Animals & Amusements in Nature
Revoil, Benedict-Henry. Pêches dans l’Amérique du nord. New ed. With 19 woodcut-plates and 40 text ills. after Jean Edouard Dargent (called Yan’Dargent, Saint-Servais 1824 – Paris 1899). Tours, A. Mame et fils, 1870. 374 pp., 1 l. Contemp. blue h. cloth.
Compare with Howes R 228 and Souhart 402. The latter knows only the original version Chasses et Pêche dans l’autre monde, publ. Paris 1856, and 3 following editions, resp. 1869 and 1873, all at Mame, titled Chasses dans l’Amérique du nord. The edition here probably the first separate edition of the originally 2nd part. Revoil gained his prestige especially as the founder of the famous Chasse Illustrée.
Fine fishing book in an impeccable copy .
See the complete description.
Offer no. 12,225 / EUR 445. / export price EUR 423. (c. US$ 511.) + shipping
“ … the Domestic Animal
of the American Indians so to speak ”
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). An American Bison as he fights off the attacking Bears. In light grotto with fine vista of a vastness interrupted by two rock formations, one against three, of which two of the latter are quite knock-out already. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: XVIII. / Ioh. Elias Ridinger, inv. et del. / M. El. Ridinger, sc. A. V., otherwise in German as above. 9⅞ × 13⅞ in (25.2 × 35.2 cm).
Plate XVIII of the instructive work To the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt published for subscription and concluded 1779 (“The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings”, Schwerdt 1928) and etched in copper exclusively by Johann Elias’ eldest, Martin Elias, after predominantly his father’s designs.
The vibrant scenery from the New World
in with 14¼ × 21¼ in (36.3 × 54 cm) sheet size extremely wide-margined impression on laid paper uncut on three sides with typographic watermark and
with the Roman numbering
(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.).
Offer no. 16,103 / EUR 1176. / export price EUR 1117. (c. US$ 1350.) + shipping
Of Beavers & Otters
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Beaver in its Rest. In front of a hilly landscape sitting by its dam and showing its mighty teeth. Printing plate in reverse. (1740.) Inscribed: J. E. R. inv. fec. et exc., otherwise in German as before. 7½ × 6⅛ in (19 × 15.6 cm).
The optically excellently preserved original printing plate to sheet 84 (etching with engraving, Thienemann & Schwarz 474) of the Design of Several Animals how such are drawn from Life after their Different Nature, Actions and Passions (“These plates are much wanted and frequently copied”, Th. 1856). – With the number “81” as changed for the new edition by Engelbrecht/Herzberg at Augsburg of c. 1824/25 and as documented by Thienemann per parentheses, too. – 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. – With fittings for timeless-elegant frameless hanging. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 16,243 / price on application
The Otter Pendants of the Set
– – – (Otter seeking its Prey / The Otter consuming its Prey.) In a shallow water in front of a high rock & At the foot of a waterfall with a fish. Pendants. Printing plates in reverse. (1740.) Inscribed: J. E. R. fec. and J. E. Ridinger inv. fec. et exc. A. V. resp., otherwise in German as before. 7½ × 6-6⅛ in (18.9-19 × 15.4-15.5 cm).
The optically excellently preserved original printing plates to sheet 83 & 82 (etching with engraving, Thienemann & Schwarz 473 & 472) of the Design of Several Animals how such are drawn from Life after their Different Nature, Actions and Passions (“These plates are much wanted and frequently copied”, Th. 1856). – With the numbers “80” & “79” resp. as changed for the new edition by Engelbrecht/Herzberg at Augsburg of c. 1824/25 and as documented by Thienemann per parentheses, too. – 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. – With fittings for timeless-elegant frameless hanging. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 16,257 / price on application
– – – (The Beaver.) Pressed by four hounds he shows his mighty teeth. Etching + engraving. (1761.) Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger inv. del. Sc. et exc. A. V. 11⅜ × 10 in (28.8 × 25.3 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 153. – Sheet 15 of “The Fair Game hounded by Several Kinds of the Hounds”. – With instructive and detailed caption giving especially the different races suitable to that. – Silver-toned impression not later than from the high-grade Engelbrecht edition about 1824 on the known little clouded fine paper here watermarked “G.R.”. – With wide margins of 8 + 4.3 cm resp. above and below and 3-4.4 cm for the sides. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 28,110 / EUR 483. / export price EUR 459. (c. US$ 555.) + shipping
– – – (The Otter.) In picturesque landscape at a water, lurking for prey. Below the explained great traces of fore and hind legs. 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. 13⅝ × 9 in (34.5 × 23 cm).
