Johann Elias Ridinger, Camel Deer

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Camel Deer. Guanaco standing to the left. Colored etching with engraving, supposedly by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: CAMELO-CERVVS. / Cameel Hirsch. / Chameau=Cerf. / Familia I. mit zwey Klauen. / Ex Collection Hr. Secr. Klein, in Danzig. / M. El. Ridinger =. 12¼ × 8¼ in (31 × 20.9 cm).

Thienemann (erroneously? only “Fam.” in contrast to here “Familia”) + Schwarz 1038. – 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., sect. XXVIII, Ridinger Appendix 63a as merely 120-sheet torso, 1857 ! , but also just individual plates quite rarely on the market only, at niemeyer’s currently the one as the others all the same). – 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.

“ A well-done representation of this American animal rarely to be seen over here … head, neck, feet largely white, everything else fairly rusty-yellow … a llama which is found in freedom from times immemorial ” (Th.).

With watermark C & I Honig, similar to Heawood 3346 & 3348, as that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble to the Principal Colors of Horses

“on account of the fine illumination” for the colored works

“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Margins on three sides 1.7-3 cm, below 5 cm wide.

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