Johann Elias Ridinger, The Noble Stag's Age

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). L’áge et qualite du Cerf. The Noble Stag’s Age. “In fitting environment … each one fawn, brocket, second head, 6, 8, 10, 12 points and one piece of deer” (Th.). Etching & engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. sc. et exc. A.V. / avec privil. de Sa. M. Imper., otherwise as above and with German-French didactic text. 11⅞ × 9 in (30.1 × 23 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 14; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A. – From the unnumbered 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure , listed by literature as its 2nd sheet, and here one of the 8 small-sized ones as apparently conceived intentionally by Ridinger and rather not meant as pilot projects as Thienemann assumes.

“ That I meanwhile … have presented the figures of the noble stag’s age somewhat larger than the others has been done solely to show his nature and kind the better … ”.

Early impression on full sheet (15⅞ × 19¾ in [40.3 × 50.3 cm]) in the meaning of Weigel’s A quality (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”) with watermark Great Fleur-de-lis (Strasbourg?). In the interest of optically more balanced sheet proportions later the half-size sheets were printed on smaller paper not conforming to binding. – Minute little fold in the subject’s upper center, 2 backed little margin injuries.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Noble Stag's Age (impression of c. 1859)

– – – The same from the final complete edition, Leipsic c. 1859. 11⅞ × 9⅛ in (30.3 × 23.3 cm). – On toned vélin with margins of 3.5-4 on three sides and 6.3 cm below, drawing impeccably clear and vibrant still in the subtlest italics.

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„ Herzlichen Dank für Ihre freundlichen und aufschlussreichen Ausführungen, die mir die Beschreibung des vorliegenden Exemplars sehr erleichtern. Schön wärs natürlich, wenn sich Ihre vielfältigen Kenntnisse zum Werk Ridingers vielleicht als Artikel, oder Artikelserie, im Aus dem Antiquariat oder einer Bibliophilen-Zeitschrift einem breiten interessierten Publikum zur Kenntnis gebracht werden könnten … Ich würde mich jedenfalls sehr darüber freuen, Expertenwissen aus erster Hand zu erhalten. “

(Kollege U. K., 12. Mai 2015)


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