“ The  care  of  the  hounds

let  be  highly  recommended  to  you … ”

“ Especially  excellent  are  the  sheets  with  the  hounds  which ,

describing  the  life  of  these  so  to  speak ,

are  a  treasure  for  the  huntsman ”



Langlumé (lithographer provable in Paris before 1822, last 1824). Hound + Pointer. With stretched body and in stretched running resp. at work. 2 sheet. Colored chalk lithographs. 8¼-9¼ × 10¼-11¼ in (21-23.5 × 26-28.5 cm). – Thieme-Becker XXII, 351.



of  these  early  lithographs .

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The  Four  Seasons  of  the  Hounds

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Spring of the Hounds. Washed brush drawing over pencil. within the subject below left inscribed with pale pencil: Joh. Elias Ridinger inv. et del. 17¼-17⅜ × 13¼ in (438-440 × 336 mm) (subject size 16¾-16⅞ × 13¼ in [426-429 × 336 mm]).

Johann Elias Ridinger, The original preparatory drawing to "The Spring of the Hounds"

The  pictorial  preparatory  drawing

in reverse to sheet 1 – Th. 105, illustrated in Blüchel, Die Jagd, II, p. 79 – of the Four Seasons of the Hounds supposed for the early ’40s, furnished with marks of trace and, on the back, red chalk, on strong, but not heavy laid paper with watermark “IV” as known for the time and proven here for Ridinger, e.g., for his 1723 drawing Alexander the Great at the Hyphasis 326 just as for two sheets of the Ten Plates Monkeys most likely published colored only by the sons as second edition.

Of best condition except for a pinhead-small hole and, predominantly on the back, seven marginal traces of former mounting in spots on a sheet removed only by now (on this by old hand in italics as inscription in the center “Coursing” and on the right “Ridinger”). In the center of the narrow white subfield of the drawing itself a “20.” in pencil as supposed inventory number of a former owner and therefore mark of origin of a more comprehensive collection of drawings.

The  also  by  its  size  marvelous  drawing

for the opening sheet of this wanted rich set. – Contrary to the etching the pack leader’s tip of the tail a little less formed and the waterhound’s left foreleg concealed under the belly.

To the complex of the hounds’ Four Seasons Thienemann (1856, portfolio 2, e, page 275) was only acquainted with the likewise washed drawing of the Summer sheet (Th. 106) from the Weigel stock, which is, however, not anymore in Weigel’s Catalogue of the Bequeathed Drawings and Prints of 1869 (see there pp. 197 ff.). Then there was, also to the Summer sheet, the likewise large-sized and washed skeleton study to its stag in the “Fine Collection of Drawings and Engravings of Joh. Elias Ridinger from the Possession of a Wellknown Collector” sold by Wawra in Vienna in 1890 (no. 67). And 1900 in Helbing’s huge Ridinger catalogue (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger, XXXIV, 1547) the “brilliant pen and ink drawing in outline” of the same size to the Fall sheet. Here finally known, too, the equally large one of Winter. And the

completely  executed , ultimate  one  of  the  Spring  sheet

now present here after long absence from the market – to the best of the knowledge here it was sold last in spring 1969 – in finest condition.

Extraordinarily charming finally the duplication of the master’s working process on the transfer to the copper plate in the form of the already mentioned red chalking and tracing, the latter down to sub-parts as not used generally. By this, however, allowing the that wanted, as famous as precious “view over the shoulder”.

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Co-Founder  of  the  Family  Dynasty  of  Karlsbad  Glass  Cutters

Pfeiffer, Josef Anton (1807 Karlsbad c. 1870). Female hound with six puppies in a strawlaid shed. On the right low wooden water trough.

Josef Anton Pfeiffer, Female hound with six puppies

Body  color  heightened  with  white

with partial white glazing. On the back inscribed in ink by own hand: J. Anton Pfeiffer / 1825. 15¾ × 21⅝ in (40 × 55 cm).

Thieme-Becker XXVI, 527. – Early work by Josef Anton, who together with his elder brother Anton Heinrich represents the start of the family dynasty of Karlsbad glass cutters. See hereto also Pazaurek, Gläser der Empire und Biedermeierzeit, Leipsic 1923. – Lower right in pencil by different hand: Ant. Pfeiffer 1825. – Above with narrow paper margin, else trimmed at, partly just within the borderline. At the right edge at three places traces of former mounting extending up to 5 mm into the subject.

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Wintter, Joseph Georg (1751 Munich 1789). Three Dogs, among them Hound + Bulldog, before Kennel disputing over Bones. Etching. Inscribed: Jos Geo: Wintter inv fecc et excc . 4¼ × 6⅞ in (10.9 × 17.5 cm).

Niemeyer 125, II. – Obviously not belonging to any of the Nagler sets if not belonging to Niem. 3-14. – From the 44-sheet Augsburg omnibus edition on buff paper Schwerdt III, 190, a ( “Rare”, 1928 ) of 1821 the earliest. The wonderful quality of its impressions discloses the small editions and caused Schwerdt, not knowing the chronological factor, to assume proofs before the letter in many cases. But already on occasion of the here not otherwise proven 137-sheet edition Weigel 21336 stated in 1857: “Most sheets very rare”.

His “etchings are fine and stand in their execution between those by Hollar and Riedinger. In 1784 W. became electoral Court and Hunting Engraver” (Nagler in vol. III, no. 68, of his Dictionary of Monogramists of 1863 and on his part additionally referring to the rarity of these fine plates).

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The  Pointers’  Four  Duties

Represented  surprisingly  inadequately  in  Old  Inventories

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Pointers in Action. Set of 4 sheet. Etching with engraving. Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger inv. del. sc. et exc. A. V., otherwise in German as below. 11⅛-11⅜ × 9⅞-10⅛ in (28.2-28.9 × 25-25.8 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 101-104; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger 9 A (“Old impressions on laid paper.”); Nagler 23; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1790 (“newer impressions”, 1885); Collection Reich auf Biehla 17 (2 of which as “new impressions”, 1894); Georg Hamminger collection 1540 (only 3 sheet, one of which in addition with text margin only); Helbing XXXIV (1900), 241; Schwerdt III (1928), 136. – Not in Coppenrath collection (1889/90).

