Johann Elias Ridinger, Sable Gray

“ I have not seen this Sheet colored ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Sable Gray. Poil d’Etourneau. On a slight elevation standing to the right. “I have not seen this sheet colored … Crest and tail straw-yellowish, the brightest spots white, then reddish-yellow, then light slate bluish” (Th. per appendix p. 15). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Sand Schimmel. / J. E. Ridinger inv. sculpsit et excudit Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7⅜ × 5¼ in (18.8 × 13.3 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 921. – 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.

“ All other kinds, as … sable gray … now turn brighter, now darker, yet each kinds always differ from the other. Those whose extremities, crown, crest, and tail are blackish, or entirely black, are justly preferred to those brighter ones, for they are of more durable nature, and in the most characteristics better and nobler ”

(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, pp. 33 ff., enclosed in copy).

With watermark C & I Honig below fragment of fleur-de-lis arms with beehive pendant as 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”. – Longer tear within the 4 cm wide white lower margin backed acid-freely, lower right in the 2.5-4 cm wide white margin faintly smudgy from turning over.

Offer no. 16,045 / EUR  295. / export price EUR  280. (c. US$ 324.) + shipping

Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring

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A Great Plenitude of Individual Plates

„ vielen Dank für die schnelle Zusendung des Buches ‚Der Ahorn‘. Ich freue mich insbesondere, weil dieses Buch mein Opa geschrieben hat und es somit für mich eine große Bedeutung hat. Viele Grüße aus Berlin “

(Frau U. C., 7. Juni 2004)


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