guenons) of the same size & partially adding to each other Th. 541-550 in black & white. As completely as apart just as rare as the Animal Kingdom. So in the mid-90s that Ridinger collector assoluta acquired these, too, only and solely by purchasing here just this one of the two Pompadour-Marjoribanks Folios of Gutmann provenance. Voilà , you can have it easier!

Offer no. 28,937 / EUR  4700. / export price EUR  4465. (c. US$ 4870.) + shipping

Rhino “Clara” — Colored

260 Years ago by Ridinger

AS  FIRST  SCIENTIFIC  REPRESENTATION

OF  THE  RHINOCEROS

( Oudry’s Famous Three-Meter-Oil at Schwerin followed One Year later only )

“ Drawn from Life ”

Ridinger, Rhinoceros (leaping)
Nasehorn. Rinocerot. (Th. 1027)

Depicted the rare Indian one-horned rhinoceros

“ Maid Clara ”

(Rhinoceros indicus Cuv. / R. unicornis L.), which Douwe Mout van der Me(e)r, master of the Knapenhoff of the East India Company, had brought from Asia to Holland in 1741 and shown in Europe until her death in 1758 (so Morét in Catalog Darmstadt; Rieke-Müller in [The XVIIIth Cent.] “About 1741/48”). In the course of which

“ as a skilful showman he published fair flyers and engravings with descriptions (‘about 1745 he probably was the first who had his name been mentioned on engravings of the rhinoceros ‘Maid Clara’ by which he deliberately stepped out of anonymity’, Rieke-Müller) … Interestingly enough that for the greater part of these graphic depictions of the rhinoceros worked in the 1740s one orientated oneself by Dürer’s famous woodcut of a rhinoceros of 1515 (Hollstein, ill., & Meder 273; Catalog Darmstadt p. 24 with ill.). This is not surprising in that Dürer’s depiction was copied again and again in the zoological works up to the 18th century and therefore had a lasting effect on the idea of the animal’s appearance.

By  his  rhinoceros  Ridinger  now  countered  the  one  by  Dürer

by a rendering of greater natural truth drawn from life and adequate to the scientific standards of his time ” (Morét)

after  he  had  “seen  her  alive … at  Augsburg”

Ridinger, Rhinoceros (lying)
Naßhorn. Rhinocerot. (Th. 1028)

at  her  presentation  May/June 1748

“ when  I  drew  her  in  (6)  different  positions  from  life ,

in the height I found her 5½. in the length 11½. feet, of color she was dark brown below at the trunk at the breast and in the depth of the folds superimposed upon each other she is broken reddish …” to add her, standing to the left, hot off the press to his Representation of the Most Wondrous Deer as well as Other Particular Animals published in numbers as first scientific portrayal of the rhinoceros and therefore a milestone of zoological knowledge (Th. 295; cf. nos. 50-55 of the Ridinger appendix of the catalog of the bequeathed drawings of 1869). But  for  now  just  in  black & white !

By which the matter would not have to rest, when from 1754 on his Colored Animal Kingdom was published, in which he now

published  two  of  his  further  Clara  drawings  for  the  first  time .

And  now  in  color !

Present Clara, leaping, and Clara sprawled to the left. The latter contrary to the original as severely criticized by Thienemann with second horn added by the master’s sons. In line with its scientific rank,

Ridinger’s  rhinoceros

is  in  all  her  varieties  thematically  as  artistically

a  highly  sought-after  collector’s  item .

So the preparatory drawing intended for the transfer to the plate for the b&w sheet Th. 295 (Weigel 54) rocketed during its sale at Sotheby’s, London, 1991 from estimated 2-3,000 £ to 20,000 £ for the Ratjen Collection, Vaduz (acquired by The National Gallery of Art Washington in 2007). It originated from the 95-sheet drawing corpus of the Ridinger collection Counts Faber-Castell, which in their sale 1958 was paid for as a whole, including two further rhinoceros drawings (!), at 7800 (!) German marks. And still more recently in a German sale a copy of the b&w print Th. 295 was bid, doubling the estimate, to a final price of well 1850 euro!