Pointer before a Hare in the Lair – Pointer on Pheasants – Great Pointer in Action at Partridges – Small Pointer in Action at Quails .

The  extraordinarily  charming  unnumbered  suite

Johann Elias Ridinger, Pointer before HareJohann Elias Ridinger, Pointer on Pheasants

“ worked  by  Ridinger  in  his  best  period ”

(Th.) each in picturesque landscape in conjunction with grain fields, sheet four additionally before a herm splendidly adorned with arabesques and crowned by Augsburg’s cembra nut – “the Pyr, once mark of the Roman legionnaires when they pressed northward, but also ancient symbol of fertility” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Jan. 17, 1985).

Impressions originating from an old omnibus volume of a nobleman on strong laid paper with at least partially typographic watermarks and wide margins of laterally 3-4, above & below 8-10 cm, the first three of which numbered by old hand in bistre XXXXVI-XXXXVIII. – Sheet 1 partly & sheet 4 (7 mm wide light brown streak at the lower far edge) quite marginally below inked a touch to black, otherwise very very fine.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Small Pointer in Action at QuailsJohann Elias Ridinger, Great Pointer in Action at Partridges

Sheets 2 & 4 later with plate nos. 67 and 86 (Schwarz 104a) upper right as mark of their use within later editions of the Wondrous Stags and other Animals and replacing there the original pointers Th. 308 and 328 resp.

Increased by those and two further ones (Th. 274 & 278) one encounters the suite also as 6 and 8-sheet set resp. Correspondingly Th. 274: “Is also sold with the collection: ‘Pointers’ if six piece are stated.” And in 8 sheets numbered consecutively in writing it was included here in an earlier contemporary omnibus volume. Th. 274 & 278 currently available here apart.

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– – – The same with three sheet in warm-toned old impressions on laid paper (at least two of which with typographical watermark identifiable in outline), of which the later impression on wove paper of the pheasant sheet contrasts not disharmoniously also in regard of the margin. The latter 0.8-1 and (pl. 2) 1.7-2 cm resp. around. – Pl. 2 with tiny margin tear backed acid-freely, pl. 4 with small thin spot in the sky part. – See the complete description.

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« A hunter need never be ashamed

to be found in company with his dog ! »

James Fenimore Cooper, The Prairie

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Par force Hunter with the pack. Postcard in rotogravure after Thienemann 115 by O. Felsing, court copperplate printing office, Charlottenburg (Berlin). Same place, Nationaler Verlag Wilhelm Felsing, c. 1900-1918. 5⅜ × 3⅝ in (13.8 × 9.2 cm).

Unused “ARTIST POSTCARD” after the sujet of the Falconers set etched by Martin Elias R. – “He rides an English horse and blows the bugle. The pack accompanies him solemnly and quietly”.

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The  Nymphenburg  Pointer

as  a

Document  of  a  Moment  of  German  History

occasionally  of

the  Return  of  the  Bavarian  Elector  Karl  Albert

as  German  Emperor  Karl VII  to  Munich

by  which  Ridinger  entered  himself  in  the  Book  of  History

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). In the Year 1734 this Well-Trained Pointer has been drawn from  Nature  during his Action inside the Pheasantry by the  Imperial  Pleasure Seat Nymphenburg at Munich (this above the scene together with large column of water). Etching with engraving. Inscribed: 32. / J. E. Ridinger fec. et excud. 1744. , otherwise in German as above. 14½ × 11 in (36.8 × 28.1 cm).

Sheet 32 (Thienemann + Schwarz 274) of the Representation of the Wondrous Stags and Other Animals. – Margins above & below 7.7 and 6.5 resp., laterally 3.3-3.5 cm wide. – Small rust spot in the caption.

The  “imperial”  work  of  1744

by  which  Ridinger  saluted  the  Bavarian  elector  Karl  Albert

on  his  return  to  Munich  in  1744

as  now  Emperor  Charles VII .

Elected and

crowned  by  his  brother  Clemens  August , Elector  of  Cologne ,

as third and last of the Wittelsbacher he was already at Frankfort on the Main in 1742,

where  Goethe’s  father  owed  to  him  his  “Imperial  Councillor”

and  the  mother  dreamed  of  the  melancholy  imperial  eyes ,

but the quarrels attended with that had him kept back there.

By  accentuation  of  the  Munich  castle  Nymphenburg

Johann Elias Ridinger, Hüner Hund 1734 beim Lustschloß Nymphenburg

as  “imperial”  from  now  on

Ridinger showed him his reverence. Only one year later the glory of these few years oppressive for the emperor as well as for Bavaria and Germany ended by death. But with the etching of 1744

Ridinger  had  entered  himself  into  the  book  of  history .

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Augsburg’s  Cembra  Nut — Immortalized  by  Ridinger

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Small Pointer before Quails. In front of a herm splendidly adorned with arabesques and crowned with the Augsburg coat of arms cembra nut amidst sumptuous landscape. In front right grain field. Etching and engraving. Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger inv. del. sc. et exc. A. V., otherwise in German as above. 11½ × 10¼ in (29.2 × 26.1 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 104. – Final sheet of the unnumbered 4-sheet set of the Pointers,

Johann Elias Ridinger, Pointer

“ worked  by  Ridinger  in  his  best  period ”.

The old written bistre numbering “26” upper right to the opinion here by Ridinger himself. Schwarz 104a records as variant a copy numbered in print there with “86” as hint for its use as sheet 86 of the Presentation of the Wondrous Stags and other Animals instead of the otherwise regular Well-Trained Pointer as it stands before Partridges as work of 1766 by the son Martin Elias after his father’s design of 1757 as variant of the 3rd sheet of the set of Pointers (Large Pointer standing for Partridges, Th. 103). – Watermark noticeable in outline.