Sheet I, 11 of Menzler’s 80-sheet set “(Joh. El. Ridinger’s Hunting Album)”, in which he presents the copies – here plate 16 of the Fair Game, Thienemann 178 – partly freely or compressed to their principal motif, resulting in a first degree enrichment of collections. So in the case here landscape as position of the otter are changed completely. – In the pictorial effect the works correspond to that of aquatints which Ridinger has not used anymore. – On wide-margined light cardboard of impeccable freshness. The inscript of the printer Renaud only barely visible. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 28,436 / EUR 355. / export price EUR 337. (c. US$ 407.) + shipping
– – – (The Beaver.) By a water pictorially overgrown with the traces in the subfield. Toned lithograph by Hermann Menzler as before as plate I/9 of the set. – Compare with Thienemann 177. – The image field contrary to the corresponding sheet 15 of the “Illustration of the Game with the respective Traces … drawn from nature” and the traces only well about ⅔ of their original size. – On extremely wide-margined (24⅜ × 18½ in [62 × 47 cm]!) strong paper. – Some little marginal tears repaired. – Also technically a fine as well as interesting collection’s addition. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 13,111 / EUR 322. / export price EUR 306. (c. US$ 370.) + shipping
– – – (Trace of the Otter.) With two designated large traces below a pictorial scenery. Unused picture postcard in rotogravure by O. Felsing at (Berlin-)Charlottenburg. C. 1900/20. 5½ × 3⅝ in (14.1 × 9.3 cm).
“ARTIST’S CARD” after sheet 16, Thienemann 178, of the “Representation of the Fair Game with the respective traces … drawn from life”.
Offer no. 28,471 / EUR 29. (c. US$ 35.) + shipping
– – – The Beavers have 2. or three Young Ones, obtain their strength for breeding the other year; also grow ever more. Family of four at a far-reaching water. Villages on a peninsula and the far bank. At an old willow the teeth’s strength is proven. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 27. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inv. delin. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin. 13¾ × 17 in (35 × 43.1 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 222. – Sheet 27 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 3-4 cm wide. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back. – The beautiful sheet in an impression of shining-marvelous quality & therefore rarity. – See the complete description.
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– – – The Otter have 3-4 Young Ones; get the ability to breed in the next year; growing up larger and larger. 5-headed family dispersed at a waterfall. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 28. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger invent. delin. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindel., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13⅝ × 16¾ in (34.7 × 42.5 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 223. – Sheet 28 of the STUDY OF THE WILD ANIMALS with Brockes’ rich caption in German. – The beautiful sheet in splendidly fine, warm-toned impression with fine little margins all around. – Quite feeble brown spot in the outermost corner of the white margin below right. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 28,230 / EUR 757. / export price EUR 719. (c. US$ 869.) + shipping
– – – The same, but with margins on three sides 3.7-4.2, below 2.7 cm more wide-margined and of shining-marvelous quality & therefore rarity. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back.
Offer no. 15,400 / EUR 690. / export price EUR 656. (c. US$ 793.) + shipping
– – – The Bears have Two, rarely 3 Cubs; reach their Size in the 5th Year; live more than 20 Years. 7-headed extended family “on and under or beside rocks” in full action with both the two mothers, supported by their each two cubs, squabbling with each other, while the master of the grotto is not concerned by all that. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 31. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger invent. delin. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin. 13⅝ × 16⅞ in (34.6 × 42.8 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 226. – Sheet 31 of the STUDY OF THE WILD ANIMALS with Brockes’ rich caption in German. – With WANGEN watermark as so characteristic for contemp. impressions. – Margins on three sides 3.7-4.9, above 3.2 cm wide. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back. Small margin tear and minimal tear off backed acid-freely. – The quite singularly charming sujet of shining-marvelous quality & raised rarity. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 15,426 / EUR 1250. / export price EUR 1188. (c. US$ 1436.) + shipping
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). American Stag. 12-pointer “All flighty … dark reddish brown, head and neck grey, the tail a strange stub, otherwise equaling the red deer. The drawing unfortunately just from the description of a traveler, therefore fantasy. By the way there are quite a number of kinds of deer in America, therefore also the name ‘American Deer’ is to be dismissed entirely” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: CERVVS Americanus. / Americanischer Hirsch. / Cerf Ameriquain / Familia II. Zweyhufig. / Rid. fec. 12 × 8⅛ in (30.6 × 20.7 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 1009. – 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.
