Johann Elias Ridinger, Small Riding School

Johann Elias Ridinger. (Presentation and Description of the School and Campaign Horses by their Lessons, In what occasions these may be used. – Annotations of the Caroussel.) 2 parts in 1 vol. Augsburg, the author, 1760(-61). Sm. fol. Engraved title, 35, 1 pp.; 8 pp. With large title vignette “Ad Pugnam Ludumque paratus.” (Fair to Fight + Game), several woodcut vignettes + borders and 62 etchings (c. 7½-7⅞ × 5½-6¼ in [19-20 × 14-16 cm] and Caroussel plan, 11 × 6⅛ in [28 × 15.7 cm]). Wonderful, richly blind tooled brown calf vol. in the style of old wooden board bindings on 5 especially broad ornamental raised bands with gilt spine incl. gilt stamp “BESCHREIB. CAMPAGNE PFERDEN LECTIONEN / ANNO 1760” and two brass clasps. Contemp. coloured marbled edges.

Thienemann + Schwarz (vol. I, plate XXI) 646-707 + 1301; Schwerdt III, 142; Menessier de la Lance II, 429.

First edition. – Absolutely complete up to the 16th engraving of the Caroussel, the plan. Its missing according to Weigel (1857) characteristic of newer editions. – Without the “3-lined French ‘Avis’ on the not paginated (and otherwise empty, too) p. 36” of the half-titles to the main part only Schwarz mentions. – Title + texts in German-French parallel text throughout.

The etchings widely set in fine surrounding accessories numbered 1-46 + 1-15 leaving aside the plan, the first completely inscribed with “Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. sc. et excud. A. V.”, the other with the monogram “J. E. R.”. Present in uniform really wonderful print quality on strong to heavy laid paper with various watermarks, especially with the large armorial mark along with the 2-lined tag “FAI / WANGEN” (not in Heawood) as frequently used by Ridinger. – With the inevitable exception of the larger sized plan engraving moreover with fine wide margins of 4-7.5 cm above + below and 3.5-4.5 cm on the sides (leafsize 12¼ × 8⅝ in [31 × 22 cm]). Coming along with this the practically uniform snow-white freshness, in regard of which isolated small deviations must not be mentioned necessarily. But, however, though scarcely recognizable, the professionelly healed larger tear in the white upper margin of the slightly shorter title leaf with a hardly impairing faded short pre-owner’s name. Equally settled furthermore a really small tear in the white upper margin of plate 22 and the tear of 4 cm reaching up to the image margin in the left lateral margin of plate 23. – First and last leaves with slight pressure traces in the white margin caused by the clasps’ nails.

The rich tooling of the boards determined by a centre field of 7⅝ × 4⅜ in (19.5 × 11 cm) shaped by lines and flower stamps, enclosed by 6-lined ornamental border that itself is limited to the outside by lines. The triple decorative stamp of the spine analogously to the letters gilt tooled. – Shortly, round about a showcase copy.

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