“ The care of the hounds
let be highly recommended to you … ”
“ Especially excellent are the sheets with the hounds which ,
describing the life of these so to speak ,
are a treasure for the huntsman ”
Langlumé (lithographer provable in Paris before 1822, last 1824). Hound + Pointer. With stretched body and in stretched running resp. at work. 2 sheet. Colored chalk lithographs. 8¼-9¼ × 10¼-11¼ in (21-23.5 × 26-28.5 cm).
ALSO IN COLORING VERY CHARMING PENDANTS
of these early lithographs.
Thieme-Becker XXII, 351. – On strong vélin untrimmed on two and three sides resp. – Sky and margin in parts a little to barely impeding foxing.
Offer no. 14,529 / EUR 299. / export price EUR 284. (c. US$ 343.) + shipping
The Four Seasons of the Hounds
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Spring of the Hounds. Washed brush drawing over pencil. within the subject below left inscribed with pale pencil: Joh. Elias Ridinger inv. et del. 17¼-17⅜ × 13¼ in (438-440 × 336 mm) (subject size 16¾-16⅞ × 13¼ in [426-429 × 336 mm]).
The pictorial preparatory drawing
in reverse to sheet 1 – Th. 105, illustrated in Blüchel, Die Jagd, II, p. 79 – of the Four Seasons of the Hounds supposed for the early ’40s, furnished with marks of trace and, on the back, red chalk, on strong, but not heavy laid paper with watermark “IV” as known for the time and documented here for Ridinger, e.g., for his 1723 drawing Alexander the Great at the Hyphasis 326 just as for two sheets of the Ten Plates Monkeys most likely published colored only by the sons as second edition.
Of best condition except for a pinhead-small hole and, predominantly on the back, seven marginal traces of former mounting in spots on a sheet removed only by now (on this by old hand in italics as inscription in the center “Coursing” and on the right “Ridinger”). In the center of the narrow white subfield of the drawing itself a “20.” in pencil as supposed inventory number of a former owner and therefore mark of origin of a more comprehensive collection of drawings.
The also by its size marvelous drawing
for the opening sheet of this wanted rich set. – Contrary to the etching the pack leader’s tip of the tail a little less formed and the waterhound’s left foreleg concealed under the belly.
To the complex of the hounds’ Four Seasons Thienemann (1856, portfolio 2, e, page 275) was only acquainted with the likewise washed drawing of the Summer sheet (Th. 106) from the Weigel stock, which is, however, not anymore in Weigel’s Catalogue of the Bequeathed Drawings and Prints of 1869 (see there pp. 197 ff.). Then there was, also to the Summer sheet, the likewise large-sized and washed skeleton study to its stag in the “Fine Collection of Drawings and Engravings of Joh. Elias Ridinger from the Possession of a Wellknown Collector” sold by Wawra in Vienna in 1890 (no. 67). And 1900 in Helbing’s huge Ridinger catalogue (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger, XXXIV, 1547) the “brilliant pen and ink drawing in outline” of the same size to the Fall sheet. Here finally known, too, the equally large one of Winter. And the
completely executed , ultimate one of the Spring sheet
now present here after long absence from the market – to the best of the knowledge here it was sold last in spring 1969 – in finest condition.
Extraordinarily charming finally the duplication of the master’s working process on the transfer to the copper plate in the form of the already mentioned red chalking and tracing, the latter down to sub-parts as not used generally. By this, however, allowing the that wanted, as famous as precious “view over the shoulder”.
Offer no. 28,878 / price on application
Co-Founder of the Family Dynasty of Karlsbad Glass Cutters
Pfeiffer, Josef Anton (1807 Karlsbad c. 1870). Female hound with six puppies in a strawlaid shed. On the right low wooden water trough.
Body color heightened with white
with partial white glazing. On the back inscribed in ink by own hand: J. Anton Pfeiffer / 1825. 15¾ × 21⅝ in (40 × 55 cm).
Thieme-Becker XXVI, 527. – Early work by Josef Anton, who together with his elder brother Anton Heinrich represents the start of the family dynasty of Karlsbad glass cutters. See hereto also Pazaurek, Gläser der Empire und Biedermeierzeit, Leipsic 1923. – Lower right in pencil by different hand: Ant. Pfeiffer 1825. – Above with narrow paper margin, else trimmed at, partly just within the borderline. At the right edge at three places traces of former mounting extending up to 5 mm into the subject.
Offer no. 15,677 / price on application
Wintter, Joseph Georg (1751 Munich 1789). Three Dogs, among them Hound + Bulldog, before Kennel disputing over Bones. Etching. Inscribed: Jos Geo: Wintter inv fecc et excc . 4¼ × 6⅞ in (10.9 × 17.5 cm).
Niemeyer 125, II. – Obviously not belonging to any of the Nagler sets if not belonging to Niem. 3-14. – From the 44-sheet Augsburg omnibus edition on strong paper Schwerdt III, 190, a ( “Rare”, 1928 ) of 1821 the earliest. The wonderful quality of its impressions discloses the small editions and caused Schwerdt, not knowing the chronological factor, to assume proofs before the letter in many cases. But already on occasion of the here not otherwise proven 137-sheet edition Weigel 21336 stated in 1857: “Most sheets very rare”.
His “etchings are fine and stand in their execution between those by Hollar and Riedinger. In 1784 W. became electoral Court and Hunting Engraver” (Nagler in vol. III, no. 68, of his Dictionary of Monogramists of 1863 and on his part additionally referring to the rarity of these fine plates).
Offer no. 16,193 / EUR 348. / export price EUR 331. (c. US$ 400.) + shipping
The Pointers’ Four Duties
Represented surprisingly inadequately in Old Inventories
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Pointers in Action. Set of 4 sheet. Etching with engraving. Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger inv. del. sc. et exc. A. V., otherwise in German as below. 11⅛-11⅜ × 9⅞-10⅛ in (28.2-28.9 × 25-25.8 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 101-104; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger 9 A (“Old impressions on laid paper.”); Nagler 23; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1790 (“newer impressions”, 1885); Collection Reich auf Biehla 17 (2 of which as “new impressions”, 1894); Georg Hamminger collection 1540 (only 3 sheet, one of which in addition with text margin only); Helbing XXXIV (1900), 241; Schwerdt III (1928), 136. – Not in Coppenrath collection (1889/90).
