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“ … and their hides
have to protect us
Johann  Elias Ridinger, Lynxes (detail)
from severe cold ”

Johann Elias Ridinger, Lynx

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Les Linx sont de deux sortes, ont 2. ou 3. petis sont d’une vie longue. The Lynx, there are two Kinds, have 2. to 3. cubs, and shall live long. 9-headed lynx families “of quite different age, and in characteristic postures” (Th. with erroneously just 8 heads). Etching with engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 22. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger invent. delin. sculps. et excud. Aug. V., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin. 13½ × 16⅜ in (34.3 × 41.5 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, and their hides have to protect us from severe cold

Thienemann & Schwarz 217. – Sheet 22 of the STUDY OF THE WILD ANIMALS with the caption by the Hamburg pope of poets, jurist & senator, yet foremost friend of Ridinger’s, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747), in German. And Riesenthal, Jagd-Lexikon, 1882, 304 f.:

“ How hard (the lynx) is to drive the hunts at the Harz Mountains prove, where an experienced hunt was hard on his heels through several winters before it could catch him … ”

Here then yet nine of the predatory animals among themselves in their very own landscape ambience, confirming Ernst Welisch’s qualification of already 1901 after which Ridinger is the indisputably “most important Augsburg landscapist of this time”. All this then here

of shining-marvelous quality & therefore rarity ,

for even in exemplary old Ridinger collections the old impressions of particularly this so fine large-sized main set frequently figure as highly inadequate. Margins 3.3-4.9 cm wide. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back. Almost only in the white upper margin feebly foxed barely worth mentioning.

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Die Not der 1.
ist das Brot der 2. Generation

Des Lüchower Kürschnermeisters Brix Mühsal und Aufstieg
im ersten Drittel des 19. Jahrhunderts

Kürschnermeister Carl Siegmund Brix’ Hauserwerb zu Lüchow und dessen jahrzehntelange Finanzierung mittels kurzfristigen Geldes. Konvolut von handschriftlichem Kaufbrief + 5 Schuldverschreibungen in zwei handschriftlichen und drei Formularausfertigungen, jeweils auf Papier. Lüchow 1802-1828. Kl.-2.

1. Kaufbrief von „Bürgermeister und Senatoren der Stadt Lüchow“ vom 31. August 1802 betr. das „in der Kirchstraße hierselbst zwischen des Tischlers Diercks’ und weiland Senatoris Riebock Häusern belegene bürgerliche Wohnhaus mit Zubehör“, erworben zu 860 RThlr. per öffentlichem meistbietenden Verkauf am 20. Juli 1802. 4 1/2 SS. auf 2 Doppelbogen. Für Bürgermeister und Rat nebst Siegel unterzeichnet von Thorwirth, Krebs + Bösche. – Auf blaugrauem Bütten mit großem Pro Patria-Wz., bedingt vergleichbar Heawood 3700, nebst typograph. Nebenmarke. – Regelt auch die Grundbesitzabgabe.

2. Schuld- und Pfandversicherung des Kürschnermeisters Brix und dessen Ehefrau Maria Elisabeth geb. Crusen über 500 RThlr. zu Gunsten des E. F. (?) Mühlenfeldt als Hypothek auf obiges Grundstück vom 26. Oktober 1802 zwecks Bezahlung des Gläubigers Schmidt aus dessen Recht vom 20. 7. 1802. Individualisierter Formulardruck. 2 1/2 SS. auf Doppelbogen. Gesiegelt und unterzeichnet wie vor, darunter persönlich gesiegelte Rückzahlungsbestätigung Mühlenfeldts vom 29. April 1806. – Auf Bütten mit großem figürl. Wz. und der Nebenmarke J F G.

Vordruckmäßiger Ausschluß der „dem weiblichen Geschlechte in den Gesetzen zu Gute verordneten Rechtswohlthaten und behelfen, namentlich dem SCto Vellejano und der Authent. Si qua mulier, nach welchen die Bürgschaft und Mitverschreibung einer Ehefrauen ungültig, auch dem Privilegio dotis et illatorum … (betr.) ihres Brautschatzes“ etc.

3. – Ein Gleiches vom 14. Juli 1807 über 100. RThlr. zu Gunsten des „mitgegenwärtigen Altvater Jochen Heinrich Schultz aus (Dähre?) … zur Abtragung eines Capitals von 200 RThlr.“ an den Gläubiger Müller aus Delgau (Dolgaw?). 2 SS. auf Doppelbogen. Gesiegelt und unterzeichnet wie vor, doch anstelle des Börsch E. Gericke. – Ohne die die Ehefrau betreffende Druckpassage. – 8 cm langer Oberfeldeinriß mit alter Tesafilmspur rückseits und auf weißer Seite 3, jetzt säurefrei versorgt.

4. Bordereau der Franzosenzeit „wegen hypothekarischer Eintragung … gegen den Kürschner … zur Sicherstellung einer jährlich um Michaelis fälligen Grundabgabe von Einem Thaler Sechs Groschen … als Zins eines … unablöslichen Capitals“ gemäß einer am 13. 12. 1811 aufgenommenen Acte und „Eingetragen  im Büreau der Hypotheken-Conservative des Districts Salzwedel“ am 27. Februar 1812. Handschrift. 1 3/4 SS. auf Doppelbogen. Unterzeichnet und mit Siegel des Conservateur des Hypotheques zu Salzwedel, Königreich Westphalen. – Als Commune-Einnehmer wird Christian August Heydenreich zu Lüchow genannt.

Dem 1seitigen Borderau folgt unter dem 12. Oktober 1835 die Quittierung des Stadtrechnungsführers Pardey, wonach der Kürschner Brix (evt. schon Heinrich B.?, siehe nachstehende Urkunde) das vorstehende Kapital an die Stadtkasse zu Lüchow zurückgezahlt habe, dem nebst Lüchower Siegel unterm 17. Oktober 1836 von Thorwirth für Bürgermeister und Rat die Bestätigung folgt, daß Pardeys Quittierung eigenhändig und befugt erfolgt sei. – Auf Stempel-Papier über 25 Centimen. – Leicht stockfleckig, die weißen SS. 3 + 4 etwas stärker.

