“ This  is

the  First  Good  Illustration  of  the  Striped  Hyena ”

worked  Years  before  Buffon

as  the  First  Modern  Zoological  Standard  Work

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Indianischer Wolff … Indian Wolf. Drawn from Life in the Grand Ducal Menagerie in Florence in 1744. Striped hyena standing to the right in front of a mighty tree. In the distance palms. Etching and engraving. (1745.) Inscribed in the plate: 37 / J. El. Ridinger sculpsit et excud., otherwise in German as above and below. 14⅜ × 11 in (36.6 × 28.1 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Hyena

Thienemann + Schwarz 279; erlebnis ridinger 47 with ills. – Sheet 37 of the 101-sheet set Representation of the Most Wondrous Deer and Other Animals (1735 at the latest – 1768) as

the  zoologically  significant  first  useful  presentation

of  the  striped  hyena .

As copy laid before him the black chalk drawing no. 337 of the Ridinger appendix of the 1869 Weigel catalogue of his left drawings, worked doubtless by the stepson Joh. Gottfried Seuter, on the verso inscribed with “1744 in Florenz J. G. S.”. Seuter was staying in Italy for a longer period.

Inscribed further with the explanation :

“ The queerness at this animal are the bristles or hair on the back which it can raise when going, but still more when flying into a rage, and put down when resting. The colour corresponding to that of the other wolves, only the bristles are reddish yellow. ”

And Thienemann resumes :

“ This  is  the  first  good  illustration  of  the  striped  hyena . ”

Thus worked years  before  Buffon’s monumental “Histoire naturelle générale et particulière”, published between 1749 and 1804, as the first modern zoological standard work. The topical publication of the 1744 drawing just in 1745 illustrates the periodical sequence of the platenumbers. So plates 30-35 bear the date of 1744 and 36 + 38-41 that of 1745. – Fine warm-toned impression.

Offer no. 13,221 / EUR  562. / export price EUR  534. (c. US$ 677.) + shipping

„ … wartete das (Eulen-)AHA auf mich … Das Foto von den Waldohreulen(-Jungen in Ihrem Garten) fand ich sehr gelungen, es fügt sich nahtlos in die Stiche ein. Ein wenig beneide ich Sie, denn mir (als aktivem Waidmann) war es bisher nicht vergönnt, diese Tiere in freier Wildbahn zu erleben. Niemeyers Garten ist tatsächlich ein heimlicher Wildpark “

(Herr P. D., 1. Juli 2015)


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