Pointer before a Hare in the Lair – Pointer on Pheasants – Great Pointer in Action at Partridges – Small Pointer in Action at Quails .
The extraordinarily charming unnumbered suite
“ worked by Ridinger in his best period ”
(Th.) each in picturesque landscape in conjunction with grain fields, sheet four additionally before a herm splendidly adorned with arabesques and crowned by Augsburg’s cembra nut – “the Pyr, once mark of the Roman legionnaires when they pressed northward, but also ancient symbol of fertility” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Jan. 17, 1985).
Impressions originating from an old omnibus volume of a nobleman on strong laid paper with at least partially typographic watermarks and wide margins of laterally 3-4, above & below 8-10 cm, the first three of which numbered by old hand in bistre XXXXVI-XXXXVIII. – Sheet 1 partly & sheet 4 (7 mm wide light brown streak at the lower far edge) quite marginally below inked a touch to black, otherwise very very fine.
Sheets 2 & 4 later with plate nos. 67 and 86 (Schwarz 104a) upper right as mark of their use within later editions of the Most Wondrous Deer and other Animals and replacing there the original pointers Th. 308 and 328 resp.
Increased by those and two further ones (Th. 274 & 278) one encounters the suite also as 6 and 8-sheet set resp. Correspondingly Th. 274: “Is also sold with the collection: ‘Pointers’ if six piece are stated.” And in 8 sheets numbered consecutively in writing it was included here in an earlier contemporary omnibus volume. Th. 274 & 278 currently available here apart.
Offer no. 15,693 / EUR 2300. / export price EUR 2185. (c. US$ 2641.) + shipping
– – – The same with three sheet in warm-toned old impressions on laid paper (at least two of which with typographical watermark identifiable in outline), of which the later impression on wove paper of the pheasant sheet contrasts not disharmoniously also in regard of the margin. The latter 0.8-1 and (pl. 2) 1.7-2 cm resp. around. – Pl. 2 with tiny margin tear backed acid-freely, pl. 4 with small thin spot in the sky part. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 16,168 / EUR 1490. / export price EUR 1416. (c. US$ 1712.) + shipping
« A hunter need never be ashamed
to be found in company with his dog ! »
James Fenimore Cooper, The Prairie
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Par force Hunter with the pack. Postcard in rotogravure after Thienemann 115 by O. Felsing, court copperplate printing office, Charlottenburg (Berlin). Same place, Nationaler Verlag Wilhelm Felsing, c. 1900-1918. 5⅜ × 3⅝ in (13.8 × 9.2 cm).
Unused “ARTIST POSTCARD” after the sujet of the Falconers set etched by Martin Elias R. – “He rides an English horse and blows the bugle. The pack accompanies him solemnly and quietly”.
Offer no. 28,455 / EUR 29. (c. US$ 35.) + shipping
The Nymphenburg Pointer
Document of a Moment of German History
the Return of the Bavarian Elector Karl Albert
as German Emperor Karl VII to Munich
by which Ridinger entered himself in the Book of History
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). In the Year 1734 this Well-Trained Pointer has been drawn from Nature during his Action inside the Pheasantry by the Imperial Pleasure Seat Nymphenburg at Munich (this above the scene together with large column of water). Etching with engraving. Inscribed: 32. / J. E. Ridinger fec. et excud. 1744. , otherwise in German as above. 14½ × 11 in (36.8 × 28.1 cm).
Sheet 32 (Thienemann + Schwarz 274) of the Representation of the Most Wondrous Deer and Other Animals. – Margins above & below 7.7 and 6.5 resp., laterally 3.3-3.5 cm wide. – Small rust spot in the caption.
The “imperial” work of 1744
by which Ridinger saluted the Bavarian elector Karl Albert
on his return to Munich in 1744
as now Emperor Charles VII .
crowned by his brother Clemens August , Elector of Cologne ,
as third and last of the Wittelsbacher he was already at Frankfort on the Main in 1742,
where Goethe’s father owed to him his “Imperial Councillor”
and the mother dreamed of the melancholy imperial eyes ,
but the quarrels attended with that had him kept back there.
By accentuation of the Munich castle Nymphenburg
as “imperial” from now on
Ridinger showed him his reverence. Only one year later the glory of these few years oppressive for the emperor as well as for Bavaria and Germany ended by death. But with the etching of 1744
Ridinger had entered himself into the book of history .
Offer no. 15,602 / EUR 980. / export price EUR 931. (c. US$ 1125.) + shipping
Augsburg’s Cembra Nut — Immortalized by Ridinger
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Small Pointer before Quails. In front of a herm splendidly adorned with arabesques and crowned with the Augsburg coat of arms cembra nut amidst sumptuous landscape. In front right grain field. Etching and engraving. Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger inv. del. sc. et exc. A. V., otherwise in German as above. 11½ × 10¼ in (29.2 × 26.1 cm).
“ worked by Ridinger in his best period ”.
The old written bistre numbering “26” upper right to the opinion here by Ridinger himself. Schwarz 104a records as variant a copy numbered in print there with “86” as hint for its use as sheet 86 of the Representation of the Most Wondrous Deer and other Animals instead of the otherwise regular Well-Trained Pointer as it stands before Partridges as work of 1766 by the son Martin Elias after his father’s design of 1757 as variant of the 3rd sheet of the set of Pointers (Large Pointer standing for Partridges, Th. 103). – Watermark noticeable in outline.
Offer no. 13,190 / EUR 445. / export price EUR 423. (c. US$ 511.) + shipping
“ As Cynologist
Beckmann was a First-Class Authority ”
Beckmann, Ludwig. (History and Description of the Races of the Dog. With the co-operation of the most notable breeders and judges, and in accord with the officially recognized race marks of the authoritative societies at home and abroad, published and illustrated by …, hunt and animal painter in Dusseldorf.) In German. 2 vols. Incl. two frontispieces with
86 (83 mounted) plates in wood engraving
and lithography (3, 2 of which in color)
as well as numerous wood engravings within the text .
