Johann Elias Ridinger, Pride despising others will come to naught by itself

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Pride despising others will come to naught by itself. A peacock shows off with his plumage scoffing at a beautiful rainbow and gets unanimous approval by jay, waxwing, woodpecker, and many others more. Then a marten teaches them all vain transitoriness. Etching with engraving. (1744.) Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger inv. sculp. et excud., otherwise as above in German, Latin, and French. 13¼ × 10 in (33.5 × 25.3 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 772; Metzner-Raabe, Illustr. Fabelbuch, 1998, vol. II (Bodemann), 123.I. – Sheet 8 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”.

Typographic watermark. – Lying loosely on bluish-grey laid paper of the early 18th century watermarked SICKTE along with a C, open to the left, under crown with cross and orb on which it was mounted in the second half of the 19th century. – Partly trimmed to the wide white platemark. Small thin spot together with acid-freely backed tiny tear lower left in the white text field. – Wonderful early impression.

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