Ridinger, Martin Elias (1731 Augsburg 1780). Ant Eater / Guaku and Miri. Two of them differing from each other, related to the anteater, with text added as below. The one with very long tail in brown, licking the quarry from a thick oak trunk, the other light grey with less long, although very bushy tail, decimating the crawling on the ground. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: TAMANDUA. / Ameisen Schlucker / Guaku und Miri. / Tamanoir. / Familia II. Dreyzähig. / M. E. Ridinger. fec. 12¼ × 8¼ in (31.2 × 20.8 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 1041. – 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.
“ This animal is quite particularly remarkable and differs not only by … but rather
by the especially long tongue
from all other animals of the whole earth …
It feeds from nothing but ants … This animal is found only in the southern part of America, however, one has noted two to three variations of it. The natives of this country call these animals Guacu, also Miri and Tamandua … There still is a particular species of these animals, which the natives of the country call Uratiriuau, the French, however, Fourmilier. These animals have no tongue … ” (see Ant Eater / particular Scaly Animal)
(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, p. 2, enclosed in copy). Thienemann on this:
“ Supposedly among these quite queer names the Capian Aardvark … but this species one has transformed into two … and both worked from imagination, at discretion. Such animals are nowhere. ”
With watermark C & I Honig 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 1.9-2.7 cm, below 4.5 cm wide. – In the white paper margin partially faintly stained and a small thin spot far left precautionarily backed acid-freely. – Very painterly .
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Ridinger’s Colored Animal Kingdom in Original Coloring
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