With 8 Undescribed First States

The only Colored First Edition of

Ridinger’s Colored Animal Kingdom

Johann Elias Ridinger, Trained Elephant

in an all round absolutely

Unrivaled Copy

of presumably ultimate Ridinger genuineness with particulars sovereignly outperforming the characteristics of the regular copies. Where in his cumbersome piecing together one yet only almost complete copy Thienemann happened upon 7 print variants, here then, at a blow! , as jackpot fifteen of these ! As well about 10% of the whole ! And en passant still several variants to Thienemann into the bargain.

In addition to this a binding of quite unique singularity, remarkably thoughtful and comfortable at once first the combination of text & plates, leading into a leather binding the titling of which

Johann Elias Ridinger, Colored Animal Kingdom

in turn points at the Ridingers. Who in such a manner quite obviously would have laid the copy in stock for high society walk-in customers. Specifically ordered, compiled specifically chosen. As the very best of the best. As conjectured here before on occasion of two leather-bound copies, whose purchaser must have called in Augsburg between 1777 & 1779.

Yet of all this that early colleague from about the last quarter of the 19th century still had no idea about, when he cataloged this copy as

“ a complete copy in such preservation

Johann Elias Ridinger, Colored Animal Kingdom (provenance catalog clipping)

supposedly went on sale never before ”

This sound original provenance as prelude to two further no less grave ones!

Library mark

Martin Elias and Johann Jacob Ridinger (ed.). Representations des Animaux selon leur grande varieté et leurs belle couleurs suivant des desseins (sic!) originels / (The Animal Kingdom represented in its Great Variety and in its Fine Colors from Original Drawings). 2 pts. in 1 vol. (Augsburg, author’s ed., 1754 – c. 1773.) In-2 (16⅛ × 11⅜ in [41 × 29 cm]). 20 pp. (French text), 24 pp. (German), 1 l. index; 17 pp. (French), 20 pp. (German), 1 l. index. 2 etched title engravings in ruddle, woodcut border, 5 large figurative vignettes (1 engraved, 4 in woodcut) and

127 mostly glazed colored copper plates .

16-page complete description available

Grandeur to grandeur — what a copy !!

Offer no. 16,287 | price on application

“ Complete Copies are almost untracable ”

So already 1857 in Weigel, Art Stock Catalog, pt. XXVIII, Ridinger Appendix 63a
(torso of but 120 ll.)


Colored Animal Kingdom

And even individual plates are hardly inferior in this

At niemeyer’s yet presently nevertheless the one as the others

For the latter stock richly illustrated 32-page folder available


Taken off well

Johann Elias Ridinger, American Deer

is half won