Johann Elias Ridinger, Walrus

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Walrus. Lying to the left on the beach, showing two yard-long tusks. “If the animal really looked like this, it were indeed no beauty. However, it is worked from a specimen distorted by stuffing and therefore wrong” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: ROS Marus. EQVVS marinus. / Walros. Walrus. / Cheval Marin. / Familia V. Fünffzähige, mit Gänßen-Füßen. / J. El. Ridinger fec. et exc. A. V. 12⅜ × 8¼ in (31.3 × 21.1 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1096. – 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.

“ One almost could call this animal the water elephant for like those latter animals it has two long main teeth bent downwards which … in hardness and whiteness almost surpass the ivory, for which reason they are also valued higher and paid dearer. Once these animals were found galore not far from Klockbay … However, now one does not see that many of them anymore which probably is caused by having captured them so much … Their skin is very strong and almost an inch thick. From front they look terrible … ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, p. 17, enclosed in copy).

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 1.5-2.9 cm, below 5 cm wide. – The severe water stain of up to 13 cm on the lower back strongly penetrating the text and particularly the paper field of 5 cm, in consequence the latter also with fissure damage. On 1⅛ × 2 in (3 × 5 cm) faintly waterstained besides the white plate/paper field top right and the upper far edge. After covering of the essential damage at the lower margin by passe-partout, as being delivered, pictorially still quite proper.

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“ Thank you Mr. Niemeyer – I will take it! … It should look very nice in my new office. Best regards ”

(Mr. J. R. L., January 6, 2006)


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