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“ The Hare will be Master of the Earth ,
for his is the greatest fertility
and the purest heart ”

Hermann Löns, Twilight of the Hares

March Hares

Hares & Yellow-Hammer

Hares. Three of them in the grass at the edge of the wood together with a yellow-hammer. Wood engraving after Adolf (? 1825 Leipsic 1884) Neumann. (1876.) 7⅝ × 9¼ in (19.5 × 23.6 cm). – With text sheet in German.

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“ Who sees this Picture judiciously ,
will and has to praise the Master ”

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Liévre male et femelle deviennent grandes apres deux ans. The Hare, a Buck and the Doe reach their Size in the First Year. “In the background a splendid park, (front left) a doe with a herd of young ones of various age, the buck sits up drolly in the center, one more shows us the back.” Etching with engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 26. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger invent. delin. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindel., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13⅝ × 16½ in (34.6 × 42 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, The Hare, a Buck and the Doe

Thienemann & Schwarz 221. – Sheet 26 of the STUDY OF THE WILD ANIMALS with the caption of the Hamburg pope of poets, jurist & senator, yet foremost friend of Ridinger’s, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747), in German. – With WANGEN watermark as so characteristic for contemp. impressions. – Margins on three sides 3.6-4.8, below 2.8 cm wide. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back. Smoothed diagonal fold upper right in the white margin, laterally right outside of the platemark also small rust spot.

“ If we look at the pricked up ears of the raised buck, everything suits this little male so drolly, That one could barely help laughing deafeningly … ”

And not least and by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the indisputably “most important Augsburg landscapist of this time”. Here then

of shining-marvelous quality & therefore rarity ,

for even in exemplary old Ridinger collections the old impressions of particularly this so fine large-sized main set frequently figure as closely trimmed, damaged, and fully mounted. So including present one in the Silesian collection 1885 at Boerner & 1894 with Reich auf Biehla, while the sheet had remained a desideratum to Coppenrath (1889).

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“ One cannot see Anything Nicer
but the Hare
moving from the Field into the Wood ”

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Common Brown Hare. Surrounded by manifold green. “A nice picture, in fitting environs Master Hare sits in the midst with the head turned sideways (to the right)” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving, supposedly by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: LEPVS campestris. / Gemeiner Feld-Hase. / Lievre. / Familia III. Vierzähige. / Ridinger fec. 11⅞ × 8 in (30.1 × 20.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1043. – 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.

Ridinger, Brown Hare

“ Indeed one finds diverse foreign kinds of these animals; yet since we lack true and exact representations of these, we rather intend to stay with our known home kind … Anyway, this animal is a very lively, yet also very timid creature. Of the wild species hares we have delivered here three illustrations, that is a common reddish one, a white one, and one spotted, which furthermore was cornuted; however, both the latter kinds are something rare. These animals breed, as is known, very much … Therefore their numbers would be inexpressibly large if on the other hand they had not many enemies and both the beasts and birds of prey and man reduced their number so considerably. One cannot see anything nicer but the hare moving from the field into the wood ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II in German and French, pp. 3 & 2 f. resp., enclosed in copy). – And Thienemann:

“ The forefeet are five-toed, the hind ones four-toed, therefore Ridinger has set it into the third, yet Klein into the fourth family. ”

The fine sujet in its vibrant colorfulness

with watermark C & I Honig, similar to Heawood 3346 & 3348, 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”.

The attribution of the transfer into copper to presumably Johann Elias’ eldest on the basis of the sole inscription “Ridinger fec.”. – Margins on three sides 2-3.5 cm, below 5.5 cm wide.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, Trace of a Hare

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Trace of a Hare / * in soft ground. / Fore Leg.* / Fore Leg on Solid Ground / Hind Leg.* / Hind Leg on Solid Ground. Brown hare stopping on the narrow clearing of a dense deciduous forest. Below the picture the life size traces marked in addition specifically for the claws. Etching with engraving. (1740.) Inscribed: 13. / Joh. El. Ridinger inven. delineav. sculps. et excudit Aug. Vindel., otherwise in German as above. 14¾ × 11¾ in (37.4 × 29.8 cm).

REPRESENTATION OF THE FAIR GAME 13. – Thienemann & Schwarz 175; Ridinger catalog Darmstadt (1999), III.25 with illustration; Sälzle, facsimile ed. of all drawings for the set, 1980, pp. 44 f. (dated 1737) & pl. XXIX.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Trace of a Hare

“ On the etched sheet the (single) hare trace (of the preparatory drawing below the picture) is replaced by traces of the hare in soft and on solid ground ” (Sälzle).

