“ A True Monster ”
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). A Horse of all Faults. Lés defauts des Parties exterieures du Cheval. To the left, with groom. “A true monster one looks at with disgust only … The text … points out the principal faults according to the 34 figures on the poor animal, which supposedly never will be found on one horse, but somewhere indeed” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Ein Pferd von allen Mängelen. / J. E. Ridinger inv. Sculpsit et excudit Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (18.9 × 13.3 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 964. – IN THE RIDINGERS’ ORIGINAL COLORING of the first edition of the Principal Colors of Horses, created, drawn and etched/engraved exclusively by Johann Elias, yet published only posthumously 1770 by the sons as the first of Ridinger’s but three originally colored works (“For this he first chose the horses, which as generally known occur in very varying coloring”, Th.; the usual allusions in the trade to only two of these based on the ignorance of the existence of copies of the 2nd edition of the Ten Plates Monkeys, Th. 541-550, intended for coloring). – Remaining uncolored contrary to the prospectus, a second edition with only 40 of the originally 51 plates anymore was published by Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg 1824/25.
“ Since I have presented a perfect horse on the preceding sheet, so this shows one on which all faults can be seen. It is true, both are rare … (but) none of them is invented; however, for this representation I have chosen a horse which had some age on it, since by this the deficiency becomes even more obvious … ”
(Ridinger in the preamble, pp. 17-23, enclosed in copy).
On that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble
“on account of the fine illumination” for the colored works
“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – In the lower part of the 2.5-3.7 cm wide white margins tears partly backed of old, lower right besides somewhat smudgy from turning over.
Offer no. 16,032 / EUR 270. / export price EUR 257. (c. US$ 297.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
„ vielen Dank für die schnelle und unkomplizierte Lieferung “
(Herr H.-G. S., 27. August 2008)