Johann Elias Ridinger, Ibex

“ The  Ibex  in  particular  is  the  Strongest  Jumper ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Ibex. Majestically to the right. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: IBEX. / Stein-Bock. / Le Bouquetin. / Familia II. Zweÿhufig. / J. E. R. del. 12 × 8 in (30.4 × 20.3 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 999. – IN  THE  RIDINGERS’  ORIGINAL  COLORING  from the unnumbered Colored Animal Kingdom created since 1754 and concluded finally posthumously not before 1773 (“Complete copies are next to untraceable”, so Weigel, Art Cat., part XXVIII, Ridinger Appendix 63a as merely 120-sheet torso, 1857 ! , but also just individual plates quite rarely on the market only, at niemeyer’s presently nevertheless the one as the others). – Remaining uncolored contrary to the prospectus, a second edition from the plates shortened even under loss of animals and with modified titling and the Ridinger inscription removed, yet now numbered, was published by Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg 1824/25.

“ The Ibex in particular is the strongest jumper, who usually stays on the steepest elevations where humans cannot get so easily. He is very wild, his horns are also specially peculiar as he can use the same not only with benefit and advantage against the beasts of prey going after him, i. e. lynxes, wolves etc., but knows to protect himself by the same in a failed jump or fall into a deep valley and hold such ahead … ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I, p. 18, enclosed in copy).

Watermarked Strasbourg fleur-de-lis above arms + C & I Honig as that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble to the Principal Colors of Horses

“on  account  of  the  fine  illumination”  for  the  colored  works

“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Margins on three sides 1.6-3 cm, below 5.4 cm wide. – Two tiny brown spots in the white plate field, one in the white far margin lower left.

Offer no. 15,896 / EUR  730. / export price EUR  694. (c. US$ 839.) + shipping

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