That on the separate drawing with the four traces (Sälzle plate XXIX) – as then also transferred onto the early prints still numbered by hand – Ridinger mixed up the foreleg with the hind leg twice by erroneous assignment of the specified symbols x and # is missed by Sälzle. Such a proof figured with Helbing (Ridinger catalog XXXIV; 1900) as lot 356. On the corresponding sheet of Ridinger’s personal copy here of exclusive proofs for sheets 1-20 the master has corrected this oversight by specially engraved little cover sheets as documented so far here as unique.

Uniquely beautiful impression of the now correct final state with watermark WANGEN as one of the sturdy laid paper qualities preferred by Ridinger. – Margins above & below 3.1-4.9 cm wide, on the left 1.4, on the right 0.1-0.3 cm margin resp., each in addition to the wide white platemark. – Lower margin far right slightly finger-spotted from turning over, some tiny spots also centrally of the far edge.

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– – – The same as rotogravure postcard by O. Felsing, Charlottenburg (Berlin). C. 1900/20. 5⅜ × 3⅝ in (13.8 × 9.3 cm). – Unused “ARTIST CARD”.

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“ … both the Latter Kinds
are Something Rare ”

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). White Hare. Coming from undergrowth, scenting to the left. Colored etching with engraving, supposedly by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: LEPVS albus. / Weißer Hase. / Lievre blanc. / Familia III. Vierzähige. / Riding. fec. 12 × 8⅛ in (30.6 × 20.7 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1044. – 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.

Ridinger, White Hare

“ Of the wild species hares we have delivered here three illustrations, that is a common reddish one, a white one, and one spotted, which furthermore was cornuted; however, both the latter kinds are something rare ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II in German and French, pp. 3 & 2 f. resp., enclosed in copy). – And Thienemann:

“ White it is in the winter coat, otherwise it resembles the common one, and represents an own species

which lives in the Alps. ”

The fine sujet in its vibrant colorfulness

with watermark C & I Honig, similar to Heawood 3346 & 3348, 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”.

The attribution of the transfer into copper to presumably Johann Elias’ eldest on the basis of the sole inscription “Riding. fec.” with at the same time rarer omission of the “er”, as with the plate of the rabbits, Th. 1046, too. The Brown Hare as well as the Cornuted Hare (Th. 1043 and 1045 resp.) each with written-out Ridinger. – Margins on three sides 2-3 cm, below 4.9 cm wide.

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The Leeheim Hare
or about the
Sensuality of a Superb Set of Teeth

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This Hare with Indicated Rare Teeth has been shot in the Forest of Leeheim 4 Hours from Darmstadt Oct. 25, 1753. Printing plate in reverse. (1754/56.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger del. fec. et excud. A. V., otherwise in German as before. 13⅜ × 10⅛ in (34.1 × 25.6 cm).

The optically excellently preserved

Ridinger, Hare with rare Teeth

original printing plate

to sheet 64 (etching with engraving, Thienemann & Schwarz 306; Ridinger Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, VI.6 with ills.; Siebert-Weitz, Ridinger – Bilder zur Jagd in Hessen-Darmstadt, 1999, pp. 34 f. with ills.) of the Representation of the Most Wondrous Deer and other Animals.

“ The comparably small though marked hare with carefully treated coat sits in front of a light rock to which again the knobby, half withered group of trees … contrasts … (It) has been shot in the Leeheim forest (west of Darmstadt, district Groß-Gerau, today belonging to Riedstadt). Its incisors were grown out of the mouth both above and below. The incisors of the hares do not stop growing when they reached the necessary size. As they are subject to great stress they have permanent growth. If for any reason they are no longer stressed they nevertheless grow forth without this resulting in the soon death of the hare. Thus the

very rare abnormity

as on the sheet worked by Ridinger emerges ”

(Siebert-Weitz).

The latter refer to a preserved carved head of a hare with the teeth and that the work forms a pair with the “Stag with the Lob-Ears” shot by landgrave Louis VIII in the environs of Darmstadt August 20, 1754, (sheet 63; Th. 305; Cat. Darmstadt VI.5 & Siebert-Weitz pp. 32 f. – “Belongs together with no. 64” – , both with ills.).

Negative report, however, for further memorabilia in Catalog Darmstadt:

“ Just as of the ‘snub-eared’ main boar (sheet 58; Th. 300; Cat. D. VI.4 & S.-W. 30 f., each with ills.) there are no further evidences of this rare animal in the inventory of the hunting seat Kranichstein. ”

Shielded from tarnishing by fine application of varnish ,

Shielded from tarnishing by fine application of varnish, the plate is generally printable in the ordinary course of its use through the times, however, it is offered and sold as a work of art and a collector’s item, thus without prejudice to its eventual printing quality. Shortly ,

an extremely gratifying , worldwide unique absolutum .