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“ As  Cynologist

Beckmann  was  a  First-Class  Authority ”

Beckmann, Ludwig. (History and Description of the Races of the Dog. With the co-operation of the most notable breeders and judges, and in accord with the officially recognized race marks of the authoritative societies at home and abroad, published and illustrated by …, hunt and animal painter in Dusseldorf.) In German. 2 vols. Incl. two frontispieces with

86  (83 mounted)  plates  in  wood  engraving

Ludwig Beckmann, Coloring of the coatLudwig Beckmann, Abrasion of the fangs and incisorsLudwig Beckmann, The fading of the pigment of the coat

and  lithography  (3, 2 of which in color)

as  well as  numerous  wood  engravings  within  the  text .

Brunswick, Vieweg and Son, 1894/95. In-4. XV, 386 pp., 1 l. errata; XIII, 351 pp. Brown orig. h. calf-binding with broad leather corners, textured board covers, and blind-patterned white silk fly-leaf. Marbled color edges. – Nissen 278.


in decidedly fine copy with just slight brightening of the decorative gilt tooled back with its two back-plates each. – With engraved “He” and “She” exlibris resp. of the same collection.

The wood engravings – printed on thin paper the plates are mounted on light carton with typographic imprint – from the xylographic studios of Brend’amour, Dusseldorf, + Vieweg themselves, the paper by Vieweg Bros., Wendhausen. The three lithographed plates by the Berlin court lithographer W. Greve.

While the wood engravings within the text already show a plenty of dogs besides anatomical depictions so the plates

84  pedigree  dogs  apart  or  as  couple  or  group  resp.

as well as one skeleton + development of the teeth each. The plate wood engravings throughout, those within the text frequently with Beckmann’s signature or monogram in the block, now and then also that of the engraver, especially the plates partly additionally with Brend’amour’s address.

Ludwig  Beckmann  (Hanover 1822 – Dusseldorf 1902) originally was carriage builder “and as such also literarily (‘On the Consequence of the Carriage in Cultural History’) active in his profession.

His  passion  for  the  hunt  resulted  in  the  study  of  game  life ,

game painting, and once more by way of literature animal illustration

in  which  he  achieved  outstandingly

… He became best known by his drawings for wood engraving, however … for which he partially also wrote the text himself …

As  cynologist  Beckmann  was

a  first-class  authority ”

(Thieme-Becker III, 156).

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Johann Elias Ridinger, LeaderJohann Elias Ridinger, Bloodhound

Following  Johann  Elias  Ridinger’s  Etchings  of  the  Hounds  of  1738  from the just as rich as beautiful suite Design of Several Animals, As such have been drawn from Life after their differentiated Kinds, Actions and Passions. Varying inscriptions (J. E. R. fec. / J. E. Ridinger inv. (del.) fec. et exc. A(ug). V(ind).), titles as quoted in German. C. 7⅛-7⅞ × 5¾-6⅛ in (18-20 × 14.5-15.5 cm). – Instructive sheets (“much wanted”, Thienemann already in 1856) in fine impressions of the  first  edition  on strong paper with margins above & below c. 4-9 cm, laterally 1.5-2.5 cm wide. – Here and there on the left 1 cm narrow fold strip from previous stitching. – At the upper edge still both the two original fine pricks.

Larger Kind of Bärenbeisser. Vigorously to the right on a ledge. – Thienemann 392.

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Smaller Kind of Bärenbeisser. In rock ambience vigorously to the right. – Thienemann 393.

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Leader. In thick wood at stretched leash wound around a branch, “he sniffs at deer scents” (Th.). – Thienemann 394. – Illustration

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English par force and German Hounds. The former coupled resting to the right, the latter spotted ones to the left. – Thienemann 395.

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French par Force Hounds. Four of them before the stone basin of a park. – Thienemann 396.

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Smooth and shaggy common Greyhounds. Two of them, coupled, resting and sitting resp. to the right.– Thienemann 397. – Illustration

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Great Irish Greyhound. Presumably the Irish Wolfhound, attentively scenting big in lake landscape. – Thienemann 398. – Illustration

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Turkish grey or par force Hound. Standing to the left before mountainous scenery. – Thienemann 399.

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Bloodhound. In full action in thick Ridinger wood. – Thienemann 400. – Illustration

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Boar=Finder. “A small, wire-haired, angry dog, barking” (Th.) in thick wood. – Thienemann 401.

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Boar Hounds. Standing expectantly-impatiently and lying vigorously-attentively resp. – Thienemann 402.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, Smooth and shaggy common GreyhoundsJohann Elias Ridinger, Great Irish Greyhound

Light Cours Hounds. Only one, big in hilly landscape. – Thienemann 403.

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Spaniel and Small Pointers. Five of them before overgrown picket fence. – Thienemann 404.

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Small Grey English Hare and Stober Hounds. Six of them at mountainous edge of the wood, “two pairs coupled, the stoberhund wire-haired”. – Thienemann 405.

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Tachs=Schlieffer, Tachs=Würger. Three dachshunds on a hill. – Thienemann 406.

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Otter Hounds, and Water Hound. Four of them before mountainous waterfall. – Thienemann 407.

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Danish, and various Poodle Hounds. “The Dane rests, three poodles in various positions”.– Thienemann 408.

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The  Leader  with  the  28-Pointer

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This Stag of 28. Points has been shot by His Serene Highness the ruling Sire Landgrave (Louis VIII) of Hesse Darmstatt 1742. the 10th 8bris near Battenberg in the forest of the same name. Above the already bagged stag the leashed leader, on the right very nicely the flint-lock gun with the ramrod attached to the gun barrel. Etching & engraving. Inscribed: 57. / Joh. El. Ridinger del. sculps. et exc. Aug. Vind. 1753., otherwise in German as above. 13½ × 9⅝ in (34.2 × 24.5 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 299; Ridinger Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, VI.3 with ill.; Siebert-Weitz, Ridinger, 1999, pp. 28 f. with ill. – Plate 57 of the till today unmatched comprehensive standard work Exact and True Representation of Both the Most Wondrous Deer and Other Particular Animals … of the Rarities showing in Nature published for subscription. – With 21 × 14⅛ in (53.3 × 36 cm) sheet size extremely wide-margined impression on laid paper with typographical watermark untrimmed on three sides. – Two tiny(est) tears backed acid-freely in the 9.5 cm wide white lower margin.

