“ … both the Latter Kinds
are Something Rare ”
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). White Hare. Coming from undergrowth, scenting to the left. Colored etching/engraving, supposedly by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: LEPVS albus. / Weißer Hase. / Lievre blanc. / Familia III. Vierzähige. / Riding. fec. 12 × 8⅛ in (30.6 × 20.7 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 1044. – 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.
“ Of the wild species hares we have delivered here three illustrations, that is a common reddish one, a white one, and one spotted, which furthermore was cornuted; however, both the latter kinds are something rare ”
(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II in German and French, pp. 3 & 2 f. resp., enclosed in copy). – And Thienemann:
“ White it is in the winter coat, otherwise it resembles the common one, and represents an own species
which lives in the Alps .”
The fine sujet in its vibrant colorfulness
with watermark C & I Honig, similar to Heawood 3346 & 3348, as 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”.
The attribution of the transfer into copper to presumably Johann Elias’ eldest on the basis of the sole inscription “Riding. fec.” with at the same time rarer omission of the “er”, as with the plate of the rabbits, Th. 1046, too. The Brown Hare as well as the Cornuted Hare (Th. 1043 and 1045 resp.) each with written-out Ridinger. – Margins on three sides 2-3 cm, below 4.9 cm wide.
Offer no. 15,905 / EUR 470. / export price EUR 447. (c. US$ 556.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Colored Animal Kingdom in Original Coloring
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