Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Six Plates Camels. 6 sheet. Etchings with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: No: I(-VI). / Johan[n] (I) and Joh. resp. El. Ridinger ad vivum del. / M. E. Ridinger sc. A(ug). V(ind). 12¼-12⅝ × 8¼-8½ in (31.2-32 × 20.8-21.6 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 529-534; Weigel 16545 (“old now rarely occurring impressions”, 1847!) & XXVIII, 26A, each incl. the 2 plates buffaloes; Coll. Würtemberg 1794 (1843; “Rare” and as here, too, without the buffaloes); Silesian Ridinger collection Boerner XXXIX, 1894 (1885; “Rare”); Th. Reich auf Biehla 134 (1894); Coll. Gg. Hamminger 1669 (1895; “Very rare set in excellent impressions”) & 1670 (“partly later impressions”); Schwerdt III, 141; Counts Faber-Castell 36 (1958).
Showing camels and dromedaries in all positions, loaded and unloaded, and – plates I-IV – explaining per 2-3 lines caption in German:
“ True representation of a loaded camel, in a Turkish caravan – Camel with one hump unloaded, otherwise also called dromedary – A Camel with 2. humps, as such is found frequently in the Turkish Barbary Africa and Asia … – Representation from another view , (drawn) from life in various positions
when it was shown here in Augsburg … ”
The latter came, slightly modified, into the limelight once more on occasion of the Colored Animal Kingdom concluded posthumously about 1773, on which occasion the Ridingers put on record in the lead text (pt. I, page 22; included in copy):
The Augsburg Murderous Camel
“ Our blessed father had occasion to see this once here in Augsburg. As he drew such one the animal became that furious with its master for he tired it too much at once by frequent kneeling down, that, after he was about to bring such one to its proper place and to rest in the shed and rack it up, it kneeled down on him and pressed him, that he, as the saying goes, turned black and blue and could not cry anymore. Upon this our blessed father, who was alone with him, took a pole just about there and poked the animal from behind at the privates, whereupon it released its driver at last and he was still saved. ”
Plates V & VI finally with tympanist & cymbalist, standing and lying from various angles as well as at lying down together with several head, resting, and other details. Shortly , a series created from every angle for its own sake.
And till today that rare that in the 1990s the present decisive Ridinger collection paid dearly to obtain the sets of both the present Camels and the likewise comprised Monkeys, equally desired for decades, through the acquisition of one of the Pompadour album volumes of Baron von Gutmann’s legendary Marjoribanks Folios (his personal copy I of the two Roman ones of his Ridinger Catalog [Schwarz] in their elitist inaccessibility).
Typographic (“WANGEN”) & figurative watermarks. – With fine little margin all round the edge of the platemark. – Without the ensuing two plates buffaloes which, although included by Ridinger in the numbering, deviate by their oblong format already outwardly. – I & II mounted in points by old, otherwise verso traces of previous mounting in points showing through as brown spots in each the corners of III & V. Sheet II ditto, but more negligibly and in the two upper corners only. Irrespective of this
evenly fine warm-toned impressions
of this as rich as instructive & both locally and behaviorally suffused set .
Offer no. 16,026 / price on application