Ridinger, Stag of 28 Points with Leader

“ Above  (the  stag)  stands  a  so-called  leader …

(His) lead is to be seen distinctly in the picture.
By it the hound is leashed right below ”

(S.-Weitz with 10th September as hunting day as against Catalog Darmstadt with 10th October in harmony with the description both in the painting by Stockmar ibid. VI.3a – “(on the Dodenau pasture on the Eder under the Small Pothole in the Battenberg forest on October 10, 1742 – and at the trophy, VI.3b, too).

“ Ridinger’s pictorial invention …

is  artistically  far  superior

to the somewhat formal reproduction of the same stag by Johann Georg Stockmar “

(Morét in Catalog Darmstadt). – See the complete description.

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Was  Ridinger  shy

at  Confrontation  with  the  Own  Work ?

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Innocence suppressed by an Invent Pretext. A hare escaped from three dogs on a rock falling a victim to a wonderfully feathered falcon swooping down. Etching and engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). After 1767. Inscribed in the plate: J. El. Ridinger. inv: et del. / M. El. Ridinger. sc. et exc: A. V., otherwise as above in German, Latin, and French. 13¼ × 9¾ in (33.5 × 24.9 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 784; Metzner-Raabe, Illustr. Fabelbuch, 1998, vol. II (Bodemann), 123.I. – Sheet 20 of the Fables. – Quite wonderful impression probably watermarked WANGEN along with a figurative label. – With 5-27 mm wide margins all-around. – The repeated “.” after Ridinger not quoted by Schwarz. Instead of the “:” after “inv” here there only a full stop and instead of the “:” after FABUL mentioned by Thienemann + Schwarz for plates X ff. here always only a full stop.

Johann Elias Ridinger, The Innocence suppressed by an Invent Pretext

The  exceptionally  rare  last  supplementary  sheet

as the final one of the intellectually as optically exceedingly charming “Instructive Fables from the Animal Kingdom for Improvement of the Manners and especially for Instruction of the Youth” by which

“ Ridinger pursued a typical purpose of his epoch. A ‘Correction of Manners’ by the morale efficacy of art – albeit in a quite different manner – William Hogarth, almost of the same age as Ridinger, had attempted by his paintings and prints … Yet while Hogarth and Chodowiecki tried to gain recognition for their (identical) ideas by satirical sets, as A Rake’s Progress, 1735 … Ridinger built on the – especially suitable to him (that is, so he himself, ‘since the hoary times of the ancient ages’) – tradition of the animal fable ”

(Stefan Morét, Ridinger Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, p. 96).

With Ridinger in this case aiming at yet quite another object, that is a social-political one. As already the title

“ The  Innocence  suppressed  by  an  Invent  Pretext ”

given the tenor, so it says in the separately printed text by Brockes (1680 Hamburg 1747)

“ Enough  one  charges  the  poor  with , / What  never  he  had  done . /
The  fresh  rage  of  the  mighty  birds /
hits  very  often  still  the  weak  hare !”

And Thienemann interpreting: “The falcon speaks to the hare and this replies:

‘ Wait, I will teach you to lead the hounds to my nest, for that they will rob me of my young ones!’ / ‘How could we approach ourselves to your aerie without wings?’ / ‘Yea, yea, always you think on my ruin, do you not have wanted to sell me to the hunter two years ago and badly cursed my young ones?’ / ‘There I does not still was born.’ / ‘So it was your mother. O no longer I can tolerate this bad species.’

After this (the falcon) gripped and lacerated the little hare, which dying still cried: ‘Oh, how it is easy for the malice to suppress the innocence!’ … ‘Enough one charges the poor with …’”.

The sentence staying in closest context to the denouncing of the system of absolutism of all times expressed by Brockes/Ridinger by sheets Th. 716-719 of the set Fights of killing Animals. See hereto the 1998 Dresden Address – The Minimized Ridinger.

Artistically beyond all that at the same time also, creating a new image type, leaving behind once more tradition and field. For, so Ulrike Bodemann in Metzner-Raabe,

“ No  similarities  to  fable  illustrations  known  hitherto .

Enormous image sizes filled almost entirely by the representation of a central factor of the fable tale. Surroundings mostly dense, natural wood .”

And Regine Timm, ibid., vol. I, p. 171 :

“ In his large plates Ridinger … sometimes has included vegetable growth or rocks, too, dominantly in his illustrations indeed, but without decorative intention. The plants and rocks mean the thicket, the deserted loneliness of the forest, in which the strange tales among the animals happen. ”

The set consists of 20 plates, of which Johann Elias, however, has published only the first sixteen. Presumably by stylistic scruple. For with the last four, etched/engraved only by his eldest, Martin Elias, and published posthumously, he gives up the superabundance of the previous, his moreover only newly worked fable conception, in favour of a now also for himself thoroughly newly, sovereignly formulated large flat clearness (exemplarily for this especially plts. 17 + 20) with which to grapple with he obviously has shied at the end though. And where to follow him was impossible for Thienemann, too, still one hundred years later (“have less artistic value, but are nevertheless estimable, and their rarity is to be regretted”). What here, however, is regarded as a remarkably advanced artistic expressiveness. Culminating just in the fascination to have created not only a new fable image, but cultivated this, once more in itself, to a new level.

Comparable in this connection, as quoted repeatedly by Ridinger, it may be pointed out to Watteau and here to his “Party in the Open/Park” in Berlin, on which Pierre Rosenberg notes: “… the Berlin painting is

an  evidence  that  the  artist  wished  to  reinvent  himself

by  creation  of  a  new  type  of  composition …”

(Exhibition Catalogue Watteau, Washington/Paris/Berlin 1984/85, p. 415).

Relating to Ridinger quite exemplary his “Memento Mori” Schwarz 1426 worked in mezzotint, for that three states could described here for the first time which document a radicalized spiritualization of the civic fine composition of the picture originally Dutch anchored. In this case promoted by the necessity of retouchings of the mezzotint plate technically conditioned extremely fast wearing off which according to the expert Sandrart (1675) only permits 50-60 good impressions.

