Animals + Amusements  in  Nature

as  typical  of


Revoil, Benedict-Henry. Pêches dans l’Amérique du nord. New ed. With  19  woodcut-plates  and 40 text ills. after Jean Edouard Dargent (called Yan’Dargent, Saint-Servais 1824 – Paris 1899). Tours, A. Mame et fils, 1870. 374 pp., 1 l. Contemp. blue h. cloth.

Compare with Howes R 228 and Souhart 402. The latter knows only the original version Chasses et Pêche dans l’autre monde, publ. Paris 1856, and 3 following editions, resp. 1869 and 1873, all at Mame, titled Chasses dans l’Amérique du nord. The edition here probably the first separate edition of the originally 2nd part. Revoil gained his prestige especially as the founder of the famous Chasse Illustrée.

Fine  fishing  book  in  an  impeccable  copy .

See the complete description.

Offer no. 12,225 / EUR  445. / export price EUR  423. (c. US$ 489.) + shipping

Of  Beavers  &  Otters

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). (The Beaver in its Rest.) In front of a hilly landscape sitting by its dam and showing its mighty teeth. Etching with engraving. (1740.) Inscribed: J. E. R. inv. fec. et exc., otherwise in German as before. 7½ × 6⅛ in (19 × 15.6 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Beaver

Sheet 84 (Thienemann + Schwarz 474) of the Design of Several Animals how such are drawn from Life after their Different Nature, Actions and Passions (“These plates are much wanted and frequently copied”, Th. 1856). – 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.

Ref. no. 15.000 / in stock – not cataloged / request description & offer

The  Otter  Pendants  of  the  Set

– – – (Otter seeking its Prey / The Otter consuming its Prey.) In a shallow water in front of a high rock + At the foot of a waterfall with a fish. Two pieces. Etchings with engraving. (1740.) Inscribed: J. E. R. fec. and J. E. Ridinger inv. fec. et exc. A(ugustus). V(indelicorum). resp., otherwise in German as before. 7½ × 6-6⅛ in (18.9-19 × 15.4-15.5 cm).

Sheets 83 + 82 (Thienemann + Schwarz  473 + 472) of the Design of Several Animals how such are drawn from Life after their Different Nature, Actions and Passions (“These plates are much wanted and frequently copied”, Th. 1856). – With the numbers “80” + “79” resp. as changed for the new edition by Engelbrecht/Herzberg at Augsburg of c. 1824/25 and as documented by Thienemann per parentheses, too.

Ref. no. 15,006 / in stock – not cataloged / request description & offer

– – – (The Beaver.) Pressed by four hounds he shows his mighty teeth. Etching + engraving. (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 giving especially the different races suitable to that. – Silver-toned impression not later than from the high-grade Engelbrecht edition about 1824 on the known little 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. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 28,110 / EUR  483. / export price EUR  459. (c. US$ 531.) + shipping

– – – (The Otter.) In picturesque landscape at a water, lurking for prey. Below the explained great traces of fore and hind legs. Toned lithograph by Hermann Menzler printed by A. Renaud for L. J. Heymann in Berlin. (1863-65.) Inscribed: Gez. v. J. E. Ridinger, lith. v. H. Menzler etc. 13⅝ × 9 in (34.5 × 23 cm).

Sheet I, 11 of Menzler’s 80-sheet set “(Joh. El. Ridinger’s Hunting Album)”, in which he presents the copies – here plate 16 of the Fair Game, Thienemann 178 – partly freely or compressed to their principal motif, resulting in a first degree enrichment of collections. So in the case here landscape as position of the otter are changed completely. – In the pictorial effect the works correspond to that of aquatints which Ridinger has not used anymore. – On wide-margined light cardboard of impeccable freshness. The inscript of the printer Renaud only barely visible. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 28,436 / EUR  355. / export price EUR  337. (c. US$ 390.) + shipping

– – – (The Beaver.) By a water pictorially overgrown with the traces in the subfield. Toned lithograph by Hermann Menzler as before as plate I/9 of the set. – Compare with Thienemann 177. – The image field contrary to the corresponding sheet 15 of the “Illustration of the Game with the respective Traces … drawn from nature” and the traces only well about ⅔ of their original size. – On extremely wide-margined (24⅜ × 18½ in [62 × 47 cm]!) strong paper. – Some little marginal tears repaired. – Also technically a fine as well as interesting collection’s addition. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 13,111 / EUR  322. / export price EUR  306. (c. US$ 354.) + shipping

– – – (Trace of the Otter.) With two designated large traces below a pictorial scenery. Unused picture postcard in rotogravure by O. Felsing at (Berlin-)Charlottenburg. C. 1900/20. 5½ × 3⅝ in (14.1 × 9.3 cm).

