Johann Elias Ridinger, Porcupine, Hedgehog

“Animal of the Year 2020”

The only rarely to be seen Mole

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Porcupine, Hedgehog. / A Mole. The former in irritated state, raising the spines, towards the zeitgeist. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: ACANTHION Cristatus, aut HISTRIX. Orientalis cristata. TALPA. / Stachel-Schwein, Stachel-Thier= Ein Maul Wurff. / Porc epic. Mas. / Familia IV. Fünffzähige. / J. El. Ridinger sc. et exc. A. V.. 12⅜ × 8¼ in (31.3 × 21.1 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1051. – 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., sect. XXVIII, Ridinger Appendix 63a as merely 120-sheet torso, 1857 ! , but also just individual plates quite rarely on the market only, at niemeyer’s currently the one as the others all the same). – 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.

“ Of these animals there are … two kinds … Their usual inhabitation is in Africa, but already in warm countries, e. g. in Spain, Italy, there are some of them … The most peculiar with these animals are the spines which, if it is indignant, it can set up and raise with particular speed. If one provokes them even more, they get into a short rage … and bite rather hefty about them …

“ The mole … indeed is often, particular to the gardeners, very cumbersome … yet in turn it has some use, too, as it cleans the ground of many insects … Their feet are grown quite sideways in front and much stronger than the hind ones … Their color is blackish grey also brownish, very rarely only one finds entirely white ones ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, pp. 4 f., enclosed in copy).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Mole

The depiction of the mole especially rare & wanted .

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 1.6-3 cm, below 5 cm wide. – Beautifully colored plate.

Offer no. 15,909 | EUR 490. | export price EUR 466. (c. US$ 484.) + shipping

Ridinger’s Colored Animal Kingdom in Original Coloring

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“ Arrived March 16. Beautiful, very pleased; impressed with your entire process. Thank you so much. Best regards ”

(Mrs. P. A. C., March 17, 2017)


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