Proposed to you with the recommendation of a timeless-elegantly frameless hanging (fittings included) for that you will experience the reflection of the respective light to the fullest.

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With Eight Legs One runs longer

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Anno 1741. this Hare with 8 Legs and 2 hind Quarters has been shot in its burrow on the so-called Stickelsberg near Meisselhausen. Standing on a grotto before rich foliage. Etching with engraving. Inscribed: 60. / Joh. El. Ridinger del. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind. 1753., otherwise in German as above. 13¼ × 10 in (33.8 × 25.5 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 302; Ridinger Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, VI.19 with ills. – Sheet 60 of the Representation of the Most Wondrous Deer and Other Animals. – The subject itself arched above. – Margins above & below 7.5-8.5, laterally 4.4-4.9 cm wide.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Hare with 8 legs

“ (E)xperience teaches, that there are many freaks, or monstrosities, with the species of hares, e. g.

hares with eight legs , two heads , four ears and the like … ”

(Georg Ludwig Hartig, Lehrbuch für Jäger, I [1812], p. 171).

However, the eight-legged hare came to great fame by the tale, based – contrary to many other – on Hieronymus Carl Frdr. von Münchhausen’s (Bodenwerder, Weser, 1720-1797) own report:

“ Since I hunted a hare for two whole days … Finally though the hare came that near to me … He fell down, and what do you think what I found now? – Four legs my hare had below the body and four on the back. When the two lower pairs were tired then he turned … around, and now it went on with the new ones with enhanced speed. Never again I have found a hare of this kind … ”

(Gottfried August Bürger – ancestor on the mother’s side here – , [Marvelous Travels … and Comical Adventures of the Baron of Münchhausen], Leipsic, Dieterich, 1954, p. 27). – On the possibility of a relation to the German Münchhausen tale Mr. Heppell of the Dpt. of Natural History of the Royal Scottish Museum pointed out on occasion of an earlier visit.

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“ The hare has a great many enemies ,
but the worst is man …
and if the doe would breed only once a year
and not three or even four times ,
no hare would live on earth anymore ,
for his enemies are too many ,
since his game is too delicate ”

Hermann Löns, The Brown Hare

Ludwig Beckmann, Hares taken by Surprise

Ludwig Beckmann (Hanover 1822 – Dusseldorf 1902). Hares Taken by Surprise. Three in the cabbage before grain through which Reynard the Fox already scents. Wood engraving by G. Treibmann for the Xylographic Institute of Richard Brend’amour (Aix-la-Chapelle 1831 – Dusseldorf 1915). (1873.) 7⅞ × 10¼ in (20 × 26 cm).

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« Oh Oh »
Johann Elias Ridinger, Oh Oh
« The Night Owls
consumed a Poor Little Hare …»

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). OH OH. The night owls consumed a poor little hare, so soon cats come along, too, and liked to take them together with the hare, there it is about hairs so about feathers. An eagle owl – Thienemann comments – , sitting on a captured hare, is attacked by two cats which want to take the hare from it. Above a second owl is about to fly down and prevent the heist.

ADDED the complimentary piece: WORLD WORLD. The foxes fetched a banquet in the hen-house, yet at once dogs were set on them, and thus it is about feathers so about hairs. Two foxes – Thienemann comments – , one takes to his heels with a hen in the mouth, the other has dropped the killed cock to defend himself against a dog. Two further packers hurrying down an elevation to take part in the battle.

2 sheet as lively wall-fitting sceneries

in fine hilly water landscape under the full moon, located each at the opposite end of the same pond. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: XXXIV. and XXXIII. resp. / Joh. El. Ridinger. del: et inv(in): 1753. / M. El. Ridinger. Filio suo. sp. 1777, otherwise in German as before and below. 13⅛ × 9¾ in (33.3 × 24.8 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 376 & 377; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, within 1887 ( “New impressions”, 1885!); Reich auf Biehla Collection 118 & 119 ( “Rare”, 1894!; pl. 34 trimmed to platemark); Helbing XXXIV, Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger, 892 & 893 (pl. 34: “Rare”, 1900! ).

Each one rare on its own already 125 years ago —

yet here both together !!

The pair XXXIII/XXXIV with wave-shaped arched top of the 46-sheet set To the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt (“The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings”, Schwerdt 1928, and, so Thienemann, “arranged almost throughout so that always two by two harmonize with each other and form pendants, just as they have been sold in pairs, too” ) etched exclusively by Martin Elias after predominantly his father’s designs and concluded in 1779.