“ARTIST’S CARD” after sheet 16, Thienemann 178, of the “Representation of the Fair Game with the respective traces … drawn from life”.

Offer no. 28,471 / EUR  29. (c. US$ 34.) + shipping

– – – The Beavers have 2. or three Young Ones, obtain their strength for breeding the other year; also grow ever more. Family of four at a far-reaching water. Villages on a peninsula and the far bank. At an old willow the teeth’s strength is proven. Etching and 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. 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. – The beautiful sheet in an impression of shining-marvelous quality & therefore rarity. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,401 / EUR  690. / export price EUR  656. (c. US$ 758.) + shipping

– – – The Otter have 3-4 Young Ones; get the ability to breed in the next year; growing up larger and larger. 5-headed family dispersed at a waterfall. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 28. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger invent. delin. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindel., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13⅝ × 16¾ in (34.7 × 42.5 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 223. – Sheet 28 of the STUDY OF THE WILD ANIMALS with Brockes’ rich caption in German. – The beautiful sheet in splendidly fine, warm-toned impression with fine little margins all around. – Quite feeble brown spot in the outermost corner of the white margin below right. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 28,230 / EUR  757. / export price EUR  719. (c. US$ 831.) + shipping

– – – The same, but with margins on three sides 3.7-4.2, below 2.7 cm more wide-margined and of shining-marvelous quality & therefore rarity. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back.

Offer no. 15,400 / EUR  690. / export price EUR  656. (c. US$ 758.) + shipping

– – – The Bears have Two, rarely 3 Cubs; reach their Size in the 5th Year; live more than 20 Years. 7-headed extended family “on and under or beside rocks” in full action with both the two mothers, supported by their each two cubs, squabbling with each other, while the master of the grotto is not concerned by all that. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 31. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger invent. delin. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin. 13⅝ × 16⅞ in (34.6 × 42.8 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 226. – Sheet 31 of the STUDY OF THE WILD ANIMALS with Brockes’ rich caption in German. – With WANGEN watermark as so characteristic for contemp. impressions. – Margins on three sides 3.7-4.9, above 3.2 cm wide. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back. Small margin tear and minimal tear off backed acid-freely. – The quite singularly charming sujet of shining-marvelous quality & raised rarity. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,426 / EUR  1250. / export price EUR  1188. (c. US$ 1373.) + shipping

In  the  Fine  Contemporary  Binding  by  Hersant

Fisher, P(etrus! = William Andrew Chatto). The Angler’s Souvenir. Assisted by several eminent Piscatory Characters. With

31  copperplates

by Henry Beckwith and Topham. London, Henry G. Bohn, 1845. Sm. 8vo. Engraved title, X, 192 pp. Contemp. calf by Hersant on 4 ribs with book-plate, double gilt lines and cornerfleurons, blind stamped line, gilt leading edges, blind stamped inside border, and marbled fly leaves. Gilt edges.

BMC LXXIII, 702 (differing as published 1835 in accordance with the same date mentioned in dedication and foreword here); Westwood, p. 93 ( “The work is clever and caustic, and contains a critique of several of the angling books of the day” ). – Not in Schwerdt. – The faded binding somewhat rubbed. The plates partly a little foxed except for a few, i. a. title and dedication, which have been struck more badly. The text, printed on especially strong paper, only just slightly touched on pages vis-à-vis of plates.

With rich varying borders in wood engraving. – Besides an angling scenery the plates mostly show fish, utensils, and flies. – In London since 1830, later also working in New York, Beckwith is known “by fine animal pieces after Landseer” (Thieme-Becker). – And thus in its contents as plentiful as in its outward appearance

splendidly  designed

from borders and illustrations up to the binding. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 12,545 / EUR  660. / export price EUR  627. (c. US$ 725.) + shipping

The  Sportsman  and  Naturalist  in  Canada

King, W. Ross. The Sportsman and Naturalist in Canada, or Notes on the natural history of the game, game birds, and fish of that country. With

6  chromolithographs

by W. L. Walton for Hanhart and 13 wood engravings. London, Hurst & Blackett, 1866. Large 8vo. XVI pp., errata slip, 1 l., 334 pp. Richly gilt green orig. cloth. Uncut.