Ridinger’s fable image then also a highly momentous milestone within the “basic corpus of about 900 editions of illustrated fable books” up to Chagall’s Lafontaine folio with its 100 etchings worked 200 years later as downright a glaring light for the immortality of the fable illustration.

That Ridinger had conceived his set originally substantially more comprehensively is evidenced by his preparatory drawing to the 20th fable inscribed by him “Fab 31” traded here, that to the 19th inscribed “Fabel 29.” (Weigel, 1869, no. 384), and the one known to Thienemann numbered “30”, yet remained unused like further unnumbered ones.

The practically inevitable great rarity of the four supplementary sheets known to literature since Thienemann’s statement of 1856: they “make themselves very scarce, are already not to be found in some older editions, and have been left out entirely in the latest, what is to be regretted though” (p. 151).

Accordingly then also the 1889 catalog of the Coppenrath Collection on the 20-sheet copy: “Fine main set … Rare”. And in 1900 Helbing qualified in his 1554-item Ridinger catalog (XXXIV): “The last (4) numbers are extremely rare”. And while he owned beside a complete copy multiple single prints of the first sixteen except for 12 & 13, so of the final four plates only 17 & 19 in one additional copy each. On the market till today then almost only the 16-sheet basic set, too.

The different printing states of the title, documenting the repeated editions, besides most beautiful proof of the success of the work, which obviously did reach its particular target group, the youth.

Offer no. 12,514 / EUR  1007. / export price EUR  957. (c. US$ 1106.) + shipping

“ The  care  of  the  hounds

let  be  highly  recommended  to  you … ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Fair Game Hounded by the Different Kinds of Hounds. With annotations how such are hunted, attacked, catched, held fast, brought down, and partly throttled by them … presented and edited by Johann Elias Ridinger painter and engraver, director of the Augsburg Academy, too, in the year 1761. Set of 22 sheet.

Engraved  title  with  large  vignette  of  a  boar-hunt


21  etchings  with  engraving

(11⅛-11⅜ × 9¾-10 in [28.4-28.8 × 24.8-25.3 cm]) in the mixed technique of etching + engraving typical for Ridinger and his time.

Ruby  red  morocco

with 4 ornamental raised bands, 2 dark green back-plates, gilt two-piece title on the front + Ridinger-stag-vignette on the back cover, gilt lines on both, and ridinger handlung niemeyer (ridinger gallery niemeyer) on the inner front cover below, all in 23.5 carat,

Johann Elias Ridinger, Le Grand Exemplaire

in  homogeneous  Solander  box


– traced back here far beyond Thieme-Becker (vol. XXVIII, 1933, p. 308) seamlessly directly to the master’s estate itself and therewith correcting Thienemann who in 1856 declared the plates of this set as being deprived – the

original  printing-plate  to  the  title

in reverse (11¼ × 10 in [28.6 × 25.5 cm]) as removable solitaire laid into the front cover under polycarbonate glass (more resistant to aging + UV light than Plexiglas, but equally sensitive to scratches). Above the artist’s name and below the hall mark as unicum

Johann Elias Ridinger, Le Grand Exemplaire

and on the inner front cover ridinger handlung niemeyer, all gilt tooled as before.

Thienemann + Schwarz 139-160; Weigel, Kunstlager-Cat., XXVIII, 13 A (?, perhaps intermediate state, of A-C); Nagler 16; Coppenrath pt. II, 1464; Schwerdt III (1928), 137 (“An interesting series”). – Illustrations: Schwarz I, plt. VIII; Stubbe, Ridinger, 1966, plts. 14-16; Ridinger Cat. Kielce, 1997, pp. 38-41.

Copy  of  absolutely  uniformly  fine  print  quality ,

most  wide-margined  sheet-size  of  21½-22 × 14⅜-15 in (54.5-56 × 36.5-38 cm) ,

coming  from  an  old  extensive  collection ,

what means,

three  sides  uncut

with  the  original  laid  paper  edges  (sic!) ,

while before binding the left-sided clean cut with practically nevertheless the full 6 cm margin like on the right suggests that two plates each may have been printed on one sheet of paper being in accordance with the size of Ridinger’s largest prints, Th. 67/68, printed from one plate each. In the absence of any traces of tacks and marbling the set was obviously never bound. Only the title, printed differently on especially buff laid paper, cut also at the top and thus with only 53 cm a little shorter.

For comparison :

Schwerdt’s copy reached with only 17½ × 11¾ in (44.5 × 29.8 cm) already the top of its boar-spike !

Isolated typographic watermarks. – Outer margins of the title slightly smudgy and right-sided somewhat teared. Three sheets with original small defects in an outermost marginal corner. Slight trace of squeezing in the white outer margin of XI, a smoothed diagonal fold in left and lower margin touching still the outermost white corner of the plate and a further one, confined to the outer white upper margin, in XII. The general squeezing of the paper of VII predominantly confined to the right half and here noticeable somewhat disturbingly only out of the subject.

Contents :

The European Bison – The Bear (“there is a good engraving of a bear fighting with hounds, pl. 14”, Stubbe) – The Elk – The Red Stag – The Wild Sow or Boar – The Wolf – The White Fir-Stag (Fallow-Deer) – The Wild Swan (“surely the rarer Whooper Swan”) – The Lynx – The Reindeer – The Roe – The Chamois – The Fox – The Beaver – The Otter – The Wildcat – The Hare – The Badger – The Marten – The Polecat, Squirrel and Weasel – Wild Ducks .

Thienemann :

“ Thus a theme with 21 variations … What a variety, what a truth in the expression of emotions! Yes, indeed, he is in fact an animal mind-painter.  Hence  his works speak to us so exceedingly,  hence  we cannot take our eyes off them,  hence  he sticks … always new, valuable and esteemed … One of the later works of Ridinger, but completely done himself alone … ”

On top the figuration closed in an arch. – With 9-13-line caption as well to the game itself as to selection + action of the different races of its assailants. In this instructiveness quite in the sense of Stubbe, who quotes in respect of the Par force Hunting as a further late work (p. 30):

“ … and their captions … bring together the pleasant satisfaction

which  good  informations , devised  thoroughly , can  give .