“ One can rightly reckon these animals among the noblest creatures since especially their stature, their antlers, their strength, which at the same time is combined with the most possible speed, provide them with a splendid and majestic sight … (This plate) represents an
which, however, is not drawn from life, but the description of a good friend here, who has been in America himself and has seen such yet. The difference they have is that they are somewhat darker and presumably also smaller than our deer, furthermore that they have quite short antlers, show a white disc behind, and have a very stiff and longer tail. This friend told and affirmed that he had seen and met them in migration of hundreds more than once ”
(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I, pp. 15 f., enclosed in copy).
“on account of the fine illumination” for the colored works
“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Margins on three sides 2-3.4, below 5.4 cm wide. – Two tiny brown spots in the left white margin, otherwise enviably impeccable retaining its original color and notwithstanding Thienemann’s criticism
a splendid plate .
Offer no. 15,883 / EUR 745. / export price EUR 708. (c. US$ 856.) + shipping
In the Fine Contemporary Binding by Hersant
Fisher, P(etrus! = William Andrew Chatto). The Angler’s Souvenir. Assisted by several eminent Piscatory Characters. With
by Henry Beckwith and Topham. London, Henry G. Bohn, 1845. Sm. 8vo. Engraved title, X, 192 pp. Contemp. calf by Hersant on 4 ribs with book-plate, double gilt lines and cornerfleurons, blind stamped line, gilt leading edges, blind stamped inside border, and marbled fly leaves. Gilt edges.
BMC LXXIII, 702 (differing as published 1835 in accordance with the same date mentioned in dedication and foreword here); Westwood, p. 93 ( “The work is clever and caustic, and contains a critique of several of the angling books of the day” ). – Not in Schwerdt. – The faded binding somewhat rubbed. The plates partly a little foxed except for a few, i. a. title and dedication, which have been struck more badly. The text, printed on especially strong paper, only just slightly touched on pages vis-à-vis of plates.
With rich varying borders in wood engraving. – Besides an angling scenery the plates mostly show fish, utensils, and flies. – In London since 1830, later also working in New York, Beckwith is known “by fine animal pieces after Landseer” (Thieme-Becker). – And thus in its contents as plentiful as in its outward appearance
from borders and illustrations up to the binding. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 12,545 / EUR 660. / export price EUR 627. (c. US$ 758.) + shipping
The Sportsman and Naturalist in Canada
King, W(illiam). Ross. The Sportsman and Naturalist in Canada, or Notes on the natural history of the game, game birds, and fish of that country. With
by W. L. Walton for Hanhart and 13 wood engravings. London, Hurst & Blackett, 1866. Large 8vo. XVI pp., errata slip, 1 l., 334 pp. Richly gilt green orig. cloth. Uncut.
Schwerdt I, 284 (“ The coloured lithographs are good ”); Sabin 37857; Westwood p. 127. – Not in Nissen, Souhart + Staton/Tr. – First edition. – Title, contents, and chapter contents in red and black, section headlines in red. – A few isolated tiny mould stains, one plate foxed verso. Leading edges and capitals slightly rubbed. Otherwise fresh and with wide margins. – With two hunting ex-libris.
Offer no. 11,777 / EUR 404. / export price EUR 384. (c. US$ 464.) + shipping
Exciting Large Sheet of a Bear-Baiting
of the Ridinger Time
Oudry, Jean Baptiste (Paris 1686 – Beauvais 1755) – Period – Bear-Baiting. Bear fighting with five hounds the one of them he has finished while another is clutched by him. Three further are coming along. Pen and brush in shaded black brown washed and heightened with a little white. 13⅝ × 21⅞ in (347 × 557 mm).
On thin greyish blue laid paper old mounted on laid paper and inscribed by unknown hand as Jean Baptist Oudry. Of three longitudinal folds including already the mounting paper only the middle one as centerfold sharper. Rubbing marks, some small loss of paper in the outermost margins of both sides and below left.
Outstanding work of great compactness reaching its enormous suspense by renunciation of as good as every trimming as known already by works of the old Dutch master. Compare, e.g., Peter Bol’s etched mainwork of a boar hunt Andresen I, 143. Contrasting to this the soft character as typical for Oudry in many cases. Here supported by the paper. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 13,021 / price on application
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Two Anglers by a river. Round about decoration of all kind. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818), united with his son. 1808. 6½ × 5½ in (16.6 × 14 cm).