Ross King, Masq. Alloncé

Schwerdt I, 284 (“ The  coloured  lithographs  are  good ”); Sabin 37857; Westwood p. 127. – Not in Nissen, Souhart + Staton/Tr. – First edition. – Title, contents, and chapter contents in red and black, section headlines in red. – A few isolated tiny mould stains, one plate foxed verso. Leading edges and capitals slightly rubbed. Otherwise fresh and with wide margins. – With two hunting ex-libris.

Offer no. 11,777 / EUR  404. / export price EUR  384. (c. US$ 444.) + shipping

Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Two Anglers by a river. Round about decoration of all kind. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818), united with his son. 1808. 6½ × 5½ in (16.6 × 14 cm).

Frontispiece to “Kerby”. – Cook’s smaller version without Hogarth’s interpretation of his intention: to show the result of non-observance of perspective. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.

Offer no. 8,987 / EUR  81. (c. US$ 94.) + shipping

Howitt, Samuel (1756 – Somers Town 1822). Seamen killing a Polar Bear. There is no chance for the bear against the seamen armed with boat-hooks and guns even when one of the two hounds will not survive the embrace. Aquatint together with Matthew Dubourg (fl. London 1808-38) in the original coloring. London, Edward Orme, 1813. 7⅛ × 9¼ in (18.1 × 23.4 cm).

Samuel Howitt, Seaman killing Polar Bear

From Foreign Field Sports. – Schwerdt I (1928), 177 ff.: “The coloured plates … especially those drawn by Howitt, are fine, both as regards draughtsmanship and colouring … (The book) is sure to increase in value …”. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 11,770 / EUR  117. (c. US$ 135.) + shipping

– – The Bear Trap. The bear in the pit. Originally colored aquatint together with Dubourg as before. – Two sides of the wide white margin somewhat foxed. One spot also in the clean top margin. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 11,761 / EUR  101. (c. US$ 117.) + shipping

– – A Trap to Shoot the Bear. TThe bear in the spring-gun, stretched up high, reaching in strained expectation for the honey-pot, licking the freely running golden juice, and by this triggering the two shots. Aquatint in the original coloring as above. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 11,776 / EUR  107. (c. US$ 124.) + shipping

Dixon, William Scarth. Hunting in the Olden Days. London, Constable, 1912. Large 8vo. XIII, 386 pp. With frontispiece in heliography + 89 illustrations (counted as 84) mostly after engravings + paintings, but also photographs, on 66 especially buff art paper plates. Orig. h. leather with gilt back + covers. Gilt top edge. Two sides uncut.

Not in Schwerdt, there only two other titles. – Title in red + black. – On Antique de Luxe hand-made paper. – With bibliography (3 pp.) + index (12 pp.). – Back paled into medium brown, the green cloth covers somewhat spotted.

Offer no. 14,356 / EUR  199. (c. US$ 230.) + shipping

Snyders, Frans (1579 Antwerp 1657). (The Bear-Baiting.) The mighty bear resisiting the pack. Steel engraving by Thomas Heawood (fl. about 1850 – d. Leipsic before 1911). C. 1860. 5⅞ × 6½ in (14.8 × 16.6 cm).

Offer no. 4,913 / EUR  50. (c. US$ 58.) + shipping

Exciting  Large Sheet  of  a  Bear-Baiting

of  the  Ridinger  Time

Oudry, Jean Baptiste (Paris 1686 – Beauvais 1755) – Period – Bear-Baiting. Bear fighting with five hounds the one of them he has finished while another is clutched by him. Three further are coming along. Pen and brush in shaded black brown washed and heightened with a little white. 13⅝ × 21⅞ in (347 × 557 mm).

Jean Baptiste Oudry / Period, Bear Baiting

On thin greyish blue laid paper old mounted on laid paper and inscribed by unknown hand as Jean Baptist Oudry. Of three longitudinal folds including already the mounting paper only the middle one as centerfold sharper. Rubbing marks, some small loss of paper in the outermost margins of both sides and below left.