5. Schuld- und Pfandverschreibung des Kürschners und dessen nunmehriger Ehefrau Anne Margarethe geb. Brüling vom 12. November 1828 über 100 RThlr. Conv.-Münze zu Gunsten der Witwe Catharine Marie Hameister aus Tarnitz zwecks Abtragung der Schuld gleicher Höhe gegenüber dem Altvater Schul(t)z der Urkunde unter 3, hier auch wieder unter Ausschluß der Ehefrauen-Wohltaten wie per Urkunde 2. Individualisierter Formulardruck. 2 SS. auf Doppelbogen. Nebst Siegel für Bürgermeister und Rat gezeichnet von Gericke und Thorwirth. – Auf grau-blauem Bütten mit großem figürl. und kleinem typograph. Wz.

6. Umschuldung vorgenannter Schuldverschreibung vom 18. September 1829, wonach „meine Jüngst Tochter Maria Margareta abgezahlt (hat)…(und) in die Rechte der Wittwe Hameister (eingesetzt wird) und hat 100 rtl. von mir zu fordern“. Handschrift. 1 S. auf Doppelbogen. – Auf grau-blauem Stempel-Bütten über 2 Groschen Conv.-Münze nebst Stempel des Kgr. Hannover sowie großem G(eorg) R(ex)-Kronen-Wz. + separater Hersteller-Marke „G. W. …ll“ in kursiv. – Das weiße Schlußblatt in den unteren Bügen braunstreifig. Die Siegel complett und von schöner Frische.

Sämtlichs mit Faltspuren. Soweit nichts Gegenteiliges erwähnt, von generell gutem Erhaltenszustand bei einer für solche Papiere üblichen gewissen Patina, säurefrei hinterlegte Kleineinrisse einbezogen.

DER REIZ DES KONVOLUTES

liegt nicht zuletzt in seiner kontinuierlichen Dokumentierung einer über die Jahrzehnte von wirtschaftlichen Zwängen begleiteten, persönlich honorigen Handwerker-Existenz in offenbar 1. Generation. Auf mehr Bewegungsfreiheit lassen zwei Urkunden des vermutlichen Sohnes Heinrich, gleichfalls als Kürschnermeister, aus 1838 + 1852 schließen (see following items).

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Master Baker Grote
gives a Receipt to Master Furrier Brix

Lüchow – Acknowledgement of Receipt by master baker Wilhelm Christian Grote of September 17, 1838, to have correctly received “from my brother-in-law Mr. (master furrier) Heinrich Brix – both Lüchow – a dowry and marriage portion from the house for my wife (Catherine) born Brix on behalf of the mother” of 62 Reichsthaler, 12 good ten-pfennig pieces cassa coin & 50 Reichsthaler. Follows for mayor, council and court the certification of September 26, 1838, that “aforesaid read aloud acknowledgement of receipt as overall correct” and signed by own hand is valid. Manuscript on paper. Sm. fol. 1¼ pp. on double leaf. Together with town seal signed Thorwirth.

On “2 good ten-pfennig pieces” stamped sheet of beige laid paper with large Lower Saxon Horse and separate character mark O S G as watermarks. – With armorial blind stamp Kingdom of Hanover. – Traces of fold and except for two only in the white back sheet acid-freely backed tiny tears. – Optically very fine.

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Furrier and Buttonmaker
as Vendees on the Bankruptcy Sale of Master Baker Nöldecke

Protocol of the Sale by the royal Hanover office Lüchow of January 17, 1852, about the effected realization at 3rd and last date on December 3, 1851, from the bankrupt’s estate “of the citizen and master baker Wilhelm Nöldecke here” of a “garden situated below Lüchow at Schmidt Witting’s garden” at 525 Thaler to the credit of the highest bid by the “buttonmaker Carl Georg Behrens allhere for himself and in the name of the furrier Heinrich Brix here” as well as stipulation of its division among the vendees. Followed by the conditions of the sale for the totally three lots of real estate, the first of which regarding the garden. Manuscript on paper. Sm. fol. 4 pp. on 2 double leaves. The proceedings signed together with the office stamp, the conditions of sale with the seal of the kingdom through which the golden stitching tape leads.

On “2 good ten-pfennig pieces” stamp paper in blind stamping as the armorial stamp of the Kingdom of Hanover, too, indicated in the preliminaries as “special stamps” especially destined for such protocols. – With watermarks Lower Saxon Horse and separate character mark “C S G & S 1851”. – The usual folds in the two white sheets with two and three resp. barely worth mentioning and acid-freely backed break throughs, otherwise of great freshness. Also the fine craquelée of the seal barely perceptible.

Fine collector’s item, here as certified copy for – so on the slightly yellowed final page – the furrier Heinrich Brix here together with invoice of costs about 20 ten-pfennig pieces “by the master shoemaker Runge” who also seems to have acknowledged the receipt under February 5, 1852, what is not completely understood here though.

On the economically here obviously flexible Heinrich Brix as supposedly 2nd generation it shall be reminded of above collection of title deed and promissionary notes by master furrier Carl Siegmund Brix of 1802-1828.

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“ Fur

In the heraldry of the Middle Ages
fur was used as surrogate of painting
just as as independent picture .

Johann Elias Ridinger, Sable (detail)
— “The most precious among all the furs” —

With regard to the former served

ermine , sable and goules

( naturally red fur , e. g. marten , squirrel … )

One cut the heraldic figures from the respective fur

and nailed them onto the wooden shield . To this custom it is to be traced back

that the German heraldry of the Middle Ages used the mentioned kinds of fur

in the oblique blazoning

as designation of the colors ,

that is for white : erminie , for black : sable , for red: goule …

The science of the heraldic fur

is a result of the latest research .

Cf. F.=K. (Fürst v. Hohenlohe=Waldenburg) ,

Das heraldische P(elzwerk). (2nd ed., Stuttgart 1876) ”

(Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., XII [1889], 822)

“ The Most Precious among all the Furs ”

Ridinger, Martin Elias (1731 Augsburg 1780). Sable Siberian or Sarmatian Marten. / Egyptian Weasel. One each of the species, the former front center. Etching with engraving in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: MUSTELA Zibellina. MUSTELA Pharaonis. / Zobel … as above / Matre Zibeline de Siberie. Belette. / Familia IV. Fünffzæhige. / ex Collect. Ludolfii (Klein). / Ridinger. sc. 12 × 7¾ in (30.6 × 19.8 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1054. – From the unnumbered Colored Animal Kingdom created since 1754 and concluded finally posthumously not before 1773 (“Complete copies are next to untraceable”, so Weigel, Art Cat., part XXVIII, Ridinger Appendix 63a as merely 120-sheet torso, 1857 ! , but also just individual plates quite rarely on the market only, at niemeyer’s presently nevertheless the one as the others). – Remaining uncolored contrary to the prospectus, a second edition from the plates shortened even under loss of animals and with modified titling and the Ridinger inscription removed, yet now numbered, was published by Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg 1824/25.