A  life  full  of  hunting  experience ,

a knowledge, earned in many years by conceivable alert attention, of the causes and considerations which lead to the single steps and hunting practices qualify the artist to define all kinds of hunting

not  only  after  their  execution ,

but  especially  out  of  their  reasons .

This happens … in all shortness … the limited space below the subjects suffices for intensive, yet easily understandable annotations in engraved writing. ”

And so it is the quite extraordinary satisfaction and joy here together to be able not alone to not just present anew this

textually  as  optically  so  splendid  homage  on  our  hounds –

“ The care of the hounds let be highly recommended to you

out of dark lair you will drive surely a wild boar by their cries! ”

( caption of the title-vignette ) –

but in company with the original plate of the title – worked by the master himself alone and sheltered from environmental influences by varnish – and the wide-marginedness crowned by being uncut on three sides as a truly

grand  et  unique  exemplaire  de  luxe

for elitist placing. As a provocatingly exclusive sovereign eye-catcher, enviedly reflecting the noblesse of the house. Shortly,

on  account  of  its  beauty  as  a  Gesamtkunstwerk ,

a  synthesis  of  the  arts ,

you will look at this incomparable “ – Le Grand  Exemplaire – “ again and again full of inner touch.

Offer no. 28,822 / price on application

« Dogs have all good qualities of man ,

without simultaneously having their faults »

Frederick the Great

Following  Steel  Engravings  about  1835  with full platemark (not measuring with if not stated else), as rather more seldom for steel engravings, and left-sided stitch margin.

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767) – After. A Hound. Standing in full-size before landscape staffage interestingly fixing a gadfly sitting before it. In the same direction to Thienemann 734, belonging to the “Neue(n) Thier Reis Büchl” of 1728. Subject/plate size 7⅛ × 9¼ in (18.2 × 23.5 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Hound with gadfly

The  sympathetic-charming  motif

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– – – – Two Hounds. Before the kind of a tent with landscape staffage to the left. Sleeping the speckled one in front, behind it watchfully straightened up and growling the other. In the same direction to Thienemann 735, belonging as before. Subject/plate size as before. – The  impressive  motif . – See the illustration Schwarz I, p. 92.

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Cooper, S. (the animal painter Thomas Sidney C. ?, Canterbury 1803 – Vernon Holme near C. 1902) – After. Russian Wolf Catcher. In front large to the left before a lumber yard to the right with laborer scenery at the bank of a wide river enlivened by a sailboat + rowing-boats with the silhouette of a municipal district vis-à-vis dominated by a dome cathedral and a stone-bridge (Saint Petersburg with Peter and Paul Cathedral and Petersburg Bridge?). By Johann Siebert as before. Inscribed: XXV / S. Cooper pinx. / I. Siebert sc. Nbg., otherwise as above in German. 6⅝ × 8 in (16.9 × 20.3 cm).

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Pointer, A Spanish. Struck the bag, the hunter only coming nearer. 6¾ × 8 in (17.2 × 20.3 cm). – The letter rather pale, but not the subject itself.

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Spaniel, The / Snipe Hunt. With the hunter pointing at, the hound jumping forward. 6¾ × 8 in (17 × 20.2 cm). – Two slight smudges in the additionally white paper margin below.

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Pointer standing Black Grouses. With hunter + hunting-hand each on horseback along with a further hound. 6⅞ × 8 in (17.6 × 20.2 cm).

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Setter. Pointer with the hunter coming along. Engraved by Christian Daumerlang (also Daumenlang, Wöhrd near Nuremberg 1812 – Nbg. 1851) after an anonymous copy. 6¾ × 7⅞ in (17.1 × 20 cm).

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Dachshunds, English (Therriers). Three of them and a badger trying to sidle off. Engraved by F. Hirchenhein(m?). Inscribed: XXIII / Hirchenhein (elsewhere Hirchenheim) sc:, otherwise as above in German. 6¾ × 7⅞ in (17 × 20 cm).

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Solo Catcher, The. Right in front portraitlike large hound with the captured hare

Hound ’Der Solofaenger’

while left-sided placed back the field of the horsemen accompanies the hare hunting still going on. 6⅞ × 7⅞ in (17.4 × 20 cm).

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The  Plague  for  Fox,  Hound  +  Man:

4x  Fighting  Rabies  –  4x Hygiene  History

(Mandate of Frederick Augustus Duke of Saxony Against the Running About of the Dogs and the Hydrophobia in General and What is to do against it. Along with the annexes “Cause of the Hydrophobia of the Dogs and the Symptoms of such Rabies” and “Instruction How one has to behave in Case of a Bite of Rabid Dogs and How one can take Precautions against the Sad After-Effects”). Published Dresden September 7, 1782. Fol. (13¾ × 8¼ in [34.8 × 21 cm]). With two vignettes in woodcut. 12 ll. With the printed ducal signature along with the “L(oco) S(igilli)” mark. Stitched.

File number “Nom: 13.” by old hand on title. – Especially the main part in beautiful, large typography. – Wide-margined.

Extraordinarily  rich  decree

on combat + cure of hydrophobia by cutting the mad-worm + 8-page instruction on curing bitten men.

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(Mandate of Frederick Augustus Duke of Saxony Regarding the Restriction of Dog-Ownership and the Precautions to arrange against the free running about of the dogs and for prevention of the danger to be afraid of rabid dogs. Along with the annexes “Causes of the Hydrophobia of the Dogs and the Symptoms of such Rabies” and “Instruction How one has to behave in Case of a Bite by Rabid Dogs and How one can take Precautions against the Sad After-Effects”.) Published Dresden April 2, 1796. Fol. (13¾ × 8⅝ in [34.8 × 22 cm]). With large initial vignette in woodcut and a second one. 16 ll. With the printed ducal signature along with the “L(oco) S(igilli)” mark. Stitched. Uncut.

File number “Nom. 23” by old hand on title. – Last four ll. with small worm-gallery in the wide white upper margin. Final leaf with two brownspots. – Especially the main part in beautiful, large typography. – Wide-margined.

Extraordinarily  rich  decree

on  combating  +  curing  of  hydrophobia

with direct reference to the preceding statute of September 7, 1782, realizing

hygiene  as  protection  against  illness .

