Johann Elias Ridinger, Beaver

“ Returned among others the beaver ,
and this meanwhile in such numbers
that he poses a problem ”

Silke Hasselmann, (Debate about Wolves — From Blue-eyed to Hysterical),
Deutschlandfunk, July 2, 2015

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Beaver. By a pictorially overgrown water with the traces in the subfield. Toned lithograph by Hermann Menzler printed by A. Renaud for L. J. Heymann, both at Berlin. (1863/65.) Inscribed: Gez. v. J. E. Ridinger, lith. v. H. Menzler etc., otherwise in German as before. 14 × 9⅛ in (35.7 × 23.1 cm).

(Joh. El. Ridinger’s Hunting Album) I/9. – Cf. sheet 15 of the “Illustration of the Fair Game”, Thienemann 177. – From the “(Representation of the best known Game of Central Europe together with Tracks or Traces)” carried as 1st part. – The whole rare set almost unknown to literature and practically to be completed just peu à peu comprises 80 sheet plus a recently discovered illustrated title of far larger image size (13¾ × 14⅛ in [47.5 × 36 cm]), partly compressed to their principal motif or varied in the environment. – In the pictorial effect corresponding to that of the aquatint technique not used by Ridinger anymore. – On extremely wide-margined (24⅜ × 18½ in [62 × 47 cm]!) strong paper. – Some little marginal tears repaired.

Compared with Ridinger’s etching the image field designed completely freely and the traces in accordance with the generally somewhat smaller format only well about ⅔ of their life size. Irrespective of its value as just as instructive as painterly piece

a  very  interesting  asset  for  any  Ridinger  collection .

Offer no. 13,111 / EUR  322. / export price EUR  306. (c. US$ 370.) + shipping

– – – The same in Ridinger’s own etching in a uniquely beautiful impression with watermark WANGEN as one of the sturdy laid paper qualities preferred by Ridinger. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,789 / EUR  630. / export price EUR  599. (c. US$ 724.) + shipping

Presently available here :

77 (of 80) tinted lithographs
in optically quite particular-fine garb
as well as

a rich selection of individual plates

“ Subject: Thanks!

Thanks for your kind reply. I wanted to comment that your thoughts on freedom (the quote that you had on the end of your message to me) are exactly the same as my beliefs.

I write, however, because I was surprised to get it from Europe … Although an American, almost all my early family were Huguenots … In fact, my relative, Jan C. is noted as the earliest C. to have arrived in N. America (in 1636, I think) … ”

(Mrs. C. F., November 14, 2003)


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