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” (Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., XVI [1890], 948 f.). The present one of the preferred chestnut and darker color with relatively little white:

Martin Elias Ridinger, Sable
— IN THE RIDINGER’S ORIGINAL COLORING —

“ (S)o we have … at once represented yet a Siberian Sable, whose little skin is of great value with the Russians for its beauty, especially if it is black. Therefore they hunt for the same permanently

and draw large sums of money each year from the sale of this fur good ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, p. 6, enclosed in copy).

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. ”

And his sons in particular on present one:

“ Since we own an Egyptian Weasel – “supposedly the mongoose, Herpestes mungo” (Th.) – in quite good an illustration, which is a little larger than our weasel and has quite different a tail, we have added such one with this representation, too … ”

The attribution of the work to Johann Elias’ eldest, Martin Elias, results from the style regarded as individual – like a dot or comma between “Ridinger” and for instance “sc.” – as compared against such plates of the Animal Kingdom inscribed with his name.

With watermark C & I Honig as that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble to the Principal Colors of Horses

“on account of the fine illumination” for the colored works

“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Margins on three sides 1.7-3.2 cm, below 5.4 cm wide. – Tiny brown spot showing from the back within the shrubbery.

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Ferret. / Ermine. Two marked by asterisks, the latter in its on the upper side puce, on the underside white summer coat, including the perennial black tip of the tail. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: MUSTELA viverra Furunculus *. MUSTELA Hermellina **. / Frettichen, Frettwiesel. *. Hermelin Wiesel. **. / Le Furet. *. Armeline. **. / Familia IV. Fünffzæhige. / ex Collectione Kleinii. / Ridinger. sc. 12⅛ × 7⅞ in (30.7 × 19.9 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1052. – Again after a master of Klein’s. – Margins on three sides 1.3-3.4 cm, below 5.7 cm wide. – Small faint brown spot in right white lateral margin and quite scattered a little brown spot.

“ The legend that the ermine rather goes through fire than through dirt, and rather dies than soil itself, made it early the symbol of purity and innocence …

Martin Elias Ridinger, Ermine

Only Siberia and Russia supply ermine coats …

Formerly the wearing of the ermine coats adorned with the black tail tips of the animal was a privilege of princes. Now they have become … a general attire ”

(Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., XVI [1890], 624/I and VIII [1888], 428/II resp.).

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“ From Siberia …
brought to Dresden Alive ”

Glutton, Raccoon. On the left, scenting, the wolverine / glutton / skunk bear of the family of the martens, scenting to the right, vis-à-vis sitting raccoon. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: GULO. / Raton aminal (sic!) Americanum. / Vielfraß, / Raton / Le Glouton, / Raton americain, / Familia. IV. Fünffzähig. / M. El. Ridinger. fec. 12¼ × 8⅜ in (31.1 × 21.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1083. Margins on three sides 1.8-2.8 cm, below 5 cm wide. – Faint tidemark left/center of the lower white plate/paper field. An original fine box pleat center left of the white paper margin extending to the edge of the subject. The right edge of the sheet in the upper half minimally fissured.

“ (The glutton) is to be found in the wildernesses in Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Courland, and Lapland, also in the regions of Asia and America towards the northern sea.

Martin Elias Ridinger, Glutton, Raccoon

For its fine gloss the fur is held in very high esteem

and almost equal to the sables ,

even though it has somewhat harder hairs … has eaten up 13. pounds meat in one day and yet still remained hungry. Of this we have received the drawing from Dresden ourselves and therefore are able to provide this illustration from nature herself ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II in German and French, pp. 14 and 12 resp., enclosed in copy).

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“ … their Hide is Excellent Fur … ”

Cat Lynx, Mountain or Stone Lynx. Etching with engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: LYNX TYGRINVS. / Kat Luchs, bürg od’ Stein Luchs. / Loup cervier. / Familia IV. Fünffzähige. / Ex Collection D. Kleinii. / J. El. Ridinger fec. et excud. A. V. 12¼ × 8⅜ in (31.2 × 21.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1070. – Margins on three sides 1.4-3.2, below 4.8 cm wide. – Small faint spot accompanied by faint stain in the lower platemark as a precaution backed acid-freely.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Lynx & Caracal

“ Below a strongly spotted bobcat, recumbent (to the left looking at the beholder), above a caracal (Turkish: black ear) … from Persia or Arabia lurking. It is then a quite well-done illustration” (Th.). – And Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, p. 12, enclosed in copy:

“ The lynx … is a particularly wrathful and pernicious animal for the hunting-ground, therefore one attempts to exterminate such one, as soon one has a trace of it, and to provide safety for the game … and their hide is excellent fur … They are captured, too, by setting up so-called turnpikes for them (to Ridinger’s corresponding engraving Turnpike set up for a Lynx! both its original printing plate in reverse in the reddish-golden shine of its 267 years old copper and its washed original drawing available here) ”

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Johann Elias Ridinger, Bengal Tiger

“ This is the Royal Tiger …”

A Leopard. Recte Bengal or Indian tiger. “This is the royal tiger with stripes. He sits somewhat huddled (to the left) and the strong beard mars him a bit, otherwise recognizable” (Th.). Etching with engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: PARDUS. / Ein Leopard. / Leopard. / Familia IV. Fünffzähige. / J. El. Ridinger sc. et excud. A.V. 12⅛ × 8¼ in (30.7 × 20.8 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1074. – Margins on three sides 2-2.5, below 5.1 cm wide. – Faint tidemark on the back along with little discoloration stains faintly showing through in the lower text/paper field.

“ In India the tiger is regarded with superstitious dread

and considered a kind of punishing god. Also in Eastern Siberia similar ideas prevail, and on Sumatra the tiger is perceived merely as the frame of a deceased human and one dares not to kill him ” (Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., XV [1889], 707).