Brunswick, Vieweg and Son, 1894/95. In-4. XV, 386 pp., 1 l. errata; XIII, 351 pp. Brown orig. h. calf-binding with broad leather corners, textured board covers, and blind-patterned white silk fly-leaf. Marbled color edges. – Nissen 278.
THE EXPENSIVELY PRODUCED MONUMENTAL STANDARD WORK
in decidedly fine copy with just slight brightening of the decorative gilt tooled back with its two back-plates each. – With engraved “He” and “She” exlibris resp. of the same collection.
The wood engravings – printed on thin paper the plates are mounted on light carton with typographic imprint – from the xylographic studios of Brend’amour, Dusseldorf, + Vieweg themselves, the paper by Vieweg Bros., Wendhausen. The three lithographed plates by the Berlin court lithographer W. Greve.
While the wood engravings within the text already show a plenty of dogs besides anatomical depictions so the plates
84 pedigree dogs apart or as couple or group resp.
as well as one skeleton + development of the teeth each. The plate wood engravings throughout, those within the text frequently with Beckmann’s signature or monogram in the block, now and then also that of the engraver, especially the plates partly additionally with Brend’amour’s address.
His passion for the hunt resulted in the study of game life ,
game painting, and once more by way of literature animal illustration
in which he achieved outstandingly
… He became best known by his drawings for wood engraving, however … for which he partially also wrote the text himself …
As cynologist Beckmann was
a first-class authority ”
(Thieme-Becker III, 156).
Offer no. 15,144 / EUR 1470. / export price EUR 1397. (c. US$ 1689.) + shipping
Following Johann Elias Ridinger’s Etchings of the Hounds of 1738 from the just as rich as beautiful suite Design of Several Animals, As such have been drawn from Life after their differentiated Kinds, Actions and Passions. Varying inscriptions (J. E. R. fec. / J. E. Ridinger inv. (del.) fec. et exc. A(ug). V(ind).), titles as quoted in German. C. 7⅛-7⅞ × 5¾-6⅛ in (18-20 × 14.5-15.5 cm). – Instructive sheets (“much wanted”, Thienemann already in 1856) in fine impressions of the first edition on strong paper with margins above & below c. 4-9 cm, laterally 1.5-2.5 cm wide. – Here and there on the left 1 cm narrow fold strip from previous stitching. – At the upper edge still both the two original fine pricks.
Larger Kind of Bärenbeisser. Vigorously to the right on a ledge. – Thienemann 392.
Offer no. 15,635 / EUR 210. (c. US$ 254.) + shipping
Smaller Kind of Bärenbeisser. In rock ambience vigorously to the right. – Thienemann 393.
Offer no. 15,628 / EUR 186. (c. US$ 225.) + shipping
Leader. In thick wood at stretched leash wound around a branch, “he sniffs at deer scents” (Th.). – Thienemann 394. – Illustration
Offer no. 15,636 / EUR 220. (c. US$ 266.) + shipping
English par force and German Hounds. The former coupled resting to the right, the latter spotted ones to the left. – Thienemann 395.
Offer no. 15,629 / EUR 220. (c. US$ 266.) + shipping
French par Force Hounds. Four of them before the stone basin of a park. – Thienemann 396.
Offer no. 15,633 / EUR 220. (c. US$ 266.) + shipping
Smooth and shaggy common Greyhounds. Two of them, coupled, resting and sitting resp. to the right. – Thienemann 397. – Illustration
Offer no. 15,631 / EUR 210. (c. US$ 254.) + shipping
Great Irish Greyhound. Presumably the Irish Wolfhound, attentively scenting big in lake landscape. – Thienemann 398. – Illustration
Offer no. 15,637 / EUR 168. (c. US$ 203.) + shipping
Turkish grey or par force Hound. Standing to the left before mountainous scenery. – Thienemann 399.
Offer no. 15,638 / EUR 220. (c. US$ 266.) + shipping
Bloodhound. In full action in thick Ridinger wood. – Thienemann 400. – Illustration
Offer no. 15,642 / EUR 235. (c. US$ 284.) + shipping
Boar=Finder. “A small, wire-haired, angry dog, barking” (Th.) in thick wood. – Thienemann 401.
Offer no. 15,627 / EUR 235. (c. US$ 284.) + shipping
Boar Hounds. Standing expectantly-impatiently and lying vigorously-attentively resp. – Thienemann 402.
Offer no. 15,634 / EUR 248. (c. US$ 300.) + shipping
Light Cours Hounds. Only one, big in hilly landscape. – Thienemann 403.
Offer no. 15,632 / EUR 186. (c. US$ 225.) + shipping
Spaniel and Small Pointers. Five of them before overgrown picket fence. – Thienemann 404.
Offer no. 15,639 / EUR 135. (c. US$ 163.) + shipping
Small Grey English Hare and Stober Hounds. Six of them at mountainous edge of the wood, “two pairs coupled, the stoberhund wire-haired”. – Thienemann 405.
Offer no. 15,640 / EUR 185. (c. US$ 224.) + shipping
Tachs=Schlieffer, Tachs=Würger. Three dachshunds on a hill. – Thienemann 406.
Offer no. 15,641 / EUR 168. (c. US$ 203.) + shipping
Otter Hounds, and Water Hound. Four of them before mountainous waterfall. – Thienemann 407.
Offer no. 15,630 / EUR 160. (c. US$ 193.) + shipping
Danish, and various Poodle Hounds. “The Dane rests, three poodles in various positions”. – Thienemann 408.
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Was Ridinger shy
at Confrontation with the Own Work ?
