Johann Elias Ridinger, Lynx & Caracal

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Cat Lynx, Mountain or Stone Lynx. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: LYNX TYGRINVS. / Kat Luchs, bürg od’ Stein Luchs. / Loup cervier. / Familia IV. Fünffzähige. / Ex Collection D. Kleinii. / J. El. Ridinger fec. et excud. A. V. 12¼ × 8⅜ in (31.2 × 21.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1070. – 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 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.

Ridinger, Caracal
Caracal (detail)

“ Below a strongly spotted bobcat, recumbent (to the left looking at the beholder), above a caracal (Turkish: black ear) … from Persia or Arabia lurking. It is then a quite well-done illustration from the Ludolf (Klein) collection ” (Th.).

Ridinger, Bobcat
Bobcat (detail)

“ The lynx … is a particularly wrathful and pernicious animal for the hunting-ground, therefore one attempts to exterminate such one, as soon one has a trace of it, and to provide safety for the game … They are captured, too, by setting up so-called turnpikes for them (to Ridinger’s corresponding engraving Turnpike set up for a Lynx! both its original printing plate in reverse in the reddish-golden shine of its 270 years old copper and its washed original drawing available here) ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, p. 12, enclosed in copy).

With Jacob Theodor Klein (“Plinius Gedanensium”, Königsberg 1685 – Danzig 1759; town clerk in Danzig, co-founder and later director of the Danzig Society of Naturalists, member of the Royal Society, London, and honorary member of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg; ADB XVI, 92 ff.), famous for his collections, Ridinger was in close communication and supported in his Colored Animal Kingdom undertaking in many ways, too. Following Klein’s classification according to kind and number of extremities – superceded by Linné’s anatomical classification – the early states of some plates of the set still show references to his Quadrupedum Dispositio brevisque Historia Naturalis of 1751, as known to Thienemann for some plates and documented here for several more by a complete copy available here. Ridinger himself emphasizes by the preface in his words of thanks “in particular the tremendously beautiful collection of P(rofessor). Klein

of the Ludolph estate , which comprises nothing but original items. ”

Watermarked Strasbourg fleur-de-lis above arms + C & I Honig (type Heawood 64/Churchill 428) 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 1.4-3.2, below 4.8 cm wide. – Small faint spot accompanied by faint stain in the lower platemark as a precaution backed acid-freely.

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  1. “famous work which the merited naturalist Jacob Theodor Klein in Danzig published 1751 under the title: Quadrupedum Dispositio brevisque Historia Naturalis. Enlarged and revised, he had translated it into the German himself and his friend Gottfried Reyger published it 1760 under the title: J. Th. Klein’s Natural Order and Augmented History of the Quadruped Animals. Ridinger was in close communication with Klein, was supported by him in many ways in this (Animal Kingdom) undertaking and followed Klein’s system” (Th., p. 200)

„ (D)ie Sendung (Hogarth / Marriage à-la-Mode) ist gestern wohlbehalten hier eingetroffen. Ist alles bestens, und ich danke Ihnen nochmals herzlich für die Beantwortung meiner Fragen und prompte Lieferung … Viele Grüße … “

(Herr C. K., 3. November 2013)


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