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(Directions to the Inhabitants of the Towns and the Country regarding the restriction of dog-ownership and the prevention of the danger to be afraid of rabid dogs. Repeating the mandate of April 2, 1796, along with the accompanying annexes “Causes of the Hydrophobia of the Dogs and the Symptoms of such Rabies” and “Instruction How one has to behave in Case of a Bite of Rabid Dogs and How one can take Precaution against the Sad After-Effects.”) (Dresden) 1797. Sm. 4to (8⅛ × 6¾ in [20.5 × 17 cm]). 24 pp. Stitched.

File number “Nom: 24” by old hand on title. The latter browned, a little dirty and with a small inconspicuous worm-gallery quite minimally touching also the following leaf.

The  billboard  version  of  the  extraordinarily  content-rich  edict

on  combating  and  curing  the  hydrophobia ,

recapitulating the regulations of the mandate issued the previous year as updated version of the statute of September 7, 1782 in partially changed order

in  sentences  as  short  as  pregnant .

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Edict (by Frederick William, King of Prussia, Margrave of Brandenburg) Regarding the Becoming Rabid of the Dogs and therein abolishing the so-called cutting of the mad-worm under the tongue as “the success did not correspond with the result hoped for”. Published Berlin February 20, 1797. (Berlin,) Georg Decker, (1797). Folio (13⅝ × 9⅝ in [34.5 × 24.5 cm]). Title, 3 unpag. ll. on 2 double leaves. With the printed royal signature along with the “L(oco) S(igilli)” mark. Uncut.

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“ Of  the  Hounds

and  their  Training , Care , and  Cure … ”

“ How  the  Par  Force  Hunt  Hounds … ”

Döbel, Heinrich Wilhelm. Neueröffnete Jäger=Practica Oder der wohlgeübte und Erfahrne Jäger, Darinnen Eine vollständige Anweisung zur gantzen Hohen und Niedern Jagd=Wissenschaft in Vier Theilen … (New Opened Practice of the Hunter Or the Well Practised and Versed Hunter, In that a complete Instruction to the whole Knowledge of the Noble and Small-Game Hunt in Four Parts … All described thoroughly and clearly from many years practice … Along with a preface by the Mr. Chancellor (Imperial) Freiherr von Wolf. 3rd revised edition much enlarged especially in forest matters. 4 pts. in 1 vol. Leipsic, Joh. Sam. Heinsius, 1783. Sm. fol. With several partly figurative woodcut-vignettes and illustrations and

21  folded  engravings

(20 c. 13¾ × 15¾ in [35 × 40 cm], one 13¾ × 7½ in [35 × 19 cm], all comfortably folded on full-size blue laid paper). 13 unpag. ll. title, prefaces + contents, 148, 264, 192, 108 pp., 32 unpag. ll. index. Later light brown h. pigskin with stamped back-title + lines, pigskin corners with lines, dark brown marbled covers, and bluish-grey insides + fly leaves.

Schwerdt I, 146 c; Jeanson 1709 + Cat. 1987, 183 and Souhart 143 each for other editions. – The classic published first in 1746 in three parts and with only 20 coppers, likewise at Heinsius, followed in 1754 by the 2nd edition enlarged to four parts, and then enlarged anew present third one, again in folio with now 21 coppers. In smaller size (8vo and large 8vo resp.) then a Vienna edition of 1785/86 and as 4th edition the one Leipsic 1828 revised “completely and little valuably” (Meyer’s Conversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., vol. V [1889], p. 16) and accompanied by 9 representing plates only.


Of the characteristics of the proper and the winged game, the  hounds  and  their  training , care , and  voluntary  exercise  as of the setting up of several hunting-grounds and preserves.


Of the various kinds of hunting, the utensils belonging to each one and to make the correct use of them.

Herein  among  many  relevant  others

Of the par force hunt / What belongs to the arrangement of a perfect hunting equipage or par force hunt / Of the training of the young hounds / Of the feeding of the young hounds / Of the par force horses / The presearch for the par force hunt / Of the functioning of the young hounds / How the par force hunt hounds are set in work and breath before they can be used to the perfect hunting / The starting to catch the stag / How it further goes on with the hunt / How to give care to the hounds and to keep them by health / Recipes for various illnesses of the hounds / Of the celebration of the feast of St. Hubert / Of the still-hunt or shooting / How a deer-cry is made and used / Of the still-hunt for wild boars / To call the roe / To whistle for the curlew / Of the whistle for the snipe and others more / Of the whistle for the cuckoo / Of the hunt on winged game (chap. 136-217, pp. 171-264).


Of the nature of the woods and other knowledge belonging to the noble hunt.


Of diverse necessary hunting requisites and nature of the woods. – Herein among others

Some annotations on the characteristics of the noble stag as passed over in the first part / Of the false use of the leader / Of the most well-known names of the par force hounds / Of the fishery (pp. 64-108).

The  accurately  worked  coppers ,

one of them with the signature of Joh. Gottfried Krügner II (1714 Leipsic 1782), illustrating the technical details of the whole as then i. a.

How the instruments for the lay out of the alleys, wing setting, and hunting courses are to be made / Presentation of forming the alleys, especially to an octagonal star-alley and a hexagonal one resp. / Clothes, nets, toils / Of a material carriage / Prospect of an organized main hunt along with the course (very small hole in the foot of a participant below right) / Course to the stag hunt / Hunting screen / Course to a confirmed hunt on stag and boar resp. / A counter-hunt / A real round course / Ground plan to a course / A hunt in a broken course / A course with straight wings and a roundness + A further presentation of a course for the boar hunt / Traps / Turnpikes / Altimetry of the trees / To measure out the timber / Fast traps for several predacious animals + Requisite to catch larks .

“ (Döbel’s) ‘Opened Practice of the Hunter’ deals with many subjects of hunting knowledge so excellently, that they are worthy of notice still now.

The  work  of  the  leader  and  bloodhound ,

the  arrangement  of  the  surrounded  hunt  etc.

are  described  exemplarily . ”

(Meyer’s Konversations-Lexikon, op. cit.).