Outstanding work of great compactness reaching its enormous suspense by renunciation of as good as every trimming as known already by works of the old Dutch master. Compare, e.g., Peter Bol’s etched mainwork of a boar hunt Andresen I, 143. Contrasting to this the soft character as typical for Oudry in many cases. Here supported by the paper. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 13,021 / price on application

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). (The Bear Looking for Honey). Etching + engraving. (1738.) Inscribed in the plate: J. E. Ridinger inv. fec. et exc. Aug. Vind. / N. 39., title as above. 7¼ × 6¼ in (18.5 × 14.8 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 429. – Plate 39 of the suite Design of Several Animals (“These plates are much wanted and frequently copied”, Th. 1856). – Wide-margined wonderful print of the 1st edition.

“ Sitting beyond a hollow trunk in which a swarm of bees resides and trying to get rid of the bees (buzzing all around) stinging him in the face. ”

Offer no. 7,297 / EUR  217. (c. US$ 251.) + shipping

– – – (Posture of a Bear just when he starts to march down a Mountain.) Not good looking he takes the head between the paws and tumbles in such a manner downwards as Ridinger describes separately. Etching + engraving as above. Inscribed in the plate: J. E. R. fec. / N. 40., otherwise in German as before.

Thienemann + Schwarz 430; Ridinger catalogue Darmstadt, 1999, III.5 with ills. – Plate 40 of the set.

Offer no. 7,298 / EUR  217. (c. US$ 251.) + shipping

– – – (The Bear in the Lair sucking on his Paws.) Etching + engraving as above. Inscribed in the plate: J. E. R. fec. / N. 41., otherwise in German as before. – Thienemann + Schwarz 431. – Plate 41 of the set. – The title partly a little weak.

Offer no. 7,299 / EUR  202. (c. US$ 234.) + shipping

– – – (The Bear frightened.) Before his den confronted with a snake dating its tongue. Etching + engraving as above. Inscribed in the plate: J. E. R. fec. / N. 42., otherwise in German as before. – Thienemann + Schwarz 432. – Plate 42 of the set.

Offer no. 7,300 / EUR  217. (c. US$ 251.) + shipping

– – – (A Bear consuming his Prey.) In the forest under a strong trunk over a roe. Etching + engraving as above. Inscribed in the plate: J. E. R. fec. / N. 44., otherwise in German as before. – Thienemann + Schwarz 434. – Plate 44 of the set.

Offer no. 7,302 / EUR  228. (c. US$ 264.) + shipping

Fyt, Jan (1611 Antwerp 1661). (The Bear-Baiting.) The bear by the opening of a den hard-pressed by many hounds, but still with good chance to survive if no hunters will come along. On the right prospects over a wide river valley. Chalk lithograph by Johann Woelfle (Endersbach, Wurttemberg, 1807 – Faurndau/Göppingen 1893) for Piloty & Loehle in Munich printed with beige tone plate. (1837/51.) 10¼ × 13⅛ in (26 × 33.2 cm).

Jan Fyt, Bear Baiting

Nagler, Woelfle, 51. – Compare with Nagler XI, 312 ff. (Piloty) + IV, 539 f. (Fyt). – Not in Schwerdt. – On mounted China. – Quite faint little fox-spots on the right of the lower margin, a marginal tear acid-freely repaired, otherwise impeccable. – Published within (The Most Excellent Paintings from the Royal Galleries at Munich and Schleißheim) edited by Piloty since 1834 + 1837 together with Loehle resp. Among that Woelfle’s main sheets.

Fyt was surely the best pupil of the great Frans Snyders mentioned before as “The most important Still Life and Animal Painter of Flemish Art, maybe even of his epoch” (Catalogue Berlin/Dahlem, 1975, p. 405). – See the complete description.

Offer no. 28,066 / EUR  302. / export price EUR  287. (c. US$ 332.) + shipping

Thoman(n) von Hagelstein, Tobias Heinrich (1700 Augsburg 1764). Assault by a Lion on a Fallow-deer pursued by a  Bear. Sliding down a rock the lion has grasped the deer while the bear appears above behind a fallen tree. Lower right a fox before a hole as surprised as not unwilling to take his part of the prey of the great game. Specially in view of the anticipated quarrel between them. Mezzotint in brown. Inscribed in the plate: T. Heinr. Thoman del. fec. et excud. A. V. 19 × 14½ in (48.2 × 36.7 cm).

Schwerdt III, 172 ( “interesting” ). – Compare with ADB XXXVIII, 65 f. – Plate 1 of a four-plate suite of not numbered fights of beasts, possibly before the Hertel address as in Schwerdt, too, after Thieme-Becker mention “some sets of Animal Fights and Huntings published by J. Gg. Hertel (4 sheet …)”. – Watermark (figurative/typographic?). – Latin-German two-liner:

Thoman von Hagelstein, Lion assaulting Bear pursuing Fallow-deer

Here  lies  the  fallow-deer  the  bear  just  got
the  lion  deprives  him  the  prey  and  lets  the  bear  growl.