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Innocence suppressed by an Invent Pretext. A hare escaped from three dogs on a rock falling a victim to a wonderfully feathered falcon swooping down. Etching and engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). After 1767. Inscribed in the plate: J. El. Ridinger. inv: et del. / M. El. Ridinger. sc. et exc: A. V., otherwise as above in German, Latin, and French. 13¼ × 9¾ in (33.5 × 24.9 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 784; Metzner-Raabe, Illustr. Fabelbuch, 1998, vol. II (Bodemann), 123.I. – Sheet 20 of the Fables. – Quite wonderful impression probably watermarked WANGEN along with a figurative label. – With 5-27 mm wide margins all-around. – The repeated “.” after Ridinger not quoted by Schwarz. Instead of the “:” after “inv” here there only a full stop and instead of the “:” after FABUL mentioned by Thienemann + Schwarz for plates X ff. here always only a full stop.
The exceptionally rare last supplementary sheet
as the final one of the intellectually as optically exceedingly charming “Instructive Fables from the Animal Kingdom for Improvement of the Manners and especially for Instruction of the Youth” by which
“ Ridinger pursued a typical purpose of his epoch. A ‘Correction of Manners’ by the morale efficacy of art – albeit in a quite different manner – William Hogarth, almost of the same age as Ridinger, had attempted by his paintings and prints … Yet while Hogarth and Chodowiecki tried to gain recognition for their (identical) ideas by satirical sets, as A Rake’s Progress, 1735 … Ridinger built on the – especially suitable to him (that is, so he himself, ‘since the hoary times of the ancient ages’) – tradition of the animal fable ”
(Stefan Morét, Ridinger Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, p. 96).
With Ridinger in this case aiming at yet quite another object, that is a social-political one. As already the title
“ The Innocence suppressed by an Invent Pretext ”
given the tenor, so it says in the separately printed text by Brockes (1680 Hamburg 1747)
“ Enough one charges the poor with , / What never he had done . /
The fresh rage of the mighty birds /
hits very often still the weak hare !”
And Thienemann interpreting: “The falcon speaks to the hare and this replies:
‘ Wait, I will teach you to lead the hounds to my nest, for that they will rob me of my young ones!’ / ‘How could we approach ourselves to your aerie without wings?’ / ‘Yea, yea, always you think on my ruin, do you not have wanted to sell me to the hunter two years ago and badly cursed my young ones?’ / ‘There I does not still was born.’ / ‘So it was your mother. O no longer I can tolerate this bad species.’
After this (the falcon) gripped and lacerated the little hare, which dying still cried: ‘Oh, how it is easy for the malice to suppress the innocence!’ … ‘Enough one charges the poor with …’”.
The sentence staying in closest context to the denouncing of the system of absolutism of all times expressed by Brockes/Ridinger by sheets Th. 716-719 of the set Fights of killing Animals. See hereto the 1998 Dresden Address – The Minimized Ridinger.
Artistically beyond all that at the same time also, creating a new image type, leaving behind once more tradition and field. For, so Ulrike Bodemann in Metzner-Raabe,
“ No similarities to fable illustrations known hitherto .
Enormous image sizes filled almost entirely by the representation of a central factor of the fable tale. Surroundings mostly dense, natural wood .”
And Regine Timm, ibid., vol. I, p. 171 :
“ In his large plates Ridinger … sometimes has included vegetable growth or rocks, too, dominantly in his illustrations indeed, but without decorative intention. The plants and rocks mean the thicket, the deserted loneliness of the forest, in which the strange tales among the animals happen. ”
The set consists of 20 plates, of which Johann Elias, however, has published only the first sixteen. Presumably by stylistic scruple. For with the last four, etched/engraved only by his eldest, Martin Elias, and published posthumously, he gives up the superabundance of the previous, his moreover only newly worked fable conception, in favour of a now also for himself thoroughly newly, sovereignly formulated large flat clearness (exemplarily for this especially plts. 17 + 20) with which to grapple with he obviously has shied at the end though. And where to follow him was impossible for Thienemann, too, still one hundred years later (“have less artistic value, but are nevertheless estimable, and their rarity is to be regretted”). What here, however, is regarded as a remarkably advanced artistic expressiveness. Culminating just in the fascination to have created not only a new fable image, but cultivated this, once more in itself, to a new level.
Comparable in this connection, as quoted repeatedly by Ridinger, it may be pointed out to Watteau and here to his “Party in the Open/Park” in Berlin, on which Pierre Rosenberg notes: “… the Berlin painting is
an evidence that the artist wished to reinvent himself
by creation of a new type of composition …”
(Exhibition Catalogue Watteau, Washington/Paris/Berlin 1984/85, p. 415).
Relating to Ridinger quite exemplary his “Memento Mori” Schwarz 1426 worked in mezzotint, for that three states could described here for the first time which document a radicalized spiritualization of the civic fine composition of the picture originally Dutch anchored. In this case promoted by the necessity of retouchings of the mezzotint plate technically conditioned extremely fast wearing off which according to the expert Sandrart (1675) only permits 50-60 good impressions.
Ridinger’s fable image then also a highly momentous milestone within the “basic corpus of about 900 editions of illustrated fable books” up to Chagall’s Lafontaine folio with its 100 etchings worked 200 years later as downright a glaring light for the immortality of the fable illustration.
That Ridinger had conceived his set originally substantially more comprehensively is evidenced by his preparatory drawing to the 20th fable inscribed by him “Fab 31” traded here, that to the 19th inscribed “Fabel 29.” (Weigel, 1869, no. 384), and the one known to Thienemann numbered “30”, yet remained unused like further unnumbered ones.
The practically inevitable great rarity of the four supplementary sheets known to literature since Thienemann’s statement of 1856: they “make themselves very scarce, are already not to be found in some older editions, and have been left out entirely in the latest, what is to be regretted though” (p. 151).
Accordingly then also the 1889 catalog of the Coppenrath Collection on the 20-sheet copy: “Fine main set … Rare”. And in 1900 Helbing qualified in his 1554-item Ridinger catalog (XXXIV): “The last (4) numbers are extremely rare”. And while he owned beside a complete copy multiple single prints of the first sixteen except for 12 & 13, so of the final four plates only 17 & 19 in one additional copy each. On the market till today then almost only the 16-sheet basic set, too.
The different printing states of the title, documenting the repeated editions, besides most beautiful proof of the success of the work, which obviously did reach its particular target group, the youth.