Appropriately spectacular (“Spectacles must be”, Maria Theresa, “half resigning”) at that time the presentation of “Maid Clara” at Augsburg, which latter at the same time was paid reverence to as metropolis :

“ ‘Strange’ animals had … a special cultural value beyond the courtly life, too, if they contributed to the increase of the attraction of a metropolis like Vienna and the amusement of its citizens … ‘All diversions which delight the senses in an innocent manner … belong to the comforts and advantages of big cities, making the stay pleasant for both residents and strangers’, it is said in a legal treatise ”

(Annelore Rieke-Müller in “‘a Guy with Wild Animals’ – On the Social Position and the Self-conception of Animal Leaders in the 18th Century” in The XVIIIth Century, as above, wherein R.-M. also calls attention to the competition of such urban events towards the courts, just as then the French court would have acquired “Maid Clara” only too gladly for its menagerie at Versailles, yet had to forgo due to the great costs for such exotic animals, 100,000 ecus for the same, 2000 guilders for an elephant in 1690.

Appropriately the 2-months show then was one of the really big local events for Augsburg. For according to Rieke-Müller “CLARA” was

the  one  and  only  rhinoceros  of  the  18th  century

on  the  European  continent !

Portrayed  and  adequately  available  here  then  as

THE  SPLENDID  SHEETS

IN  ALMOST , INDEED , VIRTUALLY  DEWY  CONDITION .

“ It is a quite well-made representation, leaping , and excellently colored . It is a pity it is so little known and used for scientific works ” (Thienemann 1856).

The aspect of an “increasingly natural history curiosity” becoming in vogue claimed by R.-M. for the 2nd half of the century and proven per 1775 ff. Ridinger had incidentally anticipated – as just another example – already 1744 per title to his Fable set.

Rhinoceros. Rhinocerot. Asiatic Rhinoceros. Before reed and tree scenery leaping to the right. – Th. 1027. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,869 / EUR  1300. / export price EUR  1235. (c. US$ 1347.) + shipping

Rhinoceros. Rhinocerot. Ditto sprawled to the left. – Th. 1028. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,870 / EUR  1100. / export price EUR  1045. (c. US$ 1140.) + shipping

To further the staying together of above two Clara Rhinocerosses 15,869/70 , offered also as pendants 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 16,009 / EUR  2160. / export price EUR  2052. (c. US$ 2238.) + shipping

“ Biggest Mammal

of the European Continent ”

Ridinger, Wisent

“ … the European Wisent

… made from a living specimen ”

Aurochs (recte Bison/Buffalo). Vre. Vigorously laterally to the left, aiming at the beholder. – Th. 989. – Isolated faint brown spots not worth mentioning at the very top in the white plate/paper field.

“ Since the 17th century it was confused with the aurochs, which frequently occurred beside it, but became extincted much earlier.

Already  Caesar  describes  the  hunt  for  the  W.  as  very  glorious ,

and that it remained in the middle ages, too. In 1860 the emperor of Russia arranged a hunt (on the bison as at that time a rarity long since), on which 15 beasts were killed ”

(Meyer’s Convers.-Lex., 4th ed., XVI, 693 and correspondingly already II, 48).

Offer no. 15,872 / sold

niemeyer’s — for  the  diversity  of  ridingeriana

Lap Dogs, or Truffle Hound. Bichous. Four of them. “Neither shape nor color represent the true pug. With one of the Bolognese the tail does not look good. The lion dog is utterly wrong” (Th. 1061). – Faint little brown spot visible outside the scenery in the white plate field.

Offer no. 15,914 / sold

Grey and Dachs Hounds. Levriers. “A wire-haired and flat-coated greyhound, a light and dark dachshund, each two coupled, look quite good” (Th. 1059). – Isolated tiny/little brown spots in the white plate field.

Offer no. 15,915 / sold

Hunting or Tracking Hound. Un limier. Chained, lying in front of his doghouse, looking at the beholder. – Th. 1057

Offer no. 15,916 / sold

Par Forcè Hounds. Chiens de Chasse par forcè. Four of them in various positions and colors, nicely arranged. – Th. 1058. – Somewhat larger brown spot in the upper left white lateral margin.

