“ The Ibex in particular is the Strongest Jumper ”
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Ibex. Majestically to the right. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: IBEX. / Stein-Bock. / Le Bouquetin. / Familia II. Zweÿhufig. / J. E. R. del. 12 × 8 in (30.4 × 20.3 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 999. – 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.
“ The Ibex in particular is the strongest jumper, who usually stays on the steepest elevations where humans cannot get so easily. He is very wild, his horns are also specially peculiar as he can use the same not only with benefit and advantage against the beasts of prey going after him, i. e. lynxes, wolves etc., but knows to protect himself by the same in a failed jump or fall into a deep valley and hold such ahead … ”
(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I, p. 18, enclosed in copy).
“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 1.6-3 cm, below 5.4 cm wide. – Two tiny brown spots in the white plate field, one in the white far margin lower left.
Offer no. 15,896 / EUR 730. / export price EUR 694. (c. US$ 802.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Colored Animal Kingdom in Original Coloring
“ … and I wish to thank you for packing it so carefully … ”
(Mr. P. M., August 28, 2003)