Offer no. 12,514 / EUR 1007. / export price EUR 957. (c. US$ 1157.) + shipping
“ The care of the hounds
let be highly recommended to you … ”
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Fair Game Hounded by the Different Kinds of Hounds. With annotations how such are hunted, attacked, catched, held fast, brought down, and partly throttled by them … presented and edited by Johann Elias Ridinger painter and engraver, director of the Augsburg Academy, too, in the year 1761. Set of 22 sheet.
Engraved title with large vignette of a boar-hunt
21 etchings with engraving
(11⅛-11⅜ × 9¾-10 in [28.4-28.8 × 24.8-25.3 cm]) in the mixed technique of etching + engraving typical for Ridinger and his time.
Ruby red morocco
with 4 ornamental raised bands, 2 dark green back-plates, gilt two-piece title on the front + Ridinger-stag-vignette on the back cover, gilt lines on both, and ridinger handlung niemeyer (ridinger gallery niemeyer) on the inner front cover below, all in 23.5 carat,
in homogeneous Solander box
– traced back here far beyond Thieme-Becker (vol. XXVIII, 1933, p. 308) seamlessly directly to the master’s estate itself and therewith correcting Thienemann who in 1856 declared the plates of this set as being deprived – the
original printing-plate to the title
in reverse (11¼ × 10 in [28.6 × 25.5 cm]) as removable solitaire laid into the front cover under polycarbonate glass (more resistant to aging + UV light than Plexiglas, but equally sensitive to scratches). Above the artist’s name and below the hall mark as unicum
and on the inner front cover ridinger handlung niemeyer, all gilt tooled as before.
Thienemann + Schwarz 139-160; Weigel, Kunstlager-Cat., XXVIII, 13 A (?, perhaps intermediate state, of A-C); Nagler 16; Coppenrath pt. II, 1464; Schwerdt III (1928), 137 (“An interesting series”). – Illustrations: Schwarz I, plt. VIII; Stubbe, Ridinger, 1966, plts. 14-16; Ridinger Cat. Kielce, 1997, pp. 38-41.
Copy of absolutely uniformly fine print quality ,
most wide-margined sheet-size of 21½-22 × 14⅜-15 in (54.5-56 × 36.5-38 cm) ,
coming from an old extensive collection ,
three sides uncut
with the original laid paper edges (sic!) ,
while before binding the left-sided clean cut with practically nevertheless the full 6 cm margin like on the right suggests that two plates each may have been printed on one sheet of paper being in accordance with the size of Ridinger’s largest prints, Th. 67/68, printed from one plate each. In the absence of any traces of tacks and marbling the set was obviously never bound. Only the title, printed differently on especially buff laid paper, cut also at the top and thus with only 53 cm a little shorter.
For comparison :
Schwerdt’s copy reached with only 17½ × 11¾ in (44.5 × 29.8 cm) already the top of its boar-spike !
Isolated typographic watermarks. – Outer margins of the title slightly smudgy and right-sided somewhat teared. Three sheets with original small defects in an outermost marginal corner. Slight trace of squeezing in the white outer margin of XI, a smoothed diagonal fold in left and lower margin touching still the outermost white corner of the plate and a further one, confined to the outer white upper margin, in XII. The general squeezing of the paper of VII predominantly confined to the right half and here noticeable somewhat disturbingly only out of the subject.
The European Bison – The Bear (“there is a good engraving of a bear fighting with hounds, pl. 14”, Stubbe) – The Elk – The Red Stag – The Wild Sow or Boar – The Wolf – The White Fir-Stag (Fallow-Deer) – The Wild Swan (“surely the rarer Whooper Swan”) – The Lynx – The Reindeer – The Roe – The Chamois – The Fox – The Beaver – The Otter – The Wildcat – The Hare – The Badger – The Marten – The Polecat, Squirrel and Weasel – Wild Ducks .
“ Thus a theme with 21 variations … What a variety, what a truth in the expression of emotions! Yes, indeed, he is in fact an animal mind-painter. Hence his works speak to us so exceedingly, hence we cannot take our eyes off them, hence he sticks … always new, valuable and esteemed … One of the later works of Ridinger, but completely done himself alone … ”
On top the figuration closed in an arch. – With 9-13-line caption as well to the game itself as to selection + action of the different races of its assailants. In this instructiveness quite in the sense of Stubbe, who quotes in respect of the Par force Hunting as a further late work (p. 30):
“ … and their captions … bring together the pleasant satisfaction
which good informations , devised thoroughly , can give .
A life full of hunting experience ,
a knowledge, earned in many years by conceivable alert attention, of the causes and considerations which lead to the single steps and hunting practices qualify the artist to define all kinds of hunting
not only after their execution ,
but especially out of their reasons .
This happens … in all shortness … the limited space below the subjects suffices for intensive, yet easily understandable annotations in engraved writing. ”
And so it is the quite extraordinary satisfaction and joy here together to be able not alone to not just present anew this
textually as optically so splendid homage on our hounds –
“ The care of the hounds let be highly recommended to you
out of dark lair you will drive surely a wild boar by their cries! ”
( caption of the title-vignette ) –
but in company with the original plate of the title – worked by the master himself alone and sheltered from environmental influences by varnish – and the wide-marginedness crowned by being uncut on three sides as a truly
grand et unique exemplaire de luxe
for elitist placing. As a provocatingly exclusive sovereign eye-catcher, enviedly reflecting the noblesse of the house. Shortly,
on account of its beauty as a Gesamtkunstwerk ,
a synthesis of the arts ,
you will look at this incomparable “ – Le Grand Exemplaire – “ again and again full of inner touch.
Offer no. 28,822 / price on application
« Dogs have all good qualities of man ,
without simultaneously having their faults »
Frederick the Great
Following Steel Engravings about 1835 with full platemark (not measuring with if not stated else), as rather more seldom for steel engravings, and left-sided stitch margin.