Frontispiece to “Kerby”. – Cook’s smaller version without Hogarth’s interpretation of his intention: to show the result of non-observance of perspective. – Trimmed within the wide white platemark.
Offer no. 8,987 / EUR 81. (c. US$ 98.) + shipping
Howitt, Samuel (1756 – Somers Town 1822). Seamen killing a Polar Bear. There is no chance for the bear against the seamen armed with boat-hooks and guns even when one of the two hounds will not survive the embrace. Aquatint together with Matthew Dubourg (fl. London 1808-38) in the original coloring. London, Edward Orme, 1813. 7⅛ × 9¼ in (18.1 × 23.4 cm).
From Foreign Field Sports. – Schwerdt I (1928), 177 ff.: “The coloured plates … especially those drawn by Howitt, are fine, both as regards draughtsmanship and colouring … (The book) is sure to increase in value …”. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 11,770 / EUR 117. (c. US$ 141.) + shipping
– – The Bear Trap. The bear in the pit. Originally colored aquatint together with Dubourg as before. – Two sides of the wide white margin somewhat foxed. One spot also in the clean top margin. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 11,761 / EUR 101. (c. US$ 122.) + shipping
– – A Trap to Shoot the Bear. TThe bear in the spring-gun, stretched up high, reaching in strained expectation for the honey-pot, licking the freely running golden juice, and by this triggering the two shots. Aquatint in the original coloring as above. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 11,776 / EUR 107. (c. US$ 129.) + shipping
Dixon, William Scarth. Hunting in the Olden Days. London, Constable, 1912. Large 8vo. XIII, 386 pp. With frontispiece in heliography + 89 illustrations (counted as 84) mostly after engravings + paintings, but also photographs, on 66 especially buff art paper plates. Orig. h. leather with gilt back + covers. Gilt top edge. Two sides uncut.
Not in Schwerdt, there only two other titles. – Title in red + black. – On Antique de Luxe hand-made paper. – With bibliography (3 pp.) + index (12 pp.). – Back paled into medium brown, the green cloth covers somewhat spotted.
Offer no. 14,356 / EUR 199. (c. US$ 241.) + shipping
Snyders, Frans (1579 Antwerp 1657). (The Bear-Baiting.) The mighty bear resisiting the pack. Steel engraving by Thomas Heawood (fl. about 1850 – d. Leipsic before 1911). C. 1860. 5⅞ × 6½ in (14.8 × 16.6 cm).
Offer no. 4,913 / EUR 50. (c. US$ 60.) + shipping
Ridinger, Martin Elias (1731 Augsburg 1780). The Marsupial =. “It is the white-headed Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana), illustrated not bad at all with two young ones” (Th.). Large front right, resting. A further one in motion (different kind?) separately on the left. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: MABSUPIALE Americanum, oder Carigueya= / Das Beutel Thier= / Sarige, Carigueia Americain. / Familia IV. fünfzeegig. / M. El. Ridinger sc. 12½ × 8½ in (31.6 × 21.5 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 1050. – 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.
“ The same origins from America, and these animals are above all remarkable because below at the belly they have a pouch in which there are 6 or 8 dugs. In this pouch or bag it hides its little young ones … Here it feeds, warms, and protects them from cold and air, just as from the pursuit of their enemies … and carries such as long until they are strong enough to look for feed themselves and to escape … are easily tamed and eat almost everything offered to them … and they are eaten, too ”
(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, p. 11, enclosed in copy).
With typographic watermark C & I Honig 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”. – Margins on three sides 1.9-2.8 cm, below 4.6 cm wide. – Some also somewhat larger brown spots in the white text field.
Offer no. 15,968 / EUR 345. / export price EUR 328. (c. US$ 397.) + shipping
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). (The Bear Looking for Honey). Etching + engraving. (1738.) Inscribed in the plate: J. E. Ridinger inv. fec. et exc. Aug. Vind. / N. 39., title as above. 7¼ × 6¼ in (18.5 × 14.8 cm).
“ Sitting beyond a hollow trunk in which a swarm of bees resides and trying to get rid of the bees (buzzing all around) stinging him in the face. ”
Offer no. 7,297 / EUR 217. (c. US$ 262.) + shipping
– – – (Posture of a Bear just when he starts to march down a Mountain.) Not good looking he takes the head between the paws and tumbles in such a manner downwards as Ridinger describes separately. Etching + engraving as above. Inscribed in the plate: J. E. R. fec. / N. 40., otherwise in German as before.