“ … the tiger bounded forth ,

a voluptuous cruelty shone out of his fearful eye ”

Nietzsche, Homer’s Contest, Oscar Levy [ed.] The Complete Works II, 1911, page 52

“ The term ‘royal tiger’ originally hails from the English hunter’s jargon and designated no particular subspecies, but particularly big specimen representing coveted hunting trophies. The designation is comparable with ‘twelve-pointer’, by which in the German a royal stag with mighty antlers of twelve points is meant and not a particular species. These royal tigers not only had an especially contrasty coat color, but also a very regular pattern of the black stripes which were not interrupted.

These individuals therefore represented a special

and very rare type in the formation of the striped pattern

and are not found commonly among the royal tigers .

Beside these animals all other royal tigers were just ‘common’ tigers. Until then the subspecies of tigers was simply called ‘Indian’ and ‘Bengal’ tiger resp. Later the term was transferred to all Indian tigers ” (Wikipedia).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Bengal Tiger (detail)

And such an absolute specimen is present Ridinger ,

although having been dependent on

“ how we … have seen this species of animals here … from time to time … for there is a frequent dissent with the writers and quite often they have mixed up the leopard (as Ridinger, too, see above), the panther and the tiger”

so Ridinger’s sons in the preamble as included in copy.

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“… when their coat is the finest …
and make a Great Howling at Night
particularly in Wintertime ”

Smoky Red Fox. / ordinary Fox. Quite painterly arranged plate. The latter standing above to the right, yet barking to the left, below the former half lying to the left. “Quite appealing” (Th.). Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: VULPES RUTGARIS. VULPES RUFESECUS. / Brand Fuchs. ordentlicher Fuchs. / Renard roussatre. Renard. / Familia IV. Fünffzähige. / Ridinger, fec. 12⅜ × 8¼ in (31.4 × 21.1 cm).

Martin Elias Ridinger, Foxes

Thienemann & Schwarz 1063. – Margins on three sides 1.7-2.7 cm, below 4.5 cm wide. – Tiny little brown spots showing from the back at the Familia line in the white text field.

“ There are, as generally known, two kinds of this animal, that is light red and smoky red foxes. The difference which is found between them, is that those have more black and a brisker color at their hairs, whereas the light red foxes are of a lighter color … They are … chased very hard, especially at that period when their coat is the finest … In mating season they frequently pursue each other … ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, page 10, enclosed in copy).

Thienemann besides pointing out once more, “that the foxes designated here as different species belong to one species”. As further color variants blackish-brown as well as cross and – particularly desired – silver foxes should be mentioned.

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“ Differ … both in the Basic Color
and in the Spots ”

Civet Cat. In charming light ambience, sneaking to the left. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780) in the Ridingers’ original coloring after a master of Jacob Theodor Klein’s (“Plinius Gedanensium”, Königsberg 1685 – Danzig 1759). Inscribed: FELIS Zibethica. / Zibetkatze. / La Civette. / Familia IV. Fünffzæhige. / ex Collect. Kleinii, olim Ludolff. / Ridinger. sc. 12 × 7¾ in (30.6 × 19.8 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1066. – Margins on three sides 1.6-3 cm, below 5.4 cm wide. – Some little brown spots in the white text/plate field.

Martin Elias Ridinger, Civet Cat

“ It is otherwise also called the civet animal and it is found in the hottest regions of Africa and Asia. This animal carries the known civet which is a big trade … They are slightly larger than the genet cats … One keeps them in houses, too … however, as they get older they get wild again, so that one may not trust them ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, p. 11, enclosed in copy).

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Johann Elias Ridinger, Genet Cat

The Genet Cat
Famous for Its Fur

Genet Cat. Famous for its fur, attentively on flat rise before shrubbery to the left. Etching with engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780) in the Ridingers’ original coloring after a master of Jacob Theodor Klein’s (“Plinius Gedanensium”, Königsberg 1685 – Danzig 1759). Inscribed: COATI, GENITTA Hispanica. / Genith-Katze. / Le Chat d’Espagne. / Familia IV. Fünffzähige. / Ex Collection. D. Kleinii. / J. El. Ridinger fec. et excud. A.V. 12⅛ × 8 in (30.8 × 20.3 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1065. – Margins on three sides 1.8-3 cm, below 5.1 cm wide. – Some also a little larger brown spots in the white text field.

Final state with the Familia line within the caption slightly moved up after the removal of the “Q. D. S. XXVIII.” as reference to Jacob Theodor Klein unbeknown to Thienemann.

“ 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.)

“ … inhabits the countries of the Atlas Mountains, but is also found in Spain and Southern France, prefers humid, shrub-rich regions …

Johann Elias Ridinger, Genet Cat (detail)

Its coat provides sought after fur.

Charles Martel (“Savior of the Christian-Germanic culture … [in the face of the] violent brunt of the Arabs in Spain and Aquitaine”, Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., IX [1889], 511) took many clothes furnished with this fur after the victory over the Saracens in 732 and

instituted an Order of the Genet

whose members were the first princes ”

(Meyers, op. cit., XVI [1890], 893/II per Civet Cat [see this per 16,018/€ 435 here]). – And Ridinger’s sons in addition in the preamble enclosed here in copy to pt. II, p. 11:

“ This animal … carries a sac behind, too, which is filled with a sweet-scented juice and perspires such … In the regular spots

its coat surpasses still the aforementioned civet cat

and in its behavior it is similar to all the rest of the species of the cats. ”

Offer no. 16,019 / EUR  490. / export price EUR  466. (c. US$ 563.) + shipping

Martin Elias Ridinger, Opossum

Opossum – The Marsupial =. “It is the white-headed Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana), illustrated not bad at all with two young ones” (Th.). Large front right, resting. A further one in motion (different kind?) separately on the left. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: MABSUPIALE Americanum, oder Carigueya= / Das Beutel Thier= / Sarige, Carigueia Americain. / Familia IV. fünfzeegig. / M. El. Ridinger sc. 12½ × 8½ in (31.6 × 21.5 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1050. – Margins on three sides 1.9-2.8 cm, below 4.6 cm wide. – Some also somewhat larger brown spots in the white text field.

