Martin Elias Ridinger, Marsupial

Ridinger, Martin Elias (1731 Augsburg 1780). The Marsupial =. “It is the white-headed Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana), illustrated not bad at all with two young ones” (Th.). Large front right, resting. A further one in motion (different kind?) separately on the left. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: MABSUPIALE Americanum, oder Carigueya= / Das Beutel Thier= / Sarige, Carigueia Americain. / Familia IV. fünfzeegig. / M. El. Ridinger sc. 12½ × 8½ in (31.6 × 21.5 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1050. – 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, Opossum

“ The same origins from America, and these animals are above all remarkable because below at the belly they have a pouch in which there are 6 or 8 dugs. In this pouch or bag it hides its little young ones … Here it feeds, warms, and protects them from cold and air, just as from the pursuit of their enemies … and carries such as long until they are strong enough to look for feed themselves and to escape … are easily tamed and eat almost everything offered to them … and they are eaten, too ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, p. 11, enclosed in copy).

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 1.9-2.8 cm, below 4.6 cm wide. – Some also somewhat larger brown spots in the white text field.

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„ ich habe mich nun doch entschlossen, den Ridinger zu veräußern und bitte um Zusendung des angebotenen freigemachten Verpackungsmaterials … (Und) ich danke Ihnen für die ausführliche Anleitung zum Verpacken des Ridingers … (Und) Ihnen nochmals für die äußerst angenehme Kommunikation dankend … (Und) das Geld ist bereits auf meinem Konto angekommen, das ging ja wirklich schnell, vielen Dank dafür … “

(Herr C. S., 15., 18., 29. + 30. Dezember 2009)


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