Offer no. 7,298 / EUR 217. (c. US$ 262.) + shipping
– – – (The Bear in the Lair sucking on his Paws.) Etching + engraving as above. Inscribed in the plate: J. E. R. fec. / N. 41., otherwise in German as before. – Thienemann + Schwarz 431. – Plate 41 of the set. – The title partly a little weak.
Offer no. 7,299 / EUR 202. (c. US$ 244.) + shipping
– – – (The Bear frightened.) Before his den confronted with a snake dating its tongue. Etching + engraving as above. Inscribed in the plate: J. E. R. fec. / N. 42., otherwise in German as before. – Thienemann + Schwarz 432. – Plate 42 of the set.
Offer no. 7,300 / EUR 217. (c. US$ 262.) + shipping
– – – (A Bear consuming his Prey.) In the forest under a strong trunk over a roe. Etching + engraving as above. Inscribed in the plate: J. E. R. fec. / N. 44., otherwise in German as before. – Thienemann + Schwarz 434. – Plate 44 of the set.
Offer no. 7,302 / EUR 228. (c. US$ 276.) + shipping
Fyt, Jan (1611 Antwerp 1661). (The Bear-Baiting.) The bear by the opening of a den hard-pressed by many hounds, but still with good chance to survive if no hunters will come along. On the right prospects over a wide river valley. Chalk lithograph by Johann Woelfle (Endersbach, Wurttemberg, 1807 – Faurndau/Göppingen 1893) for Piloty & Loehle in Munich printed with beige tone plate. (1837/51.) 10¼ × 13⅛ in (26 × 33.2 cm).
Nagler, Woelfle, 51. – Compare with Nagler XI, 312 ff. (Piloty) + IV, 539 f. (Fyt). – Not in Schwerdt. – On mounted China. – Quite faint little fox-spots on the right of the lower margin, a marginal tear acid-freely repaired, otherwise impeccable. – Published within (The Most Excellent Paintings from the Royal Galleries at Munich and Schleißheim) edited by Piloty since 1834 + 1837 together with Loehle resp. Among that Woelfle’s main sheets.
Fyt was surely the best pupil of the great Frans Snyders mentioned before as “The most important Still Life and Animal Painter of Flemish Art, maybe even of his epoch” (Catalogue Berlin/Dahlem, 1975, p. 405). – See the complete description.
Offer no. 28,066 / EUR 302. / export price EUR 287. (c. US$ 347.) + shipping
Thoman(n) von Hagelstein, Tobias Heinrich (1700 Augsburg 1764). Assault by a Lion on a Fallow-deer pursued by a Bear. Sliding down a rock the lion has grasped the deer while the bear appears above behind a fallen tree. Lower right a fox before a hole as surprised as not unwilling to take his part of the prey of the great game. Specially in view of the anticipated quarrel between them. Mezzotint in brown. Inscribed in the plate: T. Heinr. Thoman del. fec. et excud. A. V. 19 × 14½ in (48.2 × 36.7 cm).
Schwerdt III, 172 ( “interesting” ). – Compare with ADB XXXVIII, 65 f. – Plate 1 of a four-plate suite of not numbered fights of beasts, possibly before the Hertel address as in Schwerdt, too, after Thieme-Becker mention “some sets of Animal Fights and Huntings published by J. Gg. Hertel (4 sheet …)”. – Watermark (figurative/typographic?). – Latin-German two-liner:
Here lies the fallow-deer the bear just got
the lion deprives him the prey and lets the bear growl.
With surrounding paper margins of 2-2.5 cm. – Smoothed centerfold. – Two small shaves retouched. – Backside evenly slightly browned, namely the white margins just lightly foxing. Otherwise
wonderful warm-toned impression
as reserved to only the first 50-60 from the delicate mezzotint plate. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 28,139 / EUR 885. / export price EUR 841. (c. US$ 1017.) + shipping
The Wealth of Information
in a Fine Library Copy
Sportsman’s Dictionary, The; containing Instructions for various methods to be observed in riding, hunting, fowling, setting, fishing, racing, farriery, hawking, breeding and feeding horses for the road and turf; the management of dogs, game and dunghill-cocks, turkeys, geese, ducks … and the manner of curing their various diseases and accidents. Improved and enlarged by Henry James Pye. 5th ed. With
17 copperplates .
