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 & 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 Representation 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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Einem sich nicht zu einer 12blätterigen Ridinger-Folge entschließen könnenden Interessenten mailte L.H.N. was sein altmärkischer Großvater zu sagen pflegte, wurde bei Tisch genörgelt: Wer nicht mag, ist der Beste.

Daraufhin der noch gleichen Tages nun zugreifende Reflektant:

„ … Denn : wer doch mag , ist nicht der Schlechteste “

(Herr C. R., 22. Februar 2017)


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