Johann Elias Ridinger, House Cat

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). House Cat. “It origins from Egypt and not at all from our wildcat … In a kitchen resting on a chopping block. In front of it two young ones play, which, however, turned out far too square” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: FELIS. / Hauß Katze. / Le Chat. / Familia IV. Fünfzähige / Ridinger fec. 12½ × 8¼ in (31.6 × 21 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1068. – 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.

Johann Elias Ridinger, House Cat
House Cat (detail)

“ One finds fully white, fully black, fully grey, and fully red, brown spotted ones: indeed there are some which have three colors … Where many mice have accommodated themselves, there they are almost indispensable, although frequently they do more harm than those … While they still are small and young they are very agreeable and comical animals which do sundry particular leaps and odd positions, that one says not without reason: a young cat and a young dog are already half a hunt in the parlor. When they get older they are very flattering animals, they caress the people who are their friends … and will never harm them if they are not maltreated and tortured. They also know and realize immediately which persons in the house love them the most and like them the best ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, p. 12, 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 1.7-3.5 cm, below 4.8 cm wide. – 1.5-cm tear in the right white far margin, in the wider left one faint little brown stain and some spots.

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


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