London, John Stockdale, 1807. 4to. VII, 547 pp. Fine dark-brown h. leather on 5 ribs with ruby red covers, broad leather corners, red back-plate, gilt and blind stamped lines, and coloured fly leaves. Brown edges.
Souhart 389 f. – Mr. Schwerdt possessed only three editions of different volume and size from 1735-1778 differingly titled “The Sportsman’s Dictionary; or, the (Country) Gentleman’s Companion, in all Rural Recreations” and “for Town and Country” (II, 220 f.) resp. But also the edition offered here not unknown to him: “Pye (H. J.) also re-issued ‘The Sportsman’s Directory’, 1807” (II, 118). The frontispiece – a white horse before the stable held by a groom and marked with 45 numbers for his body areas – by Thomas Cook as mentioned by Schwerdt already for the 1778 edition.
The plates instructively illustrating angling – bird-catching + -hunting and all kinds of nets , baskets + weir-baskets for fishing, small game + wolf hunting .
Two names on the fly leaves. – The frontispiece a little waterstained but hardly impairing the picture itself. Only quite weakly waterstained also four plates, but only on two of which reaching also into the picture. A few plates and pages slightly or a little more foxed. A discoulering impairing frontispiece and the little browned title below up to maximal 2⅜ × 4 in (6 × 10 cm) touching also the extreme outer margin of the following ca. 20 ll. – One repaired tear. – The somewhat rubbed front cover with a small retouched missing place. Otherwise almost impeccable copy.
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“ The Delight of Sportsmen
at the Beginning of the Century ”
(Morgan George Watkins, Dictionary of National Biography)
Daniel, W(illia)m B(arker). Rural Sports. 2 vols. With engraved and (1) ill. titles by Peltro William Tomkins (1759 London 1840) and
63 ( 1 double page ) copperplates
by John Scott (London about 1778 – after 1821) after Stephan Elmer (Farnham, Sussex, – 1795, 10), Sawry Gilpin (Carlisle 1733 – London 1807, 10), and others. (London,) Bunny & Gold, (1801-)02. Large 4°. 5 nn. ll., 388 pp.; 3 nn. ll., 520 pp., 2 nn. ll. Brown half leather with gilt back-plate, blind stamping, broad leather edges, and marbled boards. Top edge brown, otherwise paled dotted edges.
BMC IIL, 328; Souhart 132; Schwerdt I, 133 (later edition). – First edition. – On broad Whatman paper of 1794 + 1801. A few plates trimmed within the white platemark, only one title within the publisher’s adress. A few marginal tears repaired. The plates mostly in the white margins a little foxed, only a few + the titles seized more. A few quires evenly slightly browned, otherwise as a whole of great freshness.
The several chapters on hounds – with 50 pages on medicines – , different game as fox, stag, hare, martin, birds (110 pp. with 19 plates), and others more. Furthermore describing origin, principles, and development of hunting laws as a whole as especially related to fish, birds, and hounds. Finally hints on arms and ammunition. Indexes for each volume. – Of definitive thematic priority
FISHING & ANGLING,
containing on 373 pp. and 18 plts. besides numerous descriptions of species with instructions for hauling + needed flies 22 pages especially about making flies and 98 pages with descriptions of the waters, arranged to counties of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
Illustrated and engraved by the best of their time. Scott had
“ the name of one of the most credited engravers of his motherland. He had also the merit of an excellent drawer, who used the graver with a mastery as to be found in first rate sheets only. He stands alone in his superior style of engraving … Some of his sheets are united in éditions de luxe, so separately they are rare or even not to be found ”
(Nagler XVI, 179). And Gilpin , “… a fine English animal painter … named: Apostle of the North” (N. V, 174) – was esteemed as “one of the most important British horse painters. But he had also done excellent with the depiction of other wild animals” (Thieme-Becker XIV, 49). – Elmer “depicted wild and house birds which earned him great applause. He was even to be put aside of the Dutch painters …” (N. IV, 110).
A fine copy of this fascinatingly illustrated ,
as well as textually well-founded manual .
Offer no. 13,130 / EUR 956. / export price EUR 908. (c. US$ 1098.) + shipping
“ Its range extends
over the whole of the United States ”
Ridinger, Martin Elias (1731 Augsburg 1780). Glutton , Raccoon . In bright winter scenery standing on the left the wolverine / glutton / skunk bear of the family of the martens, scenting to the right, vis-à-vis sitting raccoon. Colored etching/engraving. Inscribed: GULO. / Raton aminal (sic!) Americanum. / Vielfraß, / Raton / Le Glouton, / Raton americain, / Familia. IV. Fünffzähig. / M. El. Ridinger. fec. 12¼ × 8⅜ in (31.1 × 21.2 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 1083. – 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.
