Saint Hubert
Patron of Shooters

“ … and a good gun, powder and plumb belongs to it, but also diligent exercise, that by it the amateur gets more skillful, learns to look bravely through fire, and a good shooter must not close both his eyes when he pulls to shoot … ” (Döbel, Jäger=Practica, 3rd ed., 1783, II/117).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Wolf Trap (detail)
La Trape du Loup. The Wolf Trap or Pit (detail)

“ Just as the Wolff is a very … cunning Animal ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). La Trape du Loup. The Wolf Trap or Pit. “Just as the wolf is a very voracious hungry and cunning animal, so by good sportsmen

its cunning is betrayed by counter-cunning …”

Etching & engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: avec privil. de Sa. Majeste Imperl. / Ioh. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. sculps. et excud. A.V. /, otherwise as above and with German-French didactical text. 11⅞ × 9 in (30.1 × 22.7 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 18; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A. – From the unnumbered 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure, listed by literature as its 6th sheet, and here one of the 8 small-sized ones as apparently conceived intentionally by Ridinger and rather not meant as pilot projects as Thienemann assumes.

A 1728 drawing on the market in the late 50s of corresponding size, pictorially still deviating – only one wolf, no hunters – was inscribed as How the Wolf is brought onto the Disc with the Goose and catched in the pit. However, the repetition of the same sujet Th. 84 of the set of the Ways to trap the Wild Animals of 1750 with otherwise the same text refers to a duck.

Early impression of deeply staggered chiaroscuro on full sheet (15⅞ × 19¾ in [40.3 × 50.3 cm]) in the meaning of Weigel’s A quality (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”) with watermark Great Fleur-de-lis (Strasbourg?). In the interest of optically more balanced sheet proportions later the half-size sheets were printed on smaller paper not conforming to binding.

Offer no. 15,462 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 678.) + shipping

Hofmann, (L.). Der vollkommene Jäger mit dem Vorsteh=Hunde und sichere Schütze. (The Accomplished Hunter with the Pointer and Fine Shot.) 2nd, enlarged edition. Ed. by Carl Timlich (a relative of the author’s). Vienna, Tendler and v. Manstein, 1824. With 6 full-page engraved plates. 1 l. title, XVIII, 227 pp., 1 p. contents. Green-brown marbled contemp. boards. Marbled head edge.

Lindner 11.0981.02; Schwerdt I, 245. – This edition not in Lindner’s own Bibliotheca Tiliana. – Printed by J. P. Sollinger in Vienna. – The first edition with only 5 plates at about the same volume of text was published in 1808, a third one with only 2 plates followed in 1834.

The market-fresh copy of ducal Bavarian provenance with its written library number “3566” on small label over an older one below at the spine. – Few slight traces of its age of 200 years aside prctically untouched copy.

Offer no. 15,608 / EUR  470. / export price EUR  447. (c. US$ 540.) + shipping

One of the Shooters just aiming
at the still missing Third hare

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Lying in wait for Hares and How They are driven by the Stoberhund. In rich hilly wooded landscape “Two Stoberhunds in the most fleetingly run” drive two – in the engraving three ! – hares before the guns of two hunters. Pencil & black chalk. C. 1729. 10¾ × 16 in (273 × 408 mm).


Dr. Edward Peart

(1756/58 – 1824)

his written E P. front below left

( “wrote the initials of his name onto each sheet” )

Lugt 891; Nagler, Monogramists, II, 1723


Schöne Beute — Bilder von der Jagd

Dr. Hanns Simon Foundation Bitburg

January 13 – March 3, 2013


Catalog Book to the Exhibition

Pages 44/45 (double full-page detail illustration in color),

erroneously as The Spring of the Hounds as exhibited, too & p. 148/I

The preparatory drawing in reverse used for the transfer into the plate – recto traced, verso ruddled – of Th. 45 as sheet 33 of the Accomplished and Thorough Representations of the Excellent Princes’ Pleasure or the Noble Hunting … invented brought into Copper … Anno 1729. as Ridinger’s first hunting set now etched/engraved and published by himself and in accordance with the master’s continual didactic intent at the same time a practical instruction.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Lying in Wait for Hares
Lying in Wait for Hares (detail)

Of the two hunters here on the left the back one still aiming while the front one just fires at the first hare in full flight with

the fire of the one in front
and the ignition lock of the one still aiming
very nicely visible .

The second hare is already shot down. On execution of the plate Ridinger seems to have noticed that the direction of the just aiming shooter’s barrel rather misses, otherwise is meant for the same target the neighbor already fires at. So he slightly changed the direction of the barrel, set the first of the two dogs somewhat back

and established in the free space a third hare .

On the other hand in the engraving the reserve gun leaning at the two already bagged hares is missing.

Fine large-sized early
pictorially worked painterly drawing

which found its own ways already early and therefore in 1830 did not pass with the 32-sheet (among which 2 duplicate versions) block of preparatory drawings to the Princes’ Pleasure into the immense Weigel inventory of the master’s bequest of drawings and therefore remained unknown to Thienemann (1856, page 274, a, “partly in brown ink and wash, partly in pencil and chalk”, the latter as also present here) just as to the Ridinger appendix of the 1869 catalog of the Collection of Original Drawings now bequeathed by J. A. G. Weigel.

Extraordinarily charming the master’s working process to be duplicated here ,

the desired look over his shoulder at the transfer into the plate. Beside the red chalk on the back the here especially manifold tracing of the important parts on the subject side the filling of which was done freely in the plate, yet is utterly executed here.

On finely structured heavy laid paper. – The edge of the sheet somewhat age-marked with slight impairment of the “E” of the Peart initial. Here and there unobtrusively somewhat fox spotted, in the outer part of the subject below left a narrow 3 cm dirt stripe, otherwise of fine general impression.

From the collection of the physician practicing and publishing in London & Butterwick, Dr. Edward Peart (1756 or 1758 – Butterwick at Gainsborough 1824), “art connoisseur in London, started a collection of drawings and prints, and

wrote the initials of his name onto each sheet .

This collection was scattered (per 1822)” (Nagler, 1860). From this then now here & now the master’s early hare hunting as

a Ridinger trouvaille of prime degree

set into an acid-free passepartout with with 23.5-carat gilt stamped artist’s name and dates.

Drawings by his hand in such quality in regard of theme , execution and – size (!) require the favor of the moment already since long. niemeyer’s is proud to be able to present twenty years after the above Princes’ Pleasures drawing to Th. 24 used for the transfer into the plate now the one to Th. 45. Thereby both the one then as the present one unbeknownst to literature and thus

elitist lone wolves since practically already the master’s time !

Offer no. 15,438 / price on application

“ Received the (original Ridinger printing) plate yesterday. Much Thanks from a satisfied customer. You are a True Gentleman … All the Best! L… F. ”

(Mr. L. A. F., November 5, 2003)