Offer no. 15,968 / EUR  345. / export price EUR  328. (c. US$ 397.) + shipping

The Polecat. / The Marten. At an ambience of boulders overgrown with shrubbery the former plundering a duck’s nest with three chicks dashing away, the latter posing with a bird in the mouth. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: Ridinger. fec. / Mustela Foetida. Martes. / Der Iltis. Der Marder. / Furet. Mart. / Familia IV. Fünfzähige. 12⅜ × 8¼ in (31.3 × 21 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1053. – Margins on three sides 1.5-3 cm, below 5.2 cm wide. – Ridinger’s sons in the preamble included in copy (II, p. 7):

Martin Elias Ridinger, Polecat & Marten

“ Some are called pine or baum marten, and these are not only somewhat larger than the other, but their skin is indeed much more precious and finer … and

the furriers know the art to color it

that it equals the sable … ”

Offer no. 15,962 / EUR  490. / export price EUR  466. (c. US$ 563.) + shipping

Johann Elias Ridinger, Beech Martens

Beech Martens. Two of them, sneaking on rocks. Colored etching with engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). (1740.) Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger inv. fec. et exc. A. V. / N. 85., otherwise in German as above. 7⅜ × 5⅞ in (18.6 × 15 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 475. – Plate 85 (in later edition 82) of the instructive set Design of Several Animals ( “These plates are much wanted and frequently copied”, Th. 1856). – Impression of the 1st edition on fine laid paper. – Colored by later hand in attractive fitting palette as quite unusual for original impressions.

Offer no. 15,750 / EUR  240. (c. US$ 290.) + shipping

Johann Elias Ridinger, Brown Bear

“ Their Fur is Very Warm
and one uses it
to Great Benefit for Sundry Services ”

The Great Brown Ant-eater. Looking out of the picture, he sits “before a herd of ants and licks the same off its paw” (Th.). Etching with engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: VRSVS MAXIMVS FORMICARVM NIGRICANS. / Der große braune Ameisen Bär. / L’ours grand et brun des fournus. / Familia IV. Fünffzähige. / J. El. Ridinger fec. et excud. A.V. 12⅛ × 8¼ in (30.7 × 20.8 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1080. – Margins on three sides 2.2-2.8 cm, below 5.3 cm wide. – Faint tidemark in the midst of the lower white plate/paper field and two narrow brown streaks below in the right white lateral margin.

“ The bear belongs to the indigenous animals in Europe

and his fatherland actually ranges from Poland up to the outmost northern borders … Their fur is very warm and one uses it to great benefit for sundry services ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, pages 13 f., enclosed in copy).

Offer no. 15,929 / EUR  670. / export price EUR  637. (c. US$ 770.) + shipping

Johann Elias Ridinger, Brown Bear

The Brown Bear. Sitting, looking at the beholder. “Now and then it shall occur in Switzerland in this quite peculiar (russet) color ” (Th.). Etching with engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: VRSVS MINOR RVFO FVSCVS. / Der Zeydel Bär. / Ours petit voussatre. / Familia IV. Fünffzähige. / J. El. Ridinger fec. et excud. A.V. 12⅛ × 8⅛ in (30.7 × 20.7 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1081. – Margins on three sides 2-3.5 cm, below 5.2 cm wide. – In the lower white plate/paper field hardly perceptible tidemark.

Offer no. 15,927 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 678.) + shipping

Johann Elias Ridinger, Black Bear

The Great Black Bear. Tamed, with nose ring and head strap in slightly bent position to the right before a boulder on a sloping ledge. Etching with engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: VRSVS, MAXIMVS NIGER. / Der große Schwarze Bär. / L’ours grand et noir. / Familia IV. Fünffzähige. / J. El. Ridinger fec. et excud. A.V. 12 × 8¼ in (30.5 × 20.8 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1079. – Margins on three sides 1.4-3.2 cm, below 5.4 cm wide. – Faint tidemark in the lower white plate/paper field and two faint (little) brown spots in the white plate field right.

Offer no. 15,928 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 678.) + shipping

Johann Elias Ridinger, Polar Bear

The White Spitsbergen Greenlandic Bear. “Why in the N(ew) E(dition) it is considered against Ridinger as just a white variety (‘The White Land Bear’) of the land bear and not the Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) I do not know” (Th. ). Standing to the left, the jaws open wide. Etching with engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: VRSVS, ALBVS Grönlandiae. / Der weiße Spizberg Grönländische Bär. / L’ours blanc de Groenland. / Familia IV. Fünffzähige. / J. El. Ridinger fec. et excud. A.V. 12⅛ × 8⅜ in (30.9 × 21.4 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1082. – Margins on three sides 1-3 cm, below 5 cm wide. – Hardly worth mentioning a faint tidemark in the lower white plate/paper field.

Offer no. 15,926 / EUR  690. / export price EUR  656. (c. US$ 793.) + shipping

Where Furs are Top

Rare & Unknown to Literature

Carte Géographique contenant le Royaume de Siberie

Carte Géographique contenant le Royaume de Siberie

“… next the tanneries are important ”

Meyers , op. cit., XIV [1889], 928 )

From 2 pates, c. 1 : 7.13 millions. Colored engraving by Matthäus Albrecht Lotter (1741 Augsburg 1810) for Tobias Conrad Lotter (1717 Augsburg 1777). Probably 1770/75, but not before/after 1759 and 1776/77 resp. 19½-19¾ × 42⅝ in (49.6-50.1 × 108.4 cm).

Neither in Tooley nor Grenacher, Guide to the cartographic history of the imperial city of Augsburg, in Imago Mundi XXII (1968), 85 ff., British Library and Library of Congress as the world’s largest map collections. – In the right white upper margin numbered with “121” by old hand. – The two sides trimmed on or just within the wide platemark. – Exemplarily fine for Dostoyevsky’s jubilation

“ Away from Petersburg , the European ,

back to Moscow , over to Siberia , the new Russia … ”

and for “the splendid and successful epoch of the Augsburg map production of the 18th century” (Lothar Zögner). And exceedingly rar proof from the days when modern cartography opened up the Russian empire at a tremendous pace.

Offer no. 12,019 / EUR  2403. / export price EUR  2283. (c. US$ 2760.) + shipping

Martin Elias Ridinger, Harbor Seal

Harbor Seal. “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.). Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: CANIS MARINVS. / See Hund. / Veau Marin. / Familia V. fünf zeege mit Gænsen Füssen. / M. E. Ridinger. Sculps. 12¼ × 8⅜ in (31.2 × 21.2 cm).

