Johann Elias Ridinger, Dromedary with Two Humps

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Dromedary with Two Humps. Light ocher colored, about to lie down to the left. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: DROMEDARVS. / Dromedar mit zweÿ Höckern. / Dromadaire avec deux bosses. / Familia I. Zweÿzähige. / J. El. Ridinger fec. et exc. A. V. 12⅜ × 8⅜ in (31.4 × 21.3 cm). – Instructive plate.

Thienemann & Schwarz 1035. – 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.

“ One sees of these animals some which are white and others which are brown. In size they are also different of each other according to the kind of the respective country … In Arabia they are raised indisputably the most, although already in European Turkey and Tartary there are some, especially of these which have two humps … ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I, pp. 21 f., enclosed in copy).

Watermarked Strasbourg fleur-de-lis above arms + C & I Honig (type Heawood 64/Churchill 428) 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”. – Margins on three sides 1.8-2.4, below 4.6 cm wide.

Offer no. 15,957 / EUR  1100. / export price EUR  1045. (c. US$ 1208.) + shipping

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„ Sehr geehrter Herr Niemeyer, Grüß Gott,

Ihre Graphiksendung ist wohlbehalten angekommen. Ich habe mich sehr gefreut über die Schönheit der Blätter und ihren ausgezeichneten Erhaltungszustand. Vielen herzlichen Dank. Mit diesen Blättern kann ich in den entsprechenden Folgen einige schmerzliche Lücken schließen … Nachdem ich Kassensturz gemacht habe, der günstig ausgefallen ist, folgt hier eine weitere Bestellung … Ich hoffe, dass die Blätter nicht inzwischen verkauft wurden …

Mit freundlichen Grüßen nach Padingbüttel “

(Herr W. G., 3. August 2009)


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