Johann Elias Ridinger, Of the Characteristics of Good and Bad Horses

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Of the Characteristics of Good and Bad Horses. Les Qualités de bons et des Mauvais Cheveaux. “Here we see two horses … With the first edition there is (thus as here) instead of the colors the caption: Of the characteristics of good and bad horses” (Th.). In front standing to the left light brown with black crest and tail and equal spots, slightly lower left behind a black horse. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Von den Eigenschafften guther und böser Pferde. / J. E. Ridinger inv. Sculpsit et excudit Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (19 × 13.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 948. – IN THE RIDINGERS’ ORIGINAL COLORING of the first edition of the Principal Colors of Horses, created, drawn and etched/engraved exclusively by Johann Elias, yet published only posthumously 1770 by the sons as the first of Ridinger’s but three originally colored works (“For this he first chose the horses, which as generally known occur in very varying coloring”, Th.; the usual allusions in the trade to only two of these based on the ignorance of the existence of copies of the 2nd edition of the Ten Plates Monkeys, Th. 541-550, intended for coloring). – Remaining uncolored contrary to the prospectus, a second edition with only 40 of the originally 51 plates anymore was published by Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg 1824/25.

“ However, that I mention the good and bad characteristics of the horses, I consider all the more necessary since many of the same both for better or for worse adhere more or less to one of the principal colors (to the elders’ opinion), not that it has to be an inevitable fact with all; for indeed, as already mentioned, in all colors there are quite good, but also quite bad horses. Thus one cannot say that one or more characteristics attach to these or those colors, yet it is founded in experience that there is more malice with a sorrel than with a white horse, more fire, memory, briskness with a noble bay than with a black horse … ”

(Ridinger in the preamble, pp. 24-29, enclosed in copy).

On that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble

“on account of the fine illumination” for the colored works

“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Some mostly smaller tears backed in the white margins 2.5-3.9 cm wide, lower right somewhat smudgy from turning over.

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