Martin Elias Ridinger, Harbor Seal (detail)
“The common seal from an illustration by Klein” (detail)

Thienemann & Schwarz 1098. – Margins on three sides 1.4-2.5 cm wide, below trimmed to platemark and defects in the white paper margin of up to c. 2 x 2 cm backed acid-freely. Waterstains on the back of up to c. 8 cm below, 5 cm laterally upper right visible on the front only in the text and white paper field. Backed dog’s ear top right, faint small brown spot in the paper margin upper left, far top edge feebly tidemarked. The pictorial effect of the decidedly charming motif ultimately unimpaired.

Offer no. 15,992 / EUR  98. (c. US$ 118.) + shipping

Martin Elias Ridinger, Brown Hare

Common Brown Hare. Surrounded by manifold green. “A nice picture, in fitting environs Master Hare sits in the midst with the head turned sideways (to the right)” (Th.). Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: LEPVS campestris. / Gemeiner Feld-Hase. / Lievre. / Familia III. Vierzähige. / Ridinger fec. 11⅞ × 8 in (30.1 × 20.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1043. – Margins on three sides 2-3.5 cm, below 5.5 cm wide.

Offer no. 15,904 / EUR  430. / export price EUR  409. (c. US$ 495.) + shipping

Martin Elias Ridinger, White Hare

White Hare. “White it is in the winter coat, otherwise it resembles the common one, and represents an own species which lives in the Alps” (Th.). Coming from undergrowth, scenting to the left. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: LEPVS albus. / Weißer Hase. / Lievre blanc. / Familia III. Vierzähige. / Riding. fec. 12 × 8⅛ in (30.6 × 20.7 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1044. – Margins on three sides 2-3 cm, below 4.9 cm wide.

Offer no. 15,905 / EUR  470. / export price EUR  447. (c. US$ 540.) + shipping

Martin Elias Ridinger, Rabbits

“ … and Their Skins
belong among the Fur Linings ”

Rabbit, Coney. “A pretty group of five, quite different in size and color …” (Th.). Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: CVNICVLVS. / Kaninichen, Killhase. / Le Lapin. / Familia III. Vierzähige. / Ridinger. fec. 12 × 8 in (30.5 × 20.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1046. – Margins on three sides 1.9-3.5 cm, below 5.5 cm wide.

Offer no. 15,907 / EUR  345. / export price EUR  328. (c. US$ 397.) + shipping

and colored the ridinger œuvre culminated

Dark Squirrel Ditto Light one / Flying Squirrel / Rats. Mice. / Bats. 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. “That is a lot on one sheet” (Th.). Etching with engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767) in the Ridingers’ original glazed coloring. Inscribed: SCIURUS COLORE FUSCO. SCIURUS COLORE SPDICEO. SCIURUS PETAURISTA MUS MAIOR DOMESTICUS MUSCUTUS DOMESTICUS. VESPERTILIO. / Dunckles Eichorn Detto Lichtes. Fliegendes Eichorn. Ratten Raßen. Mäuse. Fleder Mäuse. / Ecuriel tan(n)e. Ecuriel brun rif. Ecuriel volant. Le Rat. Les Fouris. Chauve souris. / Familia IV. Fünffzähige. / Ridinger sc. 12⅛ × 8¼ in (30.7 × 20.8 cm).

Martin Elias Ridinger, Squirrel & Bats

Thienemann & Schwarz 1047. – 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” plate XXXV of the Incidents set concluded 1779. They then also impart the present sheet its weight. – Margins on three sides 2.2-2.8 cm, below 5.3 cm wide. – 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. 15.911 / EUR  630. / export price EUR  599. (c. US$ 724.) + shipping

Johann Elias Ridinger, Chipmunk

Eastern Chipmunk. Cracking nuts beneath trees. Etching with engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767) in the Ridingers’ original coloring after Jacob Theodor Klein (“Plinius Gedanensium”, Königsberg 1685 – Danzig 1759). Inscribed: SCIVRVS getulus. / Gestreiftes Eichhorn. / Ecurieu raÿé. / Familia IV. Fünffzähige. / Ex Collection. Secr. Kleinii. / Joh. El. Ridinger fec. et exc. Aug. Vind. 12¼ × 8⅛ in (31 × 20.6 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1048. – Margins on three sides 1.7-2.8 cm, below 4.9 cm wide. – Really tiny faint brown spot at the far left white lateral margin.

Offer no. 15.910 / EUR  345. / export price EUR  328. (c. US$ 397.) + shipping

Johann Elias Ridinger, Squirrels

Playing Squirrels. Three of them at an oak’s trunk and branches. No less vivid at its foot two fly agarics. Colored etching with engraving Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). (1740.) Inscribed: J. E. R. fec. / N. 88., otherwise in German as above. 7⅜ × 6 in (18.8 × 15.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 478. – Plate 88 (in later edition 85) of the instructive set Design of Several Animals ( “These plates are much wanted and frequently copied”, Th. 1856). – Impression of the 1st edition on fine laid paper. – Colored by later hand in attractive fitting palette as quite unusual for original impressions.

Offer no. 15,752 / EUR  190. (c. US$ 230.) + shipping

Martin Elias Ridinger, Wild Cat

“ Their Skin belongs to the Furs
and is the best of them. In its Weight it has a Particular Heaviness
and above all the Use of the same is
that to those who are stricken with severe stomach-ache …
it provides great relief and help ”
(Ridinger’s sons II, 11, enclosed in copy)

Wildcat or Male Cat. “Again a quite appealing sheet. The one cat eats a woodcock … the other is about to leap down and assist” (Th.). Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: CHATUS SYLVESTRIS. / Wild Katze oder Kuder. / Chat souvage. / Familia IV. Fünfzähige / Ridinger fec. 12⅜ × 8¼ in (31.4 × 20.9 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1069. – Margins on three sides 1.7-3.3 cm, below 4.9 cm wide. – In the white field of the subject between two tips of the green accessories chain of little faint foxspots c. 3 cm long, in the left white paper margin quite faint foxspot, otherwise impeccable and again a splendidly lusciously coloring.