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767) – After. A Hound. Standing in full-size before landscape staffage interestingly fixing a gadfly sitting before it. In the same direction to Thienemann 734, belonging to the “Neue(n) Thier Reis Büchl” of 1728. Subject/plate size 7⅛ × 9¼ in (18.2 × 23.5 cm).
The sympathetic-charming motif
Offer no. 14,821 / EUR 84. (c. US$ 102.) + shipping
– – – – Two Hounds. Before the kind of a tent with landscape staffage to the left. Sleeping the speckled one in front, behind it watchfully straightened up and growling the other. In the same direction to Thienemann 735, belonging as before. Subject/plate size as before. – The impressive motif . – See the illustration Schwarz I, p. 92.
Offer no. 14,820 / EUR 89. (c. US$ 108.) + shipping
Cooper, S. (the animal painter Thomas Sidney C. ?, Canterbury 1803 – Vernon Holme near C. 1902) – After. Russian Wolf Catcher. In front large to the left before a lumber yard to the right with laborer scenery at the bank of a wide river enlivened by a sailboat + rowing-boats with the silhouette of a municipal district vis-à-vis dominated by a dome cathedral and a stone-bridge (Saint Petersburg with Peter and Paul Cathedral and Petersburg Bridge?). By Johann Siebert as before. Inscribed: XXV / S. Cooper pinx. / I. Siebert sc. Nbg., otherwise as above in German. 6⅝ × 8 in (16.9 × 20.3 cm).
Offer no. 14,823 / EUR 79. (c. US$ 96.) + shipping
Pointer, A Spanish. Struck the bag, the hunter only coming nearer. 6¾ × 8 in (17.2 × 20.3 cm). – The letter rather pale, but not the subject itself.
Offer no. 14,811 / EUR 69. (c. US$ 83.) + shipping
Spaniel, The / Snipe Hunt. With the hunter pointing at, the hound jumping forward. 6¾ × 8 in (17 × 20.2 cm). – Two slight smudges in the additionally white paper margin below.
Offer no. 14,812 / EUR 74. (c. US$ 89.) + shipping
Pointer standing Black Grouses. With hunter + hunting-hand each on horseback along with a further hound. 6⅞ × 8 in (17.6 × 20.2 cm).
Offer no. 14,813 / EUR 72. (c. US$ 87.) + shipping
Setter. Pointer with the hunter coming along. Engraved by Christian Daumerlang (also Daumenlang, Wöhrd near Nuremberg 1812 – Nbg. 1851) after an anonymous copy. 6¾ × 7⅞ in (17.1 × 20 cm).
Offer no. 14,814 / EUR 72. (c. US$ 87.) + shipping
Dachshunds, English (Therriers). Three of them and a badger trying to sidle off. Engraved by F. Hirchenhein(m?). Inscribed: XXIII / Hirchenhein (elsewhere Hirchenheim) sc:, otherwise as above in German. 6¾ × 7⅞ in (17 × 20 cm).
Offer no. 14,822 / EUR 72. (c. US$ 87.) + shipping
Solo Catcher, The. Right in front portraitlike large hound with the captured hare
while left-sided placed back the field of the horsemen accompanies the hare hunting still going on. 6⅞ × 7⅞ in (17.4 × 20 cm).
Offer no. 14,819 / EUR 74. (c. US$ 89.) + shipping
The Plague for Fox, Hound + Man:
4x Fighting Rabies – 4x Hygiene History
(Mandate of Frederick Augustus Duke of Saxony Against the Running About of the Dogs and the Hydrophobia in General and What is to do against it. Along with the annexes “Cause of the Hydrophobia of the Dogs and the Symptoms of such Rabies” and “Instruction How one has to behave in Case of a Bite of Rabid Dogs and How one can take Precautions against the Sad After-Effects”). Published Dresden September 7, 1782. Fol. (13¾ × 8¼ in [34.8 × 21 cm]). With two vignettes in woodcut. 12 ll. With the printed ducal signature along with the “L(oco) S(igilli)” mark. Stitched.
File number “Nom: 13.” by old hand on title. – Especially the main part in beautiful, large typography. – Wide-margined.
Extraordinarily rich decree
on combat + cure of hydrophobia by cutting the mad-worm + 8-page instruction on curing bitten men.
Offer no. 13,081 / EUR 496. / export price EUR 471. (c. US$ 569.) + shipping
(Mandate of Frederick Augustus Duke of Saxony Regarding the Restriction of Dog-Ownership and the Precautions to arrange against the free running about of the dogs and for prevention of the danger to be afraid of rabid dogs. Along with the annexes “Causes of the Hydrophobia of the Dogs and the Symptoms of such Rabies” and “Instruction How one has to behave in Case of a Bite by Rabid Dogs and How one can take Precautions against the Sad After-Effects”.) Published Dresden April 2, 1796. Fol. (13¾ × 8⅝ in [34.8 × 22 cm]). With large initial vignette in woodcut and a second one. 16 ll. With the printed ducal signature along with the “L(oco) S(igilli)” mark. Stitched. Uncut.
File number “Nom. 23” by old hand on title. – Last four ll. with small worm-gallery in the wide white upper margin. Final leaf with two brownspots. – Especially the main part in beautiful, large typography. – Wide-margined.
Extraordinarily rich decree
on combating + curing of hydrophobia
with direct reference to the preceding statute of September 7, 1782, realizing
hygiene as protection against illness .
Offer no. 13,082 / EUR 496. / export price EUR 471. (c. US$ 569.) + shipping
(Directions to the Inhabitants of the Towns and the Country regarding the restriction of dog-ownership and the prevention of the danger to be afraid of rabid dogs. Repeating the mandate of April 2, 1796, along with the accompanying annexes “Causes of the Hydrophobia of the Dogs and the Symptoms of such Rabies” and “Instruction How one has to behave in Case of a Bite of Rabid Dogs and How one can take Precaution against the Sad After-Effects.”) (Dresden) 1797. Sm. 4to (8⅛ × 6¾ in [20.5 × 17 cm]). 24 pp. Stitched.
File number “Nom: 24” by old hand on title. The latter browned, a little dirty and with a small inconspicuous worm-gallery quite minimally touching also the following leaf.
