Johann Elias Ridinger, Hungarian or Bohemian Sheep

“ … yet  Shows  Particularly  with  its  Horns

a  Marked  Difference ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Hungarian or Bohemian Sheep. “The rakka Aegoceros ovis – strepsiceros” (Th.). Lying to the right, yet looking to the left. Colored etching/engraving. Inscribed: ARIES. / Ungarisch oder Böhmisch Schaaf. / Belier d’Hongrie ou de Bohéme. / Familia II. Zweÿhufige. / J. El. Ridinger fec. et exc. A. V. 12¼ × 8¼ in (31.2 × 20.8 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 994. – 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.

“ To this (sheep/ram) representation still another of a Hungarian sheep has been added, which is a little larger and heavier than ours, yet shows particularly with its horns a marked difference. For as with ours the horns are wound backward, so with this kind these stand upward like an extended fork and also are

quite  particularly  turned  or  wound ,

also  give  them  a  rather  good  look ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I in German and French, pp. 18 f. & 15 f. resp., enclosed in copy).

The  rarer  sujet  in  its  vibrant  colorfulness

with 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 1.8-2.5 cm, below 4.8 cm wide.

Offer no. 15,950 / EUR  435. / export price EUR  413. (c. US$ 499.) + shipping

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