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Rare Good Sport
of the Count of Hohenlohe-Öhringen

Johann Elias Ridinger, White Fox

Rare the Fox ,
yet foremost Instructive the Gun

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). In the Year 1720. His Excellency Sire Count of Ohringen (Hohenlohe-Öhringen) has shot this entirely white fox himself close to Ohrenthal (near Öhringen on the Ohrn in the Ohrn district). “The white fox hangs by one of the hind legs, beside him a strong greyhound lashed up, before one sleeping and still three other hounds” (Th.). Etching with engraving. (1750/53.) Inscribed: 56. / Joh. El. Ridinger Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above. 13⅝ × 9⅞ in (34.7 × 25 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 298; Ortega y Gasset, Meditationen über die Jagd, 1981, full-page ill. p. 65. – Plate 56 of the till today unmatched comprehensive standard work Exact and True Presentation of Both the Most Wondrous Deer and Other Particular Animals … of the Rarities showing in Nature published for subscription.

Barrel , ramrod , sling , lock , trigger guard —

with 18.5 cm quite instructive-dominating on the left

the extremely long flint-lock gun

by which the white one was bagged and on the barrel of which he now hangs. – The representation arched at top as the following four plates, too. – Lower and partly right outer margin barely disturbingly a little spotted.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, White Fox (impression of c. 1859)

– – – The same from the final complete edition, Leipsic c. 1859. 13⅝ × 9⅝ in (34.5 × 24.5 cm). – On toned vélin with margins of 1.8-2 cm all round, drawing impeccably clear and vibrant still in the subtlest italics.

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