With surrounding paper margins of 2-2.5 cm. – Smoothed centerfold. – Two small shaves retouched. – Backside evenly slightly browned, namely the white margins just lightly foxing. Otherwise

wonderful  warm-toned  impression

as reserved to only the first 50-60 from the delicate mezzotint plate. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 28,139 / EUR  885. / export price EUR  841. (c. US$ 972.) + shipping

The  Wealth  of  Information

in  a  Fine  Library  Copy

Sportsman’s Dictionary, The; containing Instructions for various methods to be observed in riding, hunting, fowling, setting,  fishing, racing, farriery, hawking, breeding and feeding horses for the road and turf; the management of dogs, game and dunghill-cocks, turkeys, geese, ducks … and the manner of curing their various diseases and accidents. Improved and enlarged by Henry James Pye. 5th ed. With

17  copperplates .

London, John Stockdale, 1807. 4to. VII, 547 pp. Fine dark-brown h. leather on 5 ribs with ruby red covers, broad leather corners, red back-plate, gilt and blind stamped lines, and coloured fly leaves. Brown edges.

Souhart 389 f. – Mr. Schwerdt possessed only three editions of different volume and size from 1735-1778 differingly titled “The Sportsman’s Dictionary; or, the (Country) Gentleman’s Companion, in all Rural Recreations” and “for Town and Country” (II, 220 f.) resp. But also the edition offered here not unknown to him: “Pye (H. J.) also re-issued ‘The Sportsman’s Directory’, 1807” (II, 118). The frontispiece – a white horse before the stable held by a groom and marked with 45 numbers for his body areas – by Thomas Cook as mentioned by Schwerdt already for the 1778 edition.

The plates instructively illustrating  angling – bird-catching + -hunting  and  all  kinds  of  nets , baskets + weir-baskets  for  fishing , small game + wolf hunting .

Two names on the fly leaves. – The frontispiece a little waterstained but hardly impairing the picture itself. Only quite weakly waterstained also four plates, but only on two of which reaching also into the picture. A few plates and pages slightly or a little more foxed. A discoulering impairing frontispiece and the little browned title below up to maximal 2⅜ × 4 in (6 × 10 cm) touching also the extreme outer margin of the following ca. 20 ll. – One repaired tear. – The somewhat rubbed front cover with a small retouched missing place. Otherwise almost impeccable copy.

Offer no. 13,139 / EUR  765. / export price EUR  727. (c. US$ 840.) + shipping

“ The Delight of Sportsmen
at the Beginning of the Century ”

(Morgan George Watkins, Dictionary of National Biography)

Daniel, W(illia)m B(arker). Rural Sports. 2 vols. With engraved and (1) ill. titles by Peter William Tomkin (c. 1763 – c. 1836) and

63  ( 1 double page )  copperplates

by John Scott (London about 1778 – after 1821) after Stephan Elmer (Farnham, Sussex, – 1795, 10), Sawry Gilpin (Carlisle 1733 – London 1807, 10), and others. (London,) Bunny & Gold, (1801-)02. Large 4°. 5 nn. ll., 388 pp.; 3 nn. ll., 520 pp., 2 nn. ll. Brown half leather with gilt back-plate, blind stamping, broad leather edges, and marbled boards. Top edge brown, otherwise paled dotted edges.

BMC IIL, 328; Souhart 132; Schwerdt I, 133 (later edition). –  First  edition. – On broad Whatman paper of 1794 + 1801. A few plates trimmed within the white platemark, only one title within the publisher’s adress. A few marginal tears repaired. The plates mostly in the white margins a little foxed, only a few + the titles seized more. A few quires evenly slightly browned, otherwise as a whole of great freshness.