Offer no. 15,924 / EUR  490. / export price EUR  466. (c. US$ 563.) + shipping

Johann Elias Ridinger, Wild He-Cat

Wild He-Cat. “(F)ull of lust hanging at a trunk and extending the paw to a nest with young birds” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). (1740.) Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger inv. fec. et exc. A. V. / N. 80., otherwise in German as above. 7⅜ × 6 in (18.8 × 15.1 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 470. – Plate 80 (in later edition 77) of the instructive set Design of Several Animals ( “These plates are much wanted and frequently copied”, Th. 1856). – Impression of the 1st edition on fine laid paper. – Colored by later hand in attractive fitting palette as quite unusual for original impressions.

Offer no. 15,745 / EUR  180. (c. US$ 218.) + shipping

Johann Elias Ridinger, Wild He-Cat

Wild He-Cat lurking for the Prey. At a water with reeds in an ambience of rocks and trees. Colored etching with engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). (1740.) Inscribed: J. E. R. fec. / N. 81., otherwise in German as above. 7⅜ × 6 in (18.7 × 15.3 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 471. – Plate 81 (in later edition 78) of the instructive set Design of Several Animals ( “These plates are much wanted and frequently copied”, Th. 1856). – Impression of the 1st edition on fine laid paper. – Colored by later hand in attractive fitting palette as quite unusual for original impressions.

Offer no. 15,746 / EUR  190. (c. US$ 230.) + shipping

“ The Coat of the Animal serves for Caps, Winter Clothes
and Blankets or is tanned ”

(Meyers, op. cit., XI [1889], 822/II)

Musk Deer. Scenting standing to the right. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: MOSCHIVERVS. / Bisem-Thier. / Musc - / Familia II. Zweÿhufig. / ex Collect. Schæckii. / M. El. Ridinger. sc. 12 × 7⅞ in (30.6 × 20 cm).

Martin Elias Ridinger, Musk Deer

Thienemann & Schwarz 1004. – Final state with the corrected French designation Musc. Thienemann only knew the earlier state with the French designation Civette justly commented as utterly inadmissible, thereby missing, however, that the corresponding text in the French preamble is correctly captioned Le Bouc de Musc, and therefore it is an as obvious as classical erratum. The criticized early state documented here, too, by the Pfeiffer-Weinberg copy, which comes up with several further early states frequently unbeknownst to Thienemann. – Margins on three sides 1.8-3.6 cm, below 5.6 cm wide.

Offer no. 15.891 / EUR  570. / export price EUR  542. (c. US$ 655.) + shipping

“ As useful as these Animals
become by the Good Fur
which they have on them …”

(Ridinger’s sons)

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Bievres ont 2. ou trois petis, se multiplient a l’age de 2. ans et deviennent plus grands. The Beavers have 2. or three Young Ones, obtain their strength for breeding the other year; also grow ever more. Etching with engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 27. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inv. delin. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13¾ × 17 in (35 × 43.1 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 222. – Sheet 27 of the STUDY OF THE WILD ANIMALS with the caption of the Hamburg pope of poets, jurist & senator, yet foremost friend of Ridinger’s, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747), in German. – With WANGEN watermark as so characteristic for contemp. impressions. – Margins 3-4 cm wide. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Beavers

“ Whenever I stand here before the engraving, when it hangs in the room, The room’s wall seems immediately, as it was, indeed broken through so really naturally the landscape is formed, and engraved in ore. The two beavers are presented so lively in their action; one thinks one hears and sees them gnaw … and as (nature) almost unites these animals with a wise spirit which almost excels the animal spirit, which almost comes close to ours … the beaver’s spirit in Canada … ”

And not least and by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the indisputably most important Augsburg landscapist of this time”. Here then

of shining-marvelous quality & therefore rarity ,

for even in exemplary old Ridinger collections the old impressions of particularly this so fine large-sized main set frequently figure as closely trimmed, damaged, and fully mounted. So including present one in the Silesian collection 1885 at Boerner, 1894 with Reich auf Biehla & at least without platemark 1889 with Coppenrath, too.

Offer no. 15,401 / EUR  690. / export price EUR  656. (c. US$ 793.) + shipping

Johann Elias Ridinger, Beaver

Beaver. “It grazes and holds its scaly tail into the water” (Th.). Before reeds, with the upper body on a trunk, gnawing at a twig. Etching with engraving printed in green by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: CASTOR. / Biber. / Castor. / Familia V. Fünffzähige, mit Gänßen-Füßen hinten. / J. El. Ridinger sc. A. V. 12⅜ × 8⅜ in (31.3 × 21.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1095. – Margins on three sides 1.7-2.5 cm, below 4.8 cm wide. – 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.

Offer no. 15,931 / EUR  195. (c. US$ 236.) + shipping

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Beaver. With the traces in the lower field. Toned lithograph by Hermann Menzler printed by A. Renaud for L. J. Heymann, both at Berlin. (1863/65.) Inscribed: Gez. v. J. E. Ridinger, lith. v. H. Menzler etc., otherwise in German as before. 14 × 9⅛ in (35.7 × 23.1 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Beaver (Menzler)

(Joh. El. Ridinger’s Hunting Album I/9.) – Cf. sheet 15 of the Illustration of the Fair Game, Thienemann 177. – From the Representation of the best known Game of Central Europe together with Tracks or Traces carried as 1st part. – The whole rare set almost unknown to literature and practically to be completed just peu à peu comprises 80 sheet plus a recently discovered illustrated title of far larger image size (13¾ × 14⅛ in [47.5 × 36 cm]), partly compressed to their principal motif or varied in the environment. – In the pictorial effect corresponding to that of the aquatint technique not used by Ridinger anymore. – On extremely wide-margined (24⅜ × 18½ in [62 × 47 cm]!) strong paper. – Some little marginal tears repaired.

Compared with Ridinger’s etching the image field designed completely freely and the traces in accordance with the generally somewhat smaller format only well about ⅔ of their life size ( with Ridinger in original size ! ). Irrespective of its value as just as instructive as painterly piece a very interesting asset for any Ridinger collection.

Offer no. 13,111 / EUR  322. / export price EUR  306. (c. US$ 370.) + shipping

The Beaver. Pressed by four hounds he shows his mighty teeth. Etching with engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). (1761.) Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger inv. del. Sc. et exc. A. V. 11⅜ × 10 in (28.8 × 25.3 cm). – Thienemann & Schwarz 153. – Sheet 15 of The Fair Game hounded by Several Kinds of the Hounds. – With instructive and detailed caption

Johann Elias Ridinger, Biber

listing by name the various hounds suitable to that .