VERY  FINE  COPY , almost absolutely impeccable, only two acid-freely repaired marginal tiny tears and the above-mentioned little hole in one plate. Several clear marginal additions in pencil for Latin names of trees. – Cover insides + fly leaves (the latter three-leafed under use of old paper) renewed, lower edges of the covers rubbed.

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Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Great Kind of the Greyhounds of which the larger one represents the guard or rescuer. In fine landscape with vista of a place the two coupled hounds on the right, while on the left the hare lies with the hind quarters on the gun with instructively drawn ramrod. Etching with engraving. (1756.) Inscribed: 68. / J. E. Ridinger inven. Sculps. et excudit Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above. 9⅞ × 7 in (25 × 17.9 cm).

Ridinger, Great Kind of Greyhounds

Thienemann & Schwarz 310. – Plate 68 of the Exact and True Representation of Both the Most Wondrous Deer and Other Particular Animals … of the Rarities showing in Nature. – With 21¼ × 14¼ in (54 × 36.2 cm) sheet size extremely wide-margined impression on laid paper with typographical watermark untrimmed on three sides. – Printing of the number and the two lines caption a little weak.

Diane Marston, contributor to Harp and Hound, the semi-annual publication of the Irish Wolfhound Club of America, thinks for both of them of indeed the Irish Wolfhound (as per mail of Jan. 21, 2001).

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173  Pages & 12  Copper  Plates  dedicated  to  the  Hounds

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 4to. 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 f. (2nd edition of 1805, now in 3 vols. + suppl. vol. of 1813). – 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  ( 173 pp. + 12  copper  plates ,

with  50  pages  on  medicines  for  hounds ) ,

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  fishing  &  angling , 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.

A  fine  copy  of  this  as  well  fascinatingly  illustrated

as  textually  well-founded  manual

characterized by Morgan George Watkins in Dictionary of National Biography (vol. 14 [1888], p. 32) as

“ the delight of sportsmen at the beginning of the century .”

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Following  wood  engravings  of  the  19th  century  as a technique frequently used in the 2nd half of the century which came up about 1800 and – contrary to the woodcut done with the knife along the grain – was executed with the chisel crossways to the grain in a stock of hard cross-cut wood to achieve the picturesque tone that constitutes

the  charm  of  also  present  sheets

from c. 1870-1880. Predominantly with artist/engraver inscriptions in the stock these works are partly, as then mentioned, plate wood engravings printed with tone plate. – Also see Hanebutt-Benz, (Studies on German Wood Engraving in the 19th Century), Frankfort/Main 1984.

Hounds, Playing. Wood engraving as before.

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Pyrenees, Dogs from the. 2 parts: Above female with 5 whelps and the male dog tied up in the background, below 3 heads. Wood engraving. C. 1870. 10⅞ × 7¼ in (27.5 × 18.4 cm).

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Specht, Friedrich (Lauffen on the Neckar 1839 – Stuttgart 1909). St. Bernard Dogs. Two dogs in the snowed-up mountains, one scenting into a crevasse. In the back supposedly the hospiz of the Great St. Bernard. Toned wood engraving by Richard Henkel for A. Cloß, Stuttgart. (1875/77.) Inscribed: FSpecht / A Closs X I / R Henkel sc., otherwise as above. 10⅞ × 8 in (27.5 × 20.4 cm).

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– – Mountain Dogs Fighting with a Wolf. The wolf is already seized by the throat, from the chalet the herdsman comes along with his gun. Toned wood engraving for Cloß as before, but without engraver inscription. 10¾ × 8 in (27.3 × 20.3 cm). – See the complete description.

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Gélibert, Gaston (Médouy/Hautes-Pyrénées 1850 – Châtillon-sous-Bagneux/Hauts-de-Seine 1931). Bracke. Head with collar to the left. Wood engraving by Jules Huyot (Toulouse 1841 – Eaubonne 1921). C. 1870. Inscribed: Gaston Gélibert, otherwise in German as above. 7¼ × 5¾ in (18.4 × 14.5 cm).

Pupil of his father, the animal painter Paul G., whose field he favored together with his brother Jules and continued including hunting. Showed at the Paris Salon since 1870. – Some feeble foxspots in the wide white margin below.

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– – Small Bracke. Head to the left. Wood engraving as before.

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– – Dachshund. Two resting dachshunds on a clearing. Wood engraving as before, but 6⅛ × 6⅝ in (15.5 × 16.8 cm).

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– – Hound from Brittany. Head to the front right. Wood engraving as before. Inscribed: Huyot. / Gaston (sic!), otherwise in German as above. 6 × 5½ in (15.3 × 14 cm).

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Gélibert, Jules (Bagnères-de-Bigorre/Hautes-Pyrénées 1834 – Capbreton/Landes 1916). “Bull terrier”. Achieved by cross-breeding in the Manche, very small and strong race for cave hunting. Two of them before straw and large trough. Wood engraving by Jules Huyot as before. Inscribed: Huyot. / Jules Gélibert, otherwise as above. 5¾ × 8⅜ in (14.5 × 21.4 cm).

Thieme-Becker XIII, 365: “(Gélibert) paints almost exclusively animal and hunting pictures … ”. – Pupil of his father as above. Showed at the Paris Salon since 1859, then in Brussels + Berlin, too.

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– – Hound of St. Hubert (Chien de Saint Hubert). Half-length portrait. Toned wood engraving by Huyot as before. 6¾ × 5⅞ in (17 × 15 cm).

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Well-Trained. Hound bringing a hare to the hunter meanwhile fallen asleep under an oak. Wood engraving by Huyot as before after Henri Télory (Strasbourg 1820 – 1874/75). (1873.) Inscribed: Telory / Huyot, otherwise in German as above 5⅝ × 8⅜ in (14.2 × 21.2 cm).

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„ nachdem die wunderbare Stangenabwurf-Folge (Wintter’s Aufsezen oder wachstum des Hirschgeweihes hiesiger Lieferung) nun meine Wand ziert, habe ich zwei (Desiderata-)Bitten an Sie. Es fehlt mir … Können Sie mir behilflich sein? “

(Herr C. R., 28. Januar 2015)


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