Martin Elias Ridinger, Rabbit, Coney

Ridinger, Martin Elias (1731 Augsburg 1780). Rabbit, Coney. “A pretty group of five, quite different in size and color …” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: CVNICVLVS. / Kaninichen, Killhase. / Le Lapin. / Familia III. Vierzähige. / Ridinger. fec. 12 × 8 in (30.5 × 20.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1046. – 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.

Martin Elias Ridinger, Rabbits (detail)

“ The rabbits are a little smaller than (the hares) and of them there are tame and wild ones … The wild ones are found in large runs in the fields, yet particularly at hills into which they like to burrow … Their meat serves for food … their skins belong among the fur linings. In their burrows below earth they are driven out … for pleasure by ferrets … from their holes, where they are shot then ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, p. 3, enclosed in copy).

The attribution of the work to Johann Elias’ eldest, Martin Elias, results from the spelling considered here as individual – like a dot or comma between “Ridinger” and for instance “sc.” – as against such plates of the Animal Kingdom inscribed with his name.

With typographic watermark 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 1.9-3.5 cm, below 5.5 cm wide.

Offer no. 15,907 / EUR  345. / export price EUR  328. (c. US$ 397.) + shipping

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