The billboard version of the extraordinarily content-rich edict
on combating and curing the hydrophobia ,
recapitulating the regulations of the mandate issued the previous year as updated version of the statute of September 7, 1782 in partially changed order
in sentences as short as pregnant .
Offer no. 13,083 / EUR 345. / export price EUR 328. (c. US$ 397.) + shipping
Edict (by Frederick William, King of Prussia, Margrave of Brandenburg) Regarding the Becoming Rabid of the Dogs and therein abolishing the so-called cutting of the mad-worm under the tongue as “the success did not correspond with the result hoped for”. Published Berlin February 20, 1797. (Berlin,) Georg Decker, (1797). Folio (13⅝ × 9⅝ in [34.5 × 24.5 cm]). Title, 3 unpag. ll. on 2 double leaves. With the printed royal signature along with the “L(oco) S(igilli)” mark. Uncut.
Offer no. 12,238 / EUR 322. / export price EUR 306. (c. US$ 370.) + shipping
“ Of the Hounds
and their Training , Care , and Cure … ”
“ How the Par Force Hunt Hounds … ”
Döbel, Heinrich Wilhelm. Neueröffnete Jäger=Practica Oder der wohlgeübte und Erfahrne Jäger, Darinnen Eine vollständige Anweisung zur gantzen Hohen und Niedern Jagd=Wissenschaft in Vier Theilen … (New Opened Practice of the Hunter Or the Well Practised and Versed Hunter, In that a complete Instruction to the whole Knowledge of the Noble and Small-Game Hunt in Four Parts … All described thoroughly and clearly from many years practice … Along with a preface by the Mr. Chancellor (Imperial) Freiherr von Wolf. 3rd revised edition much enlarged especially in forest matters. 4 pts. in 1 vol. Leipsic, Joh. Sam. Heinsius, 1783. Sm. fol. With several partly figurative woodcut-vignettes and illustrations and
21 folded engravings
(20 c. 13¾ × 15¾ in [35 × 40 cm], one 13¾ × 7½ in [35 × 19 cm], all comfortably folded on full-size blue laid paper). 13 unpag. ll. title, prefaces + contents, 148, 264, 192, 108 pp., 32 unpag. ll. index. Later light brown h. pigskin with stamped back-title + lines, pigskin corners with lines, dark brown marbled covers, and bluish-grey insides + fly leaves.
Schwerdt I, 146 c; Jeanson 1709 + Cat. 1987, 183 and Souhart 143 each for other editions. – The classic published first in 1746 in three parts and with only 20 coppers, likewise at Heinsius, followed in 1754 by the 2nd edition enlarged to four parts, and then enlarged anew present third one, again in folio with now 21 coppers. In smaller size (8vo and large 8vo resp.) then a Vienna edition of 1785/86 and as 4th edition the one Leipsic 1828 revised “completely and little valuably” (Meyer’s Conversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., vol. V , p. 16) and accompanied by 9 representing plates only.
Of the characteristics of the proper and the winged game, the hounds and their training , care , and voluntary exercise as of the setting up of several hunting-grounds and preserves.
Of the various kinds of hunting, the utensils belonging to each one and to make the correct use of them.
Herein among many relevant others
Of the par force hunt / What belongs to the arrangement of a perfect hunting equipage or par force hunt / Of the training of the young hounds / Of the feeding of the young hounds / Of the par force horses / The presearch for the par force hunt / Of the functioning of the young hounds / How the par force hunt hounds are set in work and breath before they can be used to the perfect hunting / The starting to catch the stag / How it further goes on with the hunt / How to give care to the hounds and to keep them by health / Recipes for various illnesses of the hounds / Of the celebration of the feast of St. Hubert / Of the still-hunt or shooting / How a deer-cry is made and used / Of the still-hunt for wild boars / To call the roe / To whistle for the curlew / Of the whistle for the snipe and others more / Of the whistle for the cuckoo / Of the hunt on winged game (chap. 136-217, pp. 171-264).
Of the nature of the woods and other knowledge belonging to the noble hunt.
Of diverse necessary hunting requisites and nature of the woods. – Herein among others
Some annotations on the characteristics of the noble stag as passed over in the first part / Of the false use of the leader / Of the most well-known names of the par force hounds / Of the fishery (pp. 64-108).
The accurately worked coppers ,
one of them with the signature of Joh. Gottfried Krügner II (1714 Leipsic 1782), illustrating the technical details of the whole as then i. a.
How the instruments for the lay out of the alleys, wing setting, and hunting courses are to be made / Presentation of forming the alleys, especially to an octagonal star-alley and a hexagonal one resp. / Clothes, nets, toils / Of a material carriage / Prospect of an organized main hunt along with the course (very small hole in the foot of a participant below right) / Course to the stag hunt / Hunting screen / Course to a confirmed hunt on stag and boar resp. / A counter-hunt / A real round course / Ground plan to a course / A hunt in a broken course / A course with straight wings and a roundness + A further presentation of a course for the boar hunt / Traps / Turnpikes / Altimetry of the trees / To measure out the timber / Fast traps for several predacious animals + Requisite to catch larks .
“ (Döbel’s) ‘Opened Practice of the Hunter’ deals with many subjects of hunting knowledge so excellently, that they are worthy of notice still now.
The work of the leader and bloodhound ,
the arrangement of the surrounded hunt etc.
are described exemplarily . ”
(Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, op. cit.).
VERY FINE COPY , almost absolutely impeccable, only two acid-freely repaired marginal tiny tears and the above-mentioned little hole in one plate. Several clear marginal additions in pencil for Latin names of trees. – Cover insides + fly leaves (the latter three-leafed under use of old paper) renewed, lower edges of the covers rubbed.