Offer no. 15,917 / sold

Water Hounds, Pomeranian and Poodle Hounds. Barbets. “A large and a small poodle (without similarity to the present ones, whose ancestors were just working dogs for the hunt, particularly the water fowl hunt), a real Pomeranian and an otterhound (Th. 1060). – Quite faint smaller brown spot in the upper left lateral margin.

Offer no. 15,918 / sold

An English Mastiff and Bear-biter. Doque d’Angleterre. Two of the proverbial Molossians of Hellenic origin. The latter with collar, giving mouth standing to the right, the former vigorously self-assured, bare of any appendage, recumbent to the left. – Th. 1055

Offer no. 15,919 / sold

Boar Dogs / Peasant Dog / Great Dane. Chiens de Chasse des Sangliers. One each, the former two of which with collar, standing and scenting sharply to the left, in-between the Dane, lying. CANES PORCARII / Chiens de Chasse des Sangliers. – Th. 1056 & appendix page 298.

Initially, Thienemann “had not set eyes on” present first edition of this especially rare plate of three four-legged boar hunters, Latin , German , French .

Offer no. 15,920 / sold

“ Seven  plates  of  this  work  are  dedicated  to  the  dog , and this true, obedient, and for mankind quite indispensable animal depicted in its chief varieties. As  mostly  well-made  the  illustrations  are  to  be  received  gratefully .”

Thus Thienemann at their opening per 1055. To further their staying together – above 15,914-15,920 – offered also en-bloc well about 10% more favorably per

Offer no. 15,995 / sold

If  Beethoven’s  Ruins of Athens are absolutely the yolk may be left undecided.  Doubtless  ruins , however , the now following sheets of the Animal Kingdom offer, on which the predator time has regaled. Nevertheless: where we draw pleasant satifaction from the coloring, there the white margins decidedly met the gustatory nerve of that art contemner, remained the pictures themselves still tolerable. But read , decide yourself .

 

Beaver. Castor. “It grazes and holds its scaly tail into the water” (Th. 1095).

One of the four sheets of the set printed in green and additionally colored. – Text field & white lower margin relatively faintly, on the back more, waterstained. Fine trace of a 4 cm tear at the lower platemark backed acid-freely. The pictorial effect still almost flawless, particularly matted as being delivered. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,931 / EUR  195. (c. US$ 213.) + shipping

Otter. Loutre. With catched fish, the head of which already lying aside. – Th. 1094

As the one before – “both quite appealing sheets” (Th.) – one of the four sheets of the set printed in green and additionally colored. – Down from the lower text field mould stained/traced, on the right trimmed to platemark. The pictorial effect still almost flawless, particularly matted as being delivered. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,932 / EUR  98. (c. US$ 107.) + shipping

Ridinger, Walrus

Walrus. Cheval Marin. Lying to the left on the beach, showing two yard long tusks. “If the animal really looked like this, it were indeed no beauty. However, it is worked from a specimen distorted by stuffing and therefore wrong” (Th. 1096). – The severe water stain of up to 13 cm on the lower back strongly penetrating the text and particularly the paper field of 5 cm, in consequence the latter also with fissure damage. On 3 x 5 cm faintly water stained besides the white plate/paper field top right and the upper far edge. After covering of the essential damage at the lower margin by passe-partout, as being delivered, pictorially still quite proper.

Offer no. 15,990 / EUR  98. (c. US$ 107.) + shipping

A Sea Calf. Veau Marin. “Is a well-made illustration worked from nature” (Th. 1099) of the monk seal. This lying ashore to the right. At the open sea on the left three one and two-masted boats resp. – Severe water stain of 13 cm on the left of the back penetrating the front quite fully, left upper corner partly up to the platemark fissured with losses. Further margin tears and partial loss of also the right lower corner, but outside of the still complete inscription. The picture itself including the caption yet ultimately still utterly unimpaired and by passe-partout, as being delivered, quite presentable.

