Johann Elias Ridinger, Stag Lighter or Yellowish

“ Certainly one can reckon these Animals
with reason among the Most Noble Creatures … ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Stag Lighter or Yellowish. Odd 18-pointer recumbent to the left. “… light ocher shaded darker, below and in front all over light grey” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: CERVVS luteus. / Cerf jaunâtre. / Familia II. Zweyhufig. / Rid. fec. (possibly indicating Martin Elias as engraver). 12⅜ × 8¼ in (31.3 × 20.8 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1006. – IN  THE  RIDINGERS’  ORIGINAL  COLORING  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.

“ Certainly one can reckon these animals with reason among the most noble creatures as especially their build, their antlers, their strength, which goes along with the greatest possible speed, bestow an excellent and majestic eminence on them … Then one has to realize that these animals not always keep one color, but change it twice a year … Yet their finest color they have in early March … and in July and August they shoe in their greatest perfection … However, it cannot be denied that it greatly depends … what kind the ground is on which they live … Therefore some are according to the nature of the place … yellowish red, as the second … plate shows ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I in German and French, pp. 15 f. & 12 f. resp., enclosed in copy).

Typographic watermark. – On 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 2-2.5 cm, below 4.4 cm wide.

Offer no. 15,880 / EUR  630. / export price EUR  599. (c. US$ 692.) + shipping

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(Herr W. K., 7. August 2015)


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