The Raccoon (detail)
Once limited to North America and there then “largely repressed by persecution (Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., XVI , 406), the raccoon of the family of the bears now since long a fellow member in Germany, too:
“ Its range extends over the whole of the United States, and stretches on the west northwards to Alaska and southwards well into Central America, where it attains its maximum size ”
(Encyclopædia Britannica, 11th ed. , vol. XXII, p. 774).
Watermarked Strasbourg fleur-de-lis above arms and C & I Honig (type Heawood 64/Churchill 428) 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”. – Margins on three sides 1.8-2.8 cm, below 5 cm wide. – Faint tidemark left/center of the lower white plate/paper field. An original fine box pleat center left of the white paper margin extending to the edge of the subject. The right edge of the sheet in the upper half minimally fissured.
Offer no. 15,930 / EUR 470. / export price EUR 447. (c. US$ 540.) + shipping
Sherer, John. Rural Life. Described and Illustrated, in the management of Horses, Dogs, Cattle, Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, etc., etc.: Their Treatment in Health and Disease; with authentic information on all that relates to Modern Farming, Gardening, Shooting, Angling … and a complete system of modern veterinary practice. With 5 woodcuts in the text and
88 steel engravings on 64 (3 folded) plates .
London + New York, London Printing and Publishing Comp., (ca. 1870). 4to. Engraved title, XVI, 1016 pp. Black orig. leather on 4 ribs with richest ornamental back-stamping, partly repeated broad gold and blind stamped fillets on both covers and blue-green marbled fly leaves. Faded red punctate edges.
Not in Schwerdt. – Binding somewhat rubbed and timemarked, lower capital with a little leather defect on 1.5 cm length. – One quire (pp. 889-896) twofold bound in. – Frontispiece and the engraved title quite slightly waterstained. Otherwise of fine freshness except for only very isolated smallest mould stains.
The plates mostly with pictorial sceneries – among them races and huntings – , but also with anatomical and technical details. – Concentrated on
horses (364 pp.) – hunting (121 pp.) – dogs (125 pp.) .
Further articles on cattle , sheep , pigs + poultry (together 273 pp.) , bees (9 pp.) , principles and machines of modern farming (42 pp.) , gardening (68 pp.) , angling (14 pp.) and index (4 pp.) . – In such a way
THE COMPLETE COMPENDIUM IN GENERAL .
See the complete description.
Offer no. 13,131 / EUR 762. / export price EUR 724. (c. US$ 875.) + shipping
Dramatic Scenery – The Atmosphere is charged with Suspense
The Bees feel Bothered – The Bear takes no Pleasure in it
Finest from the Finest among Ridinger’s Drawings
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Spring-Gun on a Bear. The bear, stretched up high, reaching in strained expectation for the honey-pot buzzed about by innumerable bees and licking the golden juice running freely, in the moment of the shots coming off from two sides. Joined by two ropes the bait is mounted to the cross-beam of a trestle resting on strong palisades. Washed brush and pen and brown ink over somewhat graphite. 8⅜ × 13⅝ in (213 × 346 mm).
Drawing in the same direction, thus before its side-inverted version for the transfer on the plate as preparatory for print 8, Thienemann + Schwarz 76, of the 30-sheet set “Ways to trap the Wild Animals” published 1750 (“beautiful and strange sheets of a highly interesting work”, Nagler). In Thienemann only a larger variant and two other preparatory drawings to this set (p. 274c) from the famous Ridinger collection of Mr. Weigel at Leipsic. Known furthermore seven others of the same provenance (a Westphalian Ridinger collection, amongst further drawings and sketches also graphical proofs) as the one offered here, of which two by two were supplied here, too, to an internationally magnificent private collection and to a most important Rhenish Ridinger collection resp., while another – the Lynx by the Turnpike, Th. + Schwarz 82 – is still available).