Offer no. 14,803 / EUR 1485. / export price EUR 1411. (c. US$ 1706.) + shipping
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Great Kind of the Greyhounds of which the larger one represents the guard or rescuer. In fine landscape with vista of a place the two coupled hounds on the right, while on the left the hare lies with the hind quarters on the gun with instructively drawn ramrod. Etching with engraving. (1756.) Inscribed: 68. / J. E. Ridinger inven. Sculps. et excudit Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above. 9⅞ × 7 in (25 × 17.9 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 310. – Plate 68 of the Exact and True Representation of Both the Most Wondrous Deer and Other Particular Animals … of the Rarities showing in Nature. – With 21¼ × 14¼ in (54 × 36.2 cm) sheet size extremely wide-margined impression on laid paper with typographical watermark untrimmed on three sides. – Printing of the number and the two lines caption a little weak.
Diane Marston, contributor to Harp and Hound, the semi-annual publication of the Irish Wolfhound Club of America, thinks for both of them of indeed the Irish Wolfhound (as per mail of Jan. 21, 2001).
Offer no. 16,107 / EUR 470. / export price EUR 447. (c. US$ 540.) + shipping
173 Pages & 12 Copper Plates dedicated to the Hounds
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 4to. 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 f. (2nd edition of 1805, now in 3 vols. + suppl. vol. of 1813). – 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 ( 173 pp. + 12 copper plates ,
with 50 pages on medicines for hounds ) ,
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.
A fine copy of this as well fascinatingly illustrated
as textually well-founded manual
characterized by Morgan George Watkins in Dictionary of National Biography (vol. 14 , p. 32) as
“ the delight of sportsmen at the beginning of the century .”
Offer no. 13,130 / EUR 956. / export price EUR 908. (c. US$ 1098.) + shipping
Following wood engravings of the 19th century as a technique frequently used in the 2nd half of the century which came up about 1800 and – contrary to the woodcut done with the knife along the grain – was executed with the chisel crossways to the grain in a stock of hard cross-cut wood to achieve the picturesque tone that constitutes
the charm of also present sheets
from c. 1870-1880. Predominantly with artist/engraver inscriptions in the stock these works are partly, as then mentioned, plate wood engravings printed with tone plate. – Also see Hanebutt-Benz, Studien zum dt. Holzstich im 19. Jhdt., Frankfort/Main 1984.
Hounds, Playing. Wood engraving as before.
Offer no. 12,381 / EUR 76. (c. US$ 92.) + shipping
Pyrenees, Dogs from the. 2 parts: Above female with 5 whelps and the male dog tied up in the background, below 3 heads. Wood engraving. C. 1870. 10⅞ × 7¼ in (27.5 × 18.4 cm).
Offer no. 11,215 / EUR 76. (c. US$ 92.) + shipping
Specht, Friedrich (Lauffen on the Neckar 1839 – Stuttgart 1909). St. Bernard Dogs. Two dogs in the snowed-up mountains, one scenting into a crevasse. In the back supposedly the hospiz of the Great St. Bernard. Toned wood engraving by Richard Henkel for A. Cloß, Stuttgart. (1875/77.) Inscribed: FSpecht / A Closs X I / R Henkel sc., otherwise as above. 10⅞ × 8 in (27.5 × 20.4 cm).
Offer no. 9,766 / EUR 82. (c. US$ 99.) + shipping
– – Mountain Dogs Fighting with a Wolf. The wolf is already seized by the throat, from the chalet the herdsman comes along with his gun. Toned wood engraving for Cloß as before, but without engraver inscription. 10¾ × 8 in (27.3 × 20.3 cm). – See the complete description.
Offer no. 9,549 / EUR 84. (c. US$ 102.) + shipping
Gélibert, Gaston (Médouy/Hautes-Pyrénées 1850 – Châtillon-sous-Bagneux/Hauts-de-Seine 1931). Bracke. Head with collar to the left. Wood engraving by Jules Huyot (Toulouse 1841 – Eaubonne 1921). C. 1870. Inscribed: Gaston Gélibert, otherwise in German as above. 7¼ × 5¾ in (18.4 × 14.5 cm).
Pupil of his father, the animal painter Paul G., whose field he favored together with his brother Jules and continued including hunting. Showed at the Paris Salon since 1870. – Some feeble foxspots in the wide white margin below.
Offer no. 11,178 / EUR 46. (c. US$ 56.) + shipping
– – Small Bracke. Head to the left. Wood engraving as before.
Offer no. 11,179 / EUR 43. (c. US$ 52.) + shipping
– – Dachshund. Two resting dachshunds on a clearing. Wood engraving as before, but 6⅛ × 6⅝ in (15.5 × 16.8 cm).
Offer no. 11,192 / EUR 60. (c. US$ 73.) + shipping
– – Hound from Brittany. Head to the front right. Wood engraving as before. Inscribed: Huyot. / Gaston (sic!), otherwise in German as above. 6 × 5½ in (15.3 × 14 cm).
Offer no. 11,227 / EUR 50. (c. US$ 60.) + shipping
Gélibert, Jules (Bagnères-de-Bigorre/Hautes-Pyrénées 1834 – Capbreton/Landes 1916). “Bull terrier”. Achieved by cross-breeding in the Manche, very small and strong race for cave hunting. Two of them before straw and large trough. Wood engraving by Jules Huyot as before. Inscribed: Huyot. / Jules Gélibert, otherwise as above. 5¾ × 8⅜ in (14.5 × 21.4 cm).
Thieme-Becker XIII, 365: “(Gélibert) paints almost exclusively animal and hunting pictures … ”. – Pupil of his father as above. Showed at the Paris Salon since 1859, then in Brussels + Berlin, too.
Offer no. 11,213 / EUR 65. (c. US$ 79.) + shipping
Offer no. 14,463 / EUR 66. (c. US$ 80.) + shipping
Well-Trained. Hound bringing a hare to the hunter meanwhile fallen asleep under an oak. Wood engraving by Huyot as before after Henri Télory (Strasbourg 1820 – 1874/75). (1873.) Inscribed: Telory / Huyot, otherwise in German as above 5⅝ × 8⅜ in (14.2 × 21.2 cm).
Offer no. 11,180 / EUR 69. (c. US$ 83.) + shipping
“ At this time we are on our boat … I hope you extend the same faith in me as I have in you in paying for this sizable sum in advance (sight unseen) in the expectation of delivery … Best regards ”
(Mr. P. C., July 22, 2002)