The captions quoted above supplemented by the mottos

“ Oh Oh =
There is no end to robbing and killing ,
and so outrage becomes the third sin . ”

“ World World —
All brave bachelors are burdensome to the belles ,
but the latter in their turn often dangerous to the former ”

on which Thienemann remarks laconically “Yet how the maidens and bachelors fit in here Ridinger may know”.

The motif of the eagle owls besides doubtlessly inspired Friedrich Gauermann (1807-1862) to his oil Fight between Foxes and an Eagle about a Dead Snow Grouse (Boetticher 64) then in the collection Prince Liechtenstein.

Wide-margined impressions of vibrant chiaroscuro originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman on firm laid paper with typographic watermark as one of Ridinger’s preferred qualities

with the Roman numbers

(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.). – In the far white upper margin still both the two pinholes from the original stitching in numbers, at the far right edge of pl. 34 small tidemark. – See the complete description.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, Lying in wait for Hares and how they are driven by the Stoberhund

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Comme on chasse les Lievres par les Levretes. Lying in wait for Hares and how they are driven by the Stoberhund. In rich hilly tree landscape “two Stoberhunds in most fugitive run” drive three hares before the rifles of two huntsmen, with

Ridinger, Lying in wait for Hares (detail)

the fire of the one in front and the ignition lock of the one still aiming

very nicely visible .

One of the longears then already has done his last breath. Etching with engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: Avec privil de Sa Maj. Imp. / I. El. Ridinger invent. pinx. sculps. et excud. Aug.Vind., otherwise as above and with German-French didactic text. 13⅛ × 16⅛ in (33.2 × 41 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 45; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”). – From the unnumbered early 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure, listed by literature as its 33rd sheet. – Margins 2.7-4.4 cm wide. – Barely noticeable on the subject side vertical trace of box pleat and small paper injury at the old stitching margin as well as unobtrusive tiny abrasion in the central foliage and two small tears backed acid-freely in the wide white margin.

“ Among so many persecutions which the hare has to endure, also this is one of the heaviest … the right manner to hunt them this way is, if one … has trained before his Stoberhund quite well … Such dogs have to be set on young hares only at first … ”

THE PAINTERLY SHEET

– not by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the indisputably “most important Augsburg landscapist of this time” –

IN MARVELOUS IMPRESSION

OF DEEPLY STAGGERED VIBRANT CHIAROSCURO

as in such quality rare of old.

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Still without the 3rd Hare

Johann Elias Ridinger, Lying in wait for Hares and How They are driven by the Stoberhund (drawing)

– – – The same as the preparatory drawing in reverse – pencil & black chalk; recto traced, verso ruddled – used for the transfer into the plate of aforesaid etching. C. 1729. 10¾ × 16 in (273 × 408 mm).

Provenance

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

Exhibition

(Fine Hunting Bag — Pictures of Hunting)

Dr. Hanns Simon Foundation Bitburg

January 13 – March 3, 2013

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 and as such

a Ridinger trouvaille of prime degree.

Drawings by his hand in such quality in regard of subject, execution and – size (!) require the favor of the moment already since long.

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. – In acid-free passepartout with 23.5-karat gilt stamped artist’s name and dates.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, Hare Hunt

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Hare Hunt. On a clearing pursued by three greyhounds and almost overtaken. Toned lithograph by Hermann Menzler printed by A. Renaud for L. J. Heymann in Berlin. (1863-65.) Inscribed: Gez. v. J. E. Ridinger, lith. v. H. Menzler etc., otherwise in German as above. 10⅜ × 11⅝ in (26.3 × 29.4 cm).

(Joh. El. Ridinger’s Hunting Album) II/1. – Cf. sheet 18 of “Fair Game Hounded by the Different Kinds of Hounds”, Thienemann 156. – From the “(Album of Interesting Hunt and Group Pictures)” carried as 2nd part. – The whole rare set almost unknown to literature and comprising 80 sheet plus a recently discovered illustrated title of far larger image size (13¾ × 14⅛ in [47.5 × 36 cm]), though practically to be completed just peu à peu. In the pictorial effect corresponding to that of the aquatint technique not used by Ridinger anymore. – On buff wide-margined paper of impeccable freshness. – Compared with the etching the top rounding here enlarged to oblong square. Ridinger’s spruces beyond the valley right here changed to tall pines. In regard of this certain independence additionally charming as collection enrichment.