Offer no. 15,991 / EUR  98. (c. US$ 107.) + shipping

Ridinger, Harbor Seal

Harbor Seal. Veau Marin. “The common seal from an illustration of Klein’s is depicted well , once completely from the side, then the head from front in the water” (Th. 1098). – Waterstains on the back of below 11, upper left laterally 5 cm strongly penetrating on the front chiefly the text and, as far as still present, paper field. Sharp dog’s ear upper right, faint small brown spot in the paper margin upper left, far top edge feebly tidemarked. The pictorial effect of the decidedly charming motif largely presentable by passe-partout as being delivered.

Offer no. 15,992 / EUR  98. (c. US$ 107.) + shipping

Sea Lion =. Lion Marin =. Two animals on the beach to the left, the smaller one in front looking at the beholder. Right in front a shell. – Th. 1097

“ This  illustration  has  been  kindly  communicated

from  London  by  a  good  friend. ”

“The larger figure is the distorted Hooded Seal or the Elephant Seal … the male, from Anson in his voyage (1740/44) around the world (first edition London 1748). The smaller one supposedly is the female, colored (here rust red) wrongly”. – The severe waterstainedness on the back more or less perceptible on the front only by slightly larger scattered mould stains, but on the left marginal loss into the lower lower margin right up to the edge of the picture. Besides tears in the otherwise largely preserved lower margin. Right far edge with faint tidemark. The caption completely preserved up to the inscription and aforementioned beautiful final line. By passe-partout, as being delivered, still quite presentable.

Offer no. 15,993 / EUR  70. (c. US$ 76.) + shipping

(A Crocodile with the Comb Back. Le Crocodile.) Lying to the right. “With opened jaws, not bad” (Th. 1100). – Absolute torso due to loss of the text field still close into the subject. Large corner/margin tear off also upper right along with adjacent faint waterstainedness of 4.5 x 9 cm. The plain picture, instructive and charming, almost intact and by passe-partout, as being delivered, ultimately still satisfactorily presentable.

Offer no. 16,016 / EUR  48. (c. US$ 52.) + shipping

So  far  the  plenitude  from  one  of  the  but  three

originally  colored  works  of  Ridinger’s

(the usual references in the trade at two base on the unawareness of the existence of copies of the 2nd edition of the Ten Plates Monkeys, Th. 541-550, intended for coloring, which in this state neither Thienemann nor Weigel, Schwarz, Faber-Castell etc. have laid eyes on, yet nevertheless was known to Th. and traded here most beautifully in 1972)

of  throughout  utmost  rarity

from the master’s late work and published by this – supposedly except for the first, black & white edition of the Monkeys – only partially or no more by himself. On this Thienemann :

“ Ridinger, who as great animal painter quite realized that the colors were nothing inessential with them, intended in his later years … to crown his works and publish yet some

suites  colored  exactly  and  finely  from  nature . ”

These editions are of ultimate beauty and

belong  to  the  finest  of  the  fine

of  the  illuminated  animal  books  of  all  times .

Their number of copies cannot be assumed small enough. And only seven years after publication of the posthumous complete edition of the Animal Kingdom with Martin Elias the one of the two sons more familiar with the œuvre passed away.

 

Ridinger, Bearded Guenon
Great Bearded Guenon with Small One
Detail from Th. 1091

niemeyer’s — for  the  plenitude  of  ridingeriana

  1. “famous work which the merited naturalist Jacob Theodor Klein in Danzig published 1751 under the title: Quadrupedum Dispositio brevisque Historia Naturalis. Enlarged and revised, he had translated it into the German himself and his friend Gottfried Reyger published it 1760 under the title: J. Th. Klein’s Natural Order and Augmented History of the Quadruped Animals. Ridinger was in close communication with Klein, was supported by him in many ways in this (Animal Kingdom) undertaking and followed Klein’s system” (Th., p. 200)
  2. cf. note 1

„ sehr herzlich für die sehr unkomplizierte Kaufabwicklung dankend, möchte ich Ihnen mitteilen, dass auf meinem Konto bereits der entsprechende Betrag eingegangen ist.
Mit besten Grüßen und guten Wünschen für ein sehr angenehmes, erholsames Wochenende “

(Frau U. K., 19. August 2011)