With the Augsburg Murderous Camel
“ Drawn from Life …
when it was shown here in Augsburg ”
and saved the Life of Its Driver !
— Quasi First Hand Live Report included in Copy —
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Six Plates Camels. 6 sheet. Etchings with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: No: I(-VI). / Johan[n] (I) and Joh. resp. El. Ridinger ad vivum del. / M. E. Ridinger sc. A(ug). V(ind). 12¼-12⅝ × 8¼-8½ in (31.2-32 × 20.8-21.6 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 529-534; Weigel 16545 (“old now rarely occurring impressions”, 1847!) & XXVIII, 26A, each incl. the 2 plates buffaloes; Coll. Würtemberg 1794 (1843; “Rare” and as here, too, without the buffaloes); Silesian Ridinger collection Boerner XXXIX, 1894 (1885; “Rare”); Th. Reich auf Biehla 134 (1894); Coll. Gg. Hamminger 1669 (1895; “Very rare set in excellent impressions”) & 1670 (“partly later impressions”); Schwerdt III, 141; Counts Faber-Castell 36 (1958).
Showing camels and dromedaries in all positions, loaded and unloaded, and – plates I-IV – explaining per 2-3 lines caption in German:
“ True representation of a loaded camel, in a Turkish caravan – Camel with one hump unloaded, otherwise also called dromedary – A Camel with 2. humps, as such is found frequently in the Turkish Barbary Africa and Asia … – Representation from another view , (drawn) from life in various positions
when it was shown here in Augsburg … ”
However , the latter packed a punch . In the Colored Animal Kingdom concluded posthumously about 1773 this animal, minimally modified, stepped into the public eye once more, on which occasion the Ridingers put on record in the lead text (pt. I, page 22):
“ They have but one young one per year and most are gelded, too, for in the rutting season they are very unruly and stubborn.
I myself (supposedly Martin Elias) once saw a living dromedary ,
late February, which is the time of their rutting, who was very wicked, so that its own driver could not trust it and had to treat it quite gently, for it readily bites with its powerful teeth or
kneels with peculiar agility on the man ,
or attempts to press him to the wall. Our blessed father had occasion
to see this once here in Augsburg .
As he drew such one
the animal became that furious with its master for he tired it too much at once by frequent kneeling down, that, after he was about to bring such one to its proper place and to rest in the shed and rack it up, it kneeled down on him and pressed him, that he, as the saying goes, turned black and blue and could not cry anymore. Upon this
our blessed father , who was alone with him ,
took a pole just about there and poked the animal from behind at the privates, whereupon it released its driver at last
and he was still saved . ”
Plates V & VI finally with tympanist & cymbalist, standing and lying from various angles as well as at lying down together with several head, resting, and other details. Shortly , a series created from every angle for its own sake.
And till today that rare that in the 1990s the present decisive Ridinger collection paid dearly to obtain the sets of both the present Camels and the likewise comprised Monkeys, equally desired for decades, through the acquisition of one of the Pompadour album volumes of Baron von Gutmann’s legendary Marjoribanks Folios (his personal copy I of the two Roman ones of his Ridinger Catalog [Schwarz] in their elitist inaccessibility).
Typographic (“WANGEN”) & figurative watermarks. – With fine little margin all round the edge of the platemark. – Without the ensuing two plates buffaloes which, although included by Ridinger in the numbering, deviate by their oblong format already outwardly. – I & II mounted in points by old, otherwise verso traces of previous mounting in points showing through as brown spots in each the corners of III & V. Sheet II ditto, but more negligibly and in the two upper corners only. Irrespective of this
evenly fine warm-toned impressions
of this as rich as instructive & both locally and behaviorally suffused set .
Offer no. 16,026 / price on application
„ 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)