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One of the Finest , Most Elegant Sujets

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Windhetzer. Chasseur aux levrieres. (Coursing a Hare.) Riding with great ease & elegance under high sky across the undulatory park-like landscape covered with few groups of trees after a hare. Hunting along two big greyhounds. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). C. 1764. Inscribed: L. / Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. et exc. Aug. Vind. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculps., otherwise as above. 13¼ × 10⅛ in (33.8 × 25.6 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Chasseur aux levrieres (Coursing a Hare

Thienemann & Schwarz 124; Ortega y Gasset, Meditationen über die Jagd, 1981, full-size ills. (frontispiece); Pietsch (Ed.), (Porcelain Parforce), 2005, pp. 50 & 121 with illustrations; Steiner, Reverse Paintings on Glass, 2004, 40/40a with illustrations; Wüst, Ein frühmodernes Land im Jagdfieber – Das „ius venandi“ der Markgrafen von Brandenburg-Ansbach, in Triesdorfer Hefte 9, Die Jagd der Markgrafen von Brandenburg-Ansbach in der Frühmoderne, 2010, pp. 12 & 25 (illustration, this copy).

Sheet 12 (“L.”) of the 25-sheet suite of the Hunters and Falconers with their Work. – “The personal hierarchy began with simple rifle cockers, court huntsmen, ‘still hunt-hands, wind hunters’ … ” (Wüst), the latters “those hunting with greyhounds” (Riesenthal).

With FIAT watermark, related to the WANGEN paper favored by Ridinger. – Margins laterally 4, top & bottom 5.3-5.6 cm wide. – Lower edge and upper left on the back with old trace of glue.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, How the Hares are hunted with Hounds

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). La Chasse des Lievres par les Levriers. How the Hares are hunted with Hounds. In open hilly landscape with trees and shrubbery spanned by a splendid rainbow near a farm two huntsmen gallop “after the hounds which are (already only too gladly) about to seize a little hare. Behind some hunters on foot and searching hounds” (Th.). Etching with engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: Avec privil. de Sa Maj. Imp. / I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. sculps. et excud. A.V., otherwise as above and with German-French didactic text. 13¼ × 16¼ in (33.5 × 41.3 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 46; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”). – From the unnumbered early 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure, listed by literature as its 34th sheet. – Margins on three sides 2.8-3.6, on the right 5.7 cm wide. – Marvelous impression of deeply staggered vibrant chiaroscuro as in such quality rare of old.

Ridinger, Hares hunted with Hounds (detail)
How the Hares are hunted with Hounds (detail)

“ How merry this hunt is is best known to those who practice it … they tend to go uphill or run on stony hard paths that the hounds cannot follow them so well … (and) it gives them by many turns back leaps and other craftiness so much to do that they hardly get at it and after many done doubles still keeps its life. ”

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Johann Elias Ridinger, How the Hares are catched with Nets

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). La Chasse de Lievres. How the Hares are catched with Nets. In hilly tree landscape with church district set back at the center wild-lively scenery of hounding & slaying hounds, in their kind hounding & slaying men, and the minority of the hares anxious for their ears of which one on the far left succeeds in taking it to its heels. Etching with engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: avec privil. de Sa Maj. Imp. / I. El. Ridinger invent. pinx. sculps. et excud. Aug.Vind., otherwise as above and with German-French didactic text. 13¼ × 16¼ in (33.5 × 41.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 44; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”). – From the unnumbered early 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure, listed by literature as its 32nd sheet. – Watermark Great Fleur-de-lis (Strasbourg?) visible in outline only. – Margins 3-4.2 cm wide. – Margin tear extending to the last line of text backed acid-freely. – Splendid impression of vibrant chiaroscuro as in such quality rare of old.

Ridinger, Hares catched with Nets (Detail)
How the Hares are catched with Nets (detail)

“ … this kind to catch them with nets is the most pernicious for them, as it takes many of them at the same time … They are driven with Stober and other hunting dogs under the lead of many people through a whole district to the nets … to speak sportsmanlike one says. The hare is quick, it cries, runs, goes into, bucks, breeds, makes room, grazes, is hunted, torn apart and cast off. ”

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Menaces to a Hare's Life

“ The Hare has a Great Many Enemies ,
but the Worst is Man ”

(Hare, Oh! Am I not a Poor Little?) All menaces to a hare’s life, from snares, weasel, fox, wolf, cat, and birds of prey – of the latter even several with feeding at the aerie – up to the larded roast with red wine after the battue in the center field. Wood engraving by Jules Huyot (Toulouse 1841 – Eaubonne 1921) after Ph. Müller. (1873.) Inscribed: Ph. Müller / Huyot, otherwise typographically in German as above and 3-column distich after an old song. 8⅞ × 12¼ in (22.5 × 31.2 cm). – Barely perceptible faint foxing top left within the subject and at the center of the caption.

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