Documentary  Cross-Section

of  Ridinger’s  Œuvre

in  Moreover  Optically  quite  Particular-Fine  Garb

Ridinger – Rohlfs – Menzler, Hermann.

Johann  Elias  Ridinger’s

Hermann Menzler. Johann Elias Ridinger's Hunting Album

Hunting Album

Drawn from the originals of Joh. Elias Ridinger … (as well as of Adolf Rohlfs, court hunt painter of prince Frederick Charles of Prussia). 3 pts. & 1 suppl. in 1 vol. Berlin, Ludwig Julius Heymann, Tauben=Straße 25, (1863-1865). Fol. Suite of

77  (of 80)  toned  lithographs

in upright (56) & oblong formats of c. 12⅞-14⅛ × 9 and 9⅞-10⅝ × 11⅜-11⅝ in (32.6-36 × 23 and 25-27 × 29-29.5 cm) resp., printed by A. Renaud, now and then also by A. Hölzer. Dark green broad h. sheepskin vol. with leather corners,

Hermann Menzler. Johann Elias Ridinger's Hunting Album

gilt lining, gilt ruby red back-plate at the spine and, inlaid, front cover, green Roma-Fabriano laid paper as cover of boards & fly-leaves, gilt reduced Ridinger stag from the Evening (Th. 240) of The Deer’s Times of Day on the back cover, on its lower interior edge additionally “ridinger handlung niemeyer” in likewise 23.5 carat gilt tooling as well as bound with green 2 ll. title (with princely collection stamp) & announcement for the 1st issue, here laminated against each other, in uniform h. leather slipcase with the stag on both covers.

Schwarz XIX-XXII (XXII supposedly erroneously “After an orig. drawing” instead of after Thienemann 141). – Not in Schwerdt, Souhart, Nissen & Rümann, as practically not known to literature in general. – Subdivided into three divisions of which one sheet each formed a number, that is:

Ridinger, Deer Hunt at Nymphenburg 1731
A Hunting Scene (Nymphenburg 1731)
Ridinger, Lammergeier
The Lammergeier

Representations of the Best-Known Fair Game of Central Europe
together with tracks or traces,
among these an 8-sheet supplement after Adolf Rohlfs
with gallinaceous birds incl. wood grouse, wild ducks & geese, snipes & bustards

Collection of Rare Deer Antlers Abnormities and Deer Pictures

Album of Interesting Hunt and Group Pictures

Reflecting important works of such major suites as the Representation of the Fair Game (16) , the Most Wondrous Deer (26) , the Fair Game hounded by the Hounds (10) , the Study of the Wild Animals , the Princes’ Hunting Pleasure , the set of the Ways to trap the Wild Animals as well as the Midnight from The Deer’s Four Times of Day with nightly green-bluish tone plate, the latter otherwise preponderantly chamois colored, but also i. a. in green. The binding divisionwise according to the respective three division titles with contents shipped after completion of the work though not present here. Only diverging from this by pulling up of I, 2 (The Red Deer) before I, 1 (The Hare) for the optical sake.

Complete  belonging  to  the  greatest  rarities  among  the  Ridingeriana

– so just one complete copy provable here for the postwar decades while a contemporarily bound copy traded here before came to only 75 sheet – also here three sheet are missing, namely II, 15 & 22 as well as III, 6 or 42, 49 & 60 resp., whose later hanging in would be made possible by a prepared fold (for the optical sake for the time being as full white leaf).

Originating  from  direct  follow-up  estate  of  a  contemporary  forestal  collection

and  in  such  a  way

quite  virginally  on  the  market  for  the  first time

the copy, bound together with the extraneous 12-sheet wood engraving suite From King Frederick’s Age by Adolf Menzel, counted 73 sheet only, but could be increased by four further ones from the stock here to now 77 sheet. During the re-binding resulting from this, adequate to the elegance of the work already emphasized by the publishers, a new cutting of the inner book was relinquished for bibliophile reason.

Hermann Menzler, Johann Elias Ridinger's Hunting Album
Title to the first number (bound with)

Not present here either the general title announced per 1st issue. It has to be left undecided if this refers to the illustrated one – see its color illustration in the jubilee publication here experience ridinger – 1698-1998 , p. 85 – of far larger paper format (24⅝ × 18½ in [62.5 × 47 cm]) as passed through here in company with some further suitingly over-wide-margined sheets with h. cloth portfolio with the designation “Thirteenth Edition” and updated address “Mauer=Straße 26” (at least the posthumous division title II already went per Mauer=Straße 42). Therefore the regular impressions of smaller format with standard-fine margin width, as then also here & now (16⅞ × 13⅜ in [43 × 34 cm]), the previous copy here, and individual sheets present here always are the earlier impressions. Quite interesting though the said remarkable number of editions as for once documenting the obviously huge request for the Menzler sheets, on the other side contrasting to their rarity. However it may be then,

contemporary  esteem & subsequent  rarity

– so only 45 years after publication Baron von Gutmann owned just four individual sheets (Schwarz, op. cit.), full negative report with Schwerdt (1928/35) with his rich Ridinger part, missing also with Counts Faber-Castell (1958), while count Radulf of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1922-2004) brought together 46 sheet after all during decades of collecting – only testify to the object.

Ridinger, Ibex with Trace
An Ibex
Ridinger, Roebuck with Trace
A Roebuck

According to the start announcement here bound with outlined as “Complete in 24 numbers” of three sheet each the in such a way intended 72 sheet Ridinger were supplemented by the set of eight of Rohlf’s gallinaceous birds. Prime intent of the publication obviously was to complement

“ (the)  works  by  the  master

which  have  become  very  rare  and  highly  paid  for ”

Ridinger, Stag with Leader
Stag with Leader (Battenberg 1742)
Ridinger, Pappenheim Stag
Pappenheim Stag 1750

(so already 155 years ago as here already proven so multifariously by means of other old sources) with an alternative sufficient to high demands. By this Menzler for once advanced to one of the master’s big copyists while at the same time the most independent one, too. For thematically the collecting charm of his rendering not least lies in their frequent condensation to the essential. Owing to their lithographic tone print technique, however, the sheets achieve

a  wonderful  warmth  and  quite  particular  pictorial  effect

as achievable with copper engraving only by the aquatint technique not applied by Ridinger anymore. Also for this aspect a Ridingeriana enrichment of degree then. Here & now then accompanied by – except for a touch of a dog-ear about throughout upper right and a done little injury at the lower white edge of the sheet as well as slight pleat trace in the white margin lower right of sheet 64, the marvelous Pappenheim stag Th. 301 – an

overall  quality  of  absolute  beauty .

Offer no. 14,993 / price on application

Adolf Rohlfs, Snipe
Adolf Rohlfs, Snipe

„ Ganz herzlichen Dank für Ihre netten Wünsche und die sehr interessante Lektüre (Wild + Hund 23/2008), über die ich mich sehr gefreut habe. Mein Glückwunsch zu diesem schönen Artikel über Ihr Ridinger Wirken und die damit verbundene und verdiente Anerkennung. An meiner ‚Ridinger – Sammlung‘ erfreue ich mich stets aufs Neue. Schon deshalb war die Anschaffung des Pompadour Bandes (1998) ein guter Kauf … Mit besten Grüßen, Ihr … “

(Herr O. v. L., 5. Januar 2009)


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