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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Tiger=animals (recte Jaguar)

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Les Tigres n’ont que 2. ou 4. petits et encore plus qui sont aveugles com(m)e tous les autres Bétes de proye, ils deviennent à l’age de 40. ans. The Tiger=animals have 2. to 4. and more cubs, which are brought forth blind as all predatory animals; they shall grow an age of up to 40. years. Recte supposedly the Jaguar (“… as one not yet knew to distinguish properly between leopards and tigers”, B. Vignier 1676) in a couple with two sucking cubs in rock ambience. Etching with engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest: / I. El. Ridinger inv. delin. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindel., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13⅝ × 16¾ in (34.5 × 42.7 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 233. – Sheet 38 of the Contemplation 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 4-4.7, above 1.5 cm wide.

Early impression before the numbering as unbeknownst to literature

of shining-marvelous quality & therefore rarity .

Offer no. 15,412 | price on application

– – – The same. Margins above & below 2.3-2.9, laterally 3.4-4.3 cm wide. – On the left in the rock unsuspicious little worm-hole. On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson. – Early impression before the numbering as unbeknownst to literature of likewise shining-marvelous quality and therefore rarity.

Offer no. 15,601 | price on application

– – – The same as impression of shining-marvelous quality of the final state with the number “38.” above right with extremely wide white margins still with the two parallel pricks of the installment stitching in the left margin as well as figurative and faint typographic watermark.

Offer no. 28,094 | price on application