One of the Master’s Quite Especially Pictorial Drawings
as a Uniqueness of Highest Quality
on thin hand-made paper with typographic watermark. – On the back marginal marks of former mounting in points. Right top corner with a minimal repaired defect, hardly visible only. One 2 cm marginal tear repaired. Apart from that in perfect condition. – Quite wonderful item as one of the small group of quite especially pictorial drawings amidst the previous fullness dominated by its fascinating wash with its richness of light contrast. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 14,973 / price on application
“The Lioness with her cubs attacked by a Bear”
as plate 2 of the 8-sheet set Ridinger held back for decades
– – – (Fights of Killing Animals) or The Big Five. Set of 8 sheet (c. 15 × 11⅝ in [38 × 29.5 cm]). Etched/engraved by Johann Elias himself (the first four after drawings from the thirties (Rolf Biedermann in the Augsburg catalogue 1967) to which his equal friend Brockes, 1680-1747, in Hamburg contributed quite remarkable verses) + by Martin Elias (the second part after drawings of his father made in the year of publication only; the verses in Brockes’ spirit). (1760.) Large fol. Boards brown-stamped on front cover in slipcase.
Thienemann ( “Rare”, 1856! ) + Schwarz 716-723; Cat. Weigel 16,545 (“Old impressions now to be found only rarely”, 1847!) + XXVIII, 40A (of C); (Ridinger) Cat. Helbing XXXIV, 1259 (“Very rare set”, 1900, but Th. 717 in a later impression only); Cat. Augsburg 1967 (three sheet only); Cat. Darmstadt IV.1-IV.7 (without plate 8), all illustrated.
Very fine early impressions preserved as part of a contemporary album separated now. – Wide margins above and below, at the sides differently less. Most of the margins, partly also in places only, for the most part only a little foxed. Two small tears in the lower margin repaired acid-freely.
The Horse and the Lion / The Aurochs and the Tiger (recte panther) / Lioness with Cub by a Rock attacked by an “enormously large bear” / The Furious Leopard (recte tiger) lacerating an Ass / The “Pardel” (Thienemann: maybe the Cougar, felis concolor. Linn., or the American lion) over a Camel / The Elephant and the Rhinoceros / The Wild Buffalo and the Crocodile / The Hippopotamus and the Lion.
Beyond the ostensible theme the first part of the set includes, ingeniously packed up, a politically quite spectacular message in the sense of “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” as quite surely deliberately ignored by Thienemann and now disclosed here for the first time. See to this the enlarged and revised internet version of
See the complete description.
Offer no. 15,449 / price on application
Aubry, Charles (France 1st h. of the 19th cent.). Chasses Anciennes d’après les Manuscrits des XIV & XVe Siècles. Set of 12 lithographs (13¾-16⅜ × 10⅝-11⅜ in [35-41.5 × 27-29 cm]). Paris, Ch. Motte, 1837. Large folio. Loosely in orig. laid watermarked wrapper with illustrated lith. front cover in colour. Uncut.
Schwerdt I, 47; Souhart 28; Lipperheide Tf 24; AKL V, 587, mixing l’Histoire de l’Equitation + Chasses Anciennes to one work, described bibliographically incorrectly, too. – On large strong paper with publishers’ dry-stamp. – Some small tears in the wide white margins restored acid-free. Mostly only within the latters quite minimal brown spots and quite outside a faint tidemark. The wrapper time-marked as usual but without impairment of its illustration which is dominated by silence as well as rich happening.
Quite in contrast to the “Equitation” set, mentioned also within the title here, rare as also qualified by Boerner (CXII, 2296) already in 1912.
Designed in the so-called troubadour style with a main picture as total scenery and a number of instructive smaller details, explained by text strewn in. By which Aubry (“known lithographer”, Thieme-Becker) “achieved an exemplary effect in his genre. In the late work he renounced quite to this framework. 1822 professor for painting at the Ecole Royale de Cavalerie at Saumur” (AKL). – Signed and monogrammed (2) resp. in the stone throughout, 3 dated with 1835 and 1836 (2) resp.
Une St. Hubert – Chasse au sanglier – Chasse au cerf – Chasse de l’antilope au léopard – La chasse du loup – Chasse au faucon – Chasse au lievre à force – Des chiens courans – Chasse de gazelles – Sous Charlemagne (i. a. with a splendid hunting pageant with falconers, the large pack of hounds, bears, lions and cats, partly tamed) – Chasse de l’autruche et de l’éléphant – Chasse au renard . – See the complete description.
Offer no. 12,101 / EUR 620. / export price EUR 589. (c. US$ 712.) + shipping
“ I am pleased to inform you that I received the book in good order and it is very beautiful, I have looked at it now many times and it is very useful for my studies. ”
(Mevr. E. E., June 29, 2002)