The several chapters on hounds – with 50 pages on medicines – , different game as fox, stag, hare, martin, birds (110 pp. with 19 plates), and others more. Furthermore describing origin, principles, and development of hunting laws as a whole as especially related to fish, birds, and hounds. Finally hints on arms and ammunition. Indexes for each volume. – Of definitive thematic priority


containing on 373 pp. and 18 plts. besides numerous descriptions of species with instructions for hauling + needed flies 22 pages especially about making flies and 98 pages with descriptions of the waters, arranged to counties of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

Illustrated and engraved by the best of their time. Scott had

“ the name of one of the most credited engravers of his motherland. He had also the merit of an excellent drawer, who used the graver with a mastery as to be found in first rate sheets only. He stands alone in his superior style of engraving … Some of his sheets are united in éditions de luxe, so separately they are rare or even not to be found ”

(Nagler XVI, 179). And Gilpin , “… a fine English animal painter … named: Apostle of the North” (N. V, 174) – was esteemed as “one of the most important British horse painters. But he had also done excellent with the depiction of other wild animals” (Thieme-Becker XIV, 49). – Elmer “depicted wild and house birds which earned him great applause. He was even to be put aside of the Dutch painters …” (N. IV, 110).

A  fine  copy  of  this  fascinatingly  illustrated ,

as  well  as  textually  well-founded  manual .

Offer no. 13,130 / EUR  956. / export price EUR  908. (c. US$ 1050.) + shipping

Sherer, John. Rural Life. Described and Illustrated, in the management of Horses, Dogs, Cattle, Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, etc., etc.: Their Treatment in Health and Disease; with authentic information on all that relates to Modern Farming, Gardening, Shooting, Angling … and a complete system of modern veterinary practice. With 5 woodcuts in the text and

88  steel  engravings  on  64 (3 folded) plates .

London + New York, London Printing and Publishing Comp., (ca. 1870). 4to. Engraved title, XVI, 1016 pp. Black orig. leather on 4 ribs with richest ornamental back-stamping, partly repeated broad gold and blind stamped fillets on both covers and blue-green marbled fly leaves. Faded red punctate edges.

Not in Schwerdt. – Binding somewhat rubbed and timemarked, lower capital with a little leather defect on 1.5 cm length. – One quire (pp. 889-896) twofold bound in. – Frontispiece and the engraved title quite slightly waterstained. Otherwise of fine freshness except for only very isolated smallest mould stains.

The plates mostly with pictorial sceneries – among them races and huntings – , but also with anatomical and technical details. – Concentrated on

horses  (364 pp.)  –  hunting  (121 pp.)  –  dogs  (125 pp.) .

Further articles on cattle , sheep , pigs + poultry (together 273 pp.) , bees (9 pp.) , principles and machines of modern farming (42 pp.) , gardening (68 pp.) ,  angling  (14 pp.) and index (4 pp.) . – In such a way


See the complete description.

Offer no. 13,131 / EUR  762. / export price EUR  724. (c. US$ 837.) + shipping

Dramatic  Scenery  –  The Atmosphere is charged with Suspense

The Bees feel Bothered  –  The Bear takes no Pleasure in it

Finest from the Finest among Ridinger’s Drawings

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Spring-Gun on a Bear. The bear, stretched up high, reaching in strained expectation for the honey-pot buzzed about by innumerable bees and licking the golden juice running freely, in the moment of the shots coming off from two sides. Joined by two ropes the bait is mounted to the cross-beam of a trestle resting on strong palisades. Washed brush and pen and brown ink over somewhat graphite. 8⅜ × 13⅝ in (213 × 346 mm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Spring-Gun on a Bear

Drawing in the same direction, thus  before  its side-inverted version for the transfer on the plate as preparatory for print 8, Thienemann + Schwarz 76, of the 30-sheet set “Ways to trap the Wild Animals” published 1750 (“beautiful and strange sheets of a highly interesting work”, Nagler). In Thienemann only a larger variant and two other preparatory drawings to this set (p. 274c) from the famous Ridinger collection of Mr. Weigel at Leipsic. Known furthermore seven others of the same provenance (a Westphalian Ridinger collection, amongst further drawings and sketches also graphical proofs) as the one offered here, of which two by two were supplied here, too, to an internationally magnificent private collection and to a most important Rhenish Ridinger collection resp., while another – the Lynx by the Turnpike, Th. + Schwarz 82 – is still available).

