Prelude to the

Augsburg-Hamburg Joint Venture

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). STUDY OF THE WILD ANIMALS with added excellent poetry of the highly famous gentleman, Barthold Heinrich Brockes. Title sheet with inscription on imperial slab of rock together with tawny owl & squirrel on the left, 6 ducks soaring diagonally on the right, and lower right “the front of a beaver which shows its rodents”. Etching with engraving. (1736.) Inscribed as below. 13⅝ × 16⅞ in (34.7 × 43 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Study of the Wild Animals with added excellent poetry of the highly famous gentleman, Barthold Heinrich Brockes

Thienemann + Schwarz 195. – Title engraving of the 41-sheet set of the STUDY OF THE WILD ANIMALS ,

still with very fine tone of writing lines
as mark of especially early print quality .

Margins 3-4.3 cm wide. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back. Small margin tear backed acid-freely.

Title sheet of this further as painterly as instructive and large-sized main & training set proclaiming “loudly Ridinger’s fame” (Th.) by which Ridinger – so per rich plate text –

“ … represent in these sheets the growth of the wild animals as I have observed it with much pains in nature and drawn from the same … The true intention of both the Highly=Noble H. (Brockes) and my thoughts on the

inventions and drawings designed in black chalk sent to him

show the following lines received from him.

Both of us describe , to the praise of God and for our pleasure ,

The so fine cosmic system / I with ink , you with chalk …

IOH. ELIAS RIDINGER. / inventor sculptor et excud. / Aug. Vindel. A. 1736. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. ”

In the lower margin the same in Latin, concluding Johanni Eliæ Ridingero, inventori et sculptori, qui it excudit, Augustæ Vind:

Not least complimenting Ridinger’s art said German captions by the Hamburg pope of poets, jurist & senator, yet foremost friend of Ridinger’s, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747) were included most largely in part VI of his Irdisches Vergnügen in Gott (Worldly Pleasure in God) published in 1739 (Goedeke III, 342, 3).

And while already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the indisputably “most important Augsburg landscapist of this time”, so his present title sheet provides a first foretaste on the coming. Here then also already

of shining-marvelous quality & therefore rarity ,

for even in exemplary old Ridinger collections the old impressions of particularly this so, it may be repeated, fine large-sized main set frequently figure as closely trimmed, damaged, and fully mounted. So including present one in the Silesian collection 1885 at Boerner, 1894 with Reich auf Biehla & at least without platemark also 1889 with Coppenrath.

Offer no. 15,395 | EUR 470. | export price EUR 447. (c. US$ 540.) + shipping

– – – The same. Margins on three sides 2.7-3.2, on the right 5 cm wide. – In the subject’s left outer part only partially smoothed box pleat. Completely taken out, however, one close to the right edge of the subject perceptible quite faintly only in the white upper and lower margin/text area. In the latter in addition far left fine box pleat and in the center faint creasing. Isolated tiny tears in the white lower margin backed acid-freely, on the left traces of former binding.

Offer no. 15,582 | EUR 390. | export price EUR 371. (c. US$ 448.) + shipping

„ Herzlichen Dank für die sorgfältig verpackten Bände … “

(Herr H. M., 26. Mai 2007)


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