Silver-toned impression not later than from the high-grade Engelbrecht edition about 1824 on the known slightly clouded fine paper here watermarked “G.R.”. – With wide margins of 8 & 4.3 cm resp. above and below and 3-4.4 cm for the sides.

Offer no. 28.110 / EUR  483. / export price EUR  459. (c. US$ 555.) + shipping

Ridinger Beaver are said to be the best

The Beaver in His Rest. In front of a hilly landscape sitting by the dam he built himself, showing off his mighty teeth. Copper-printing-plate in reverse. (1740.) Inscribed: J. E. R. inv. fec. et exc., otherwise in German as before. 7½ × 6⅛ in (19 × 15.6 cm). – The optically excellently preserved

Johann Elias Ridinger, The Beaver in His Rest (original printing plate)

original printing plate

for sheet 84 (etching & engraving, Thienemann & Schwarz 474) of the set Design of Several Animals how such are drawn from Life after their Different Nature, Actions and Passions

in the reddish-golden shine of its 277 years old copper .

And a precious, worldwide unique collector’s object of degree, 1856 regarded lost by Thienemann with the plates to the Design set, yet traced back here far beyond Thieme-Becker (vol. XXVIII, 1933, p. 308) seamlessly directly to the master’s estate. For

“ Preserved original 18th century printing plates are

a great rarity”

(Stefan Morét in Ridinger Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, pp. 62 f. See also the plates there I.13, I.8 & I.11, colour ills. 6 & b/w ills. pp. 63 f.). – And especially on Ridinger’s :

“ Of the high technical and qualitative standard of the works of Ridinger and his sons collaborating in the workshop especially as engravers the (only very partially) preserved printing-plates bear witness still today. ”

In the same sense then already before Bernadette Schöller in Der Kölner Graphikmarkt zur Zeit Wenzel Hollars within Wenzel Hollar – Die Kölner Jahre ed. by Werner Schäfke, Cologne 1992, p. 19:

“ The copper-plates

which due to both their material value and the working times invested therein , too ,

enjoyed a far higher esteem

than , e.g., a preparatory drawing handled only too often disrespectfully … ”

Analogously then here on occasion of the re-appearance of parts of the so-called Thieme-Becker block of Ridinger’s printing plates “One of the most sensational discoveries in art history … Ridinger’s original printing (sic!!!) plates.” That present one

is worked by the master himself alone

should be mentioned expressly. Just as documented by inscription. – With the number “81” as changed for the new edition by Engelbrecht/Herzberg at Augsburg of c. 1824/25 and as documented by Thienemann per parentheses, too.

Sheltered from tarnishing by fine application of varnish

the plate is printable generally in the ordinary course of its use during the times. But it is offered and sold as a work of art and an object of collecting. Thus without prejudice to its final printing quality. Shortly,

a conceivably enjoying , worldwide unique absolutum .

Proposed to you with the recommendation of a timeless-elegantly frameless hanging (fittings included) for that you will experience the reflection of the respective light to the fullest.

Offer no. 15,000 / price on application

And what did private Ridinger plate purchasers generally say ?

“ You have surprised me … ”

so a retired presiding judge purchasing two of these cimelies.

“ I would like to thank you,
the plates are more beautiful than I had expected
I take both , no question “,

so an entrepreneur who in the meantime bought three further ones.

In 2001 the Augsburg Art Collections presented the acquired 12-plate set for the Paradise suite within the exposition “KUNSTREICH“ as the important acquisitions of the past decade (catalog KUNSTREICH no. 102, pp. 198-201).

Ten years later then

the Cultural Endowment of the State of Lower Saxony swept

by the their overnight acquisition of 104 ( sic !! ) plates

for the exquisite Brunswick Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum

a greater part of this stock of plates irrevocably from the market .

“ … (have) a Different Fur ”

than the Beaver (Ridinger’s sons)

Otter looking for the Prey. In shallow water before high rocks with cascade. Colored etching with engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). (1740.) Inscribed: J. E. R. fec. / N. 83., otherwise in German as above. 7⅜ × 6 in (18.7 × 15.2 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Otter

Thienemann & Schwarz 473. – Plate 83 (in later edition 80) of the instructive set Design of Several Animals ( “These plates are much wanted and frequently copied”, Th. 1856). – Impression of the 1st edition on fine laid paper. – Colored by later hand in attractive fitting palette as quite unusual for original impressions.

Offer no. 15,748 / EUR  230. (c. US$ 278.) + shipping

Johann Elias Ridinger, Otter

Otter consuming a Prey. With fish on a boulder at the foot of a waterfall. Colored etching with engraving by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). (1740.) Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger inv fec. et exc. A. V. / N. 82., otherwise in German as above. 7⅜ × 6 in (18.8 × 15.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 472. – Plate 82 (in later edition 79) of the instructive set Design of Several Animals ( “These plates are much wanted and frequently copied”, Th. 1856). – Impression of the 1st edition on fine laid paper. – Colored by later hand in attractive fitting palette as quite unusual for original impressions.

Offer no. 15,747 / EUR  230. (c. US$ 278.) + shipping

Johann Elias Ridinger, Otter

Otter. On raised bank with reeds with captured fish, the head of which already lying aside. Etching with engraving printed in green by Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767) in the Ridingers’ original coloring. Inscribed: LUTRA. / Fisch-Otter. / Loutre. / Familia V. Fünffzähige, mit Gänßen-Füßen. / J. El. Ridinger sc. et exc. A. V. 12⅜ × 8⅜ in (31.3 × 21.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1094. – Margins on three sides 1.4-3.3 cm, below 5 cm wide. – 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.

Offer no. 15,932 / EUR  98. (c. US$ 118.) + shipping

van Dyck, Portrait of an Unknown Person

Dyck, Anthonis van (Antwerp 1599 – London 1641). A Portrait (of an unknown Person). Sitting to the left, in rich furred robe. Steel engraving by Albert Henry Payne (London 1812 – Leipsic 1902). C. 1845. Inscribed: A. Van Dyk pinxt. / A. H. Payne sculpt. / Published for the Proprietors by A. H. Payne Dresden & Leipzig., otherwise in English-German as above. 7⅝ × 5⅜ in (19.5 × 13.8 cm).

Offer no. 14,221 / EUR  43. (c. US$ 52.) + shipping

  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)

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