One  of  the  Master’s  Quite  Especially  Pictorial  Drawings

as  a  Uniqueness  of  Highest  Quality

on thin hand-made paper with typographic watermark. – On the back marginal marks of former mounting in points. Right top corner with a minimal repaired defect, hardly visible only. One 2 cm marginal tear repaired. Apart from that in perfect condition. – Quite wonderful item as one of the small group of quite especially pictorial drawings amidst the previous fullness dominated by its fascinating wash with its richness of light contrast. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 14,973 / price on application

“The  Lioness  with  her  cubs  attacked  by  a  Bear”

as  plate  2  of  the  8-sheet  set  Ridinger  held  back  for  decades

– – – (Fights of Killing Animals) or The Big Five. Set of 8 sheet (c. 15 × 11⅝ in [38 × 29.5 cm]). Etched/engraved by Johann Elias himself (the first four after drawings from the thirties (Rolf Biedermann in the Augsburg catalogue 1967) to which his equal friend Brockes, 1680-1747, in Hamburg contributed quite remarkable verses) + by Martin Elias (the second part after drawings of his father made in the year of publication only; the verses in Brockes’ spirit). (1760.) Large fol. Boards brown-stamped on front cover in slipcase.

Thienemann ( “Rare”, 1856! ) + Schwarz 716-723; Cat. Weigel 16,545 (“Old impressions now to be found only rarely”, 1847!) + XXVIII, 40A (of C); (Ridinger) Cat. Helbing XXXIV, 1259 (“Very rare set”, 1900, but Th. 717 in a later impression only); Cat. Augsburg 1967 (three sheet only); Cat. Darmstadt IV.1-IV.7 (without plate 8), all illustrated.

Very fine early impressions preserved as part of a contemporary album separated now. – Wide margins above and below, at the sides differently less. Most of the margins, partly also in places only, for the most part only a little foxed. Two small tears in the lower margin repaired acid-freely.

The Horse and the Lion / The Aurochs and the Tiger (recte panther) / Lioness with Cub by a Rock attacked by an “enormously  large  bear / The Furious Leopard (recte tiger) lacerating an Ass / The “Pardel” (Thienemann: maybe the Cougar, felis concolor. Linn., or the American lion) over a Camel / The Elephant and the Rhinoceros / The Wild Buffalo and the Crocodile / The Hippopotamus and the Lion.

Beyond the ostensible theme the first part of the set includes, ingeniously packed up, a politically quite spectacular message in the sense of “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” as quite surely deliberately ignored by Thienemann and now disclosed here for the first time. See to this the enlarged and revised internet version of

The  Dresden  Address  “(The Minimized Ridinger)”.

See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,449 / price on application

Aubry, Charles (France 1st h. of the 19th cent.). Chasses Anciennes d’après les Manuscrits des XIV & XVe Siècles. Set of  12  lithographs  (13¾-16⅜ × 10⅝-11⅜ in [35-41.5 × 27-29 cm]). Paris, Ch. Motte, 1837. Large folio. Loosely in orig. laid watermarked wrapper with illustrated lith. front cover in colour. Uncut.

Schwerdt I, 47; Souhart 28; Lipperheide Tf 24; AKL V, 587, mixing l’Histoire de l’Equitation + Chasses Anciennes to one work, described bibliographically incorrectly, too. – On large strong paper with publishers’ dry-stamp. – Some small tears in the wide white margins restored acid-free. Mostly only within the latters quite minimal brown spots and quite outside a faint tidemark. The wrapper time-marked as usual but without impairment of its illustration which is dominated by silence as well as rich happening.

Quite in contrast to the “Equitation” set, mentioned also within the title here, rare as also qualified by Boerner (CXII, 2296) already in 1912.

Designed in the so-called troubadour style with a main picture as total scenery and a number of instructive smaller details, explained by text strewn in. By which Aubry (“known lithographer”, Thieme-Becker) “achieved an exemplary effect in his genre. In the late work he renounced quite to this framework. 1822 professor for painting at the Ecole Royale de Cavalerie at Saumur” (AKL). – Signed and monogrammed (2) resp. in the stone throughout, 3 dated with 1835 and 1836 (2) resp.

Une St. Hubert – Chasse au sanglier – Chasse au cerf –  Chasse  de  l’antilope  au  léopard  – La chasse du loup – Chasse au faucon – Chasse au lievre à force – Des chiens courans –  Chasse  de  gazelles – Sous Charlemagne (i. a. with a splendid hunting pageant with  falconers, the large pack of hounds,  bears, lions and cats, partly tamed) – Chasse de l’autruche et de l’éléphant – Chasse au renard . – See the complete description.

Offer no. 12,101 / EUR  620. / export price EUR  589. (c. US$ 681.) + shipping

„ als passionierte Reiterin sind Bilder Ridingers ein Muß! “

(Frau G. G., 9. Januar 2012)


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