In Collector’s oh là là ! Binding

The Non plus ultra of a Ridinger Collection
Immense Supplemental Fund to Thienemann

Ridinger – von Gutmann – Schwarz, Ign(az). Katalog einer Ridinger-Sammlung. (Catalog of the Ridinger Collection Rudolf Ritter von Gutmann.) 2 vols. in 1. Vienna, printed as manuscript, 1910. 4° (12¼ × 9½ in [31 × 24 cm]). XX, 210; XI, 168 pp., 1 white l. With numerous illustrations and

116 (instead of 118, of which 6 color & 1 folded) plates ,

with plates 23 & 35 missing in vol. I included in copy .

Calf binding in the style of Ridinger’s period, that is light brown calf on 5 ribs with headband in red & gold, delicate filet on the boards and fine ornamental inner dentelle, color doublures & fly-leaves, gilt head edge and front cover & spine stamped “Johann Elias Ridinger” in Gothic type.

Pastedown of Catalog of the Ridinger Collection Rudolf von Gutmann


Collection W. L.

see below

Niemeyer, Ridinger Erlebnisse 1698-2020, 2021, pp. 223-225 & 233 with 3 (2 colored) ills. See there also p. XIX with color ill.; Wend, Ergänzungen zu den Oeuvreverzeichnissen der Druckgrafik, I/1, 1975, p. 302 (unaware of the Roman numbered copies I/II).

No. 187/200 copies (total edition 202 copies, of which 2 Roman numbered on vellum-like paper, not “on vellum” as per imprint, in vellum and with the illustrations as mountings; the Baron’s No. I here available). – By von Gutmann Dedicated in Loyalty to My Mother.

Vol. I on heavy Japan, vol. II on lighter, what would support Wend’s reference this were published 1918 only. Nevertheless already the plates of vol. I on that latter, too. And both titles with the date 1910. – At the closing of vol. I imprint of Wilh. Fischer’s printing office in Vienna.

The catalog of the supposedly most comprehensive collection of Ridinger prints of all times, authored by the “highly cultivated doyen of the then Vienna antiquarians” (Chr. M. Nebehay, cat. 75, p. 2), comprising 1606 prints & 12 drawings numbered in Roman. The latter corresponding of Baron von Lanna’s no less legendary Old Masters collection at Prague seem to have been added only the manuscript’s closing.

From which results as against Thienemann and count Stillfried’s appendix to this

the immense supplemental fund

of undescribed 15 etchings & 126 mezzotints ,

23 variants , 2 additional portraits , 53 sheets after Ridinger

and 51 sheets ( 47 by Rugendas , 4 by his son Johann Jacob ) published by him !

Accessed besides under scholarly criteria by comprehensive indices – initial words / artists / publishers / chronology / persons / topography – the catalog ensures a due modern use with the adherence to & continuation of Thienemann’s numbering, whose commendable image descriptions are not repeated unnecessarily though.

The foundation was the collection Josef Horn acquired as a whole in 1903 which beside the almost complete inventory after Thienemann & Stillfried already yielded a number of unknown sheets. Followed 1905 as qualitatively important extension the series of the Marjoribanks Folios from the collection of Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, 1st Baron Tweedmouth, later Lord T. (1820-1894), in their incomparable French armorial bindings by legendary bibliophiles of the Ridinger period and before, of which both the two Pompadour volumes were traded here recently.

And so the Schwarz — a dedication copy For Misters [Colleagues] J. a. D. Halle [Munich] the author. Vienna 16. 1. 914 traded here in 1982 into prominent bibliographer’s hands — then also is the reflection of the again and again resolute grab of one of the really great collectors of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. To be comprehended only before an economic background of degree.

Rudolf (Vienna 1880 – Victoria, BC, 1966) was the 2nd son of Wilhelm Baron von Gutmann and his second wife Ida, née Hungarian baroness von Wodianer von Kapriora, whose sister Rose Anna on her part was married to Jules Porgès, one of the legendary African diamond randlords. Rudolf thus was so fortunate that the elder stepbrother Max took upon himself the economical control of an empire the core of which were those titles inherited about 30 years before from the Austrian Rothschild line to exploit the yet undeveloped coal and iron deposits in Vitkovice near Moravian Ostrava, a place founded only shortly before by von Gutmann and the Rothschilds. They grew to the largest iron works of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and allowed for an extension of family interests to heavy industry and banking. Enclosed by about 124000 acres landed property. Adequately the Ridinger collection was embedded in one of quite different dimensions. Including the Silesian Hedwig Codex which later came to the Getty Museum through the Collection Ludwig at Aix-la-Chapelle. And by this back to America. For there the codex had followed the baron when he had “come from Vienna to Vancouver, about as far away from Hitler as only ever possible” (H. P. Kraus in A Rare Book Saga).

Catalog of the Ridinger Collection Rudolf von Gutmann

Dominant copy

as due to its French Binding still representing the Ridinger century – leaving aside the two Roman copies with their vellum bindings as of own right – in such a manner here hitherto neither passed through nor became known. Its delicate pencil encirclement of numerous numbers partly accompanied by letter shortcuts – remarkable their accumulation with the sheets of saints, in their manière noir betraying particular connoisseurship – likely referring to sheets on hand, not as still missing. As at least not corresponding with its final inventory in the early 1980s, in this regard above collection W. L. should not be considered.

The spine slightly paled, the binding rubbed and at the corners/edges bumped. Besides the volume as a whole with maximally up to about 3½ in (9 cm) and therefore still prevailingly affecting only the wide white lower margins with traces of moisture, but not tidemarked as the rule. Thus indeed perceptible and palpable, but only as waviness. As with a volume like this all the more ignorable as due to the strong paper its turning over, awaking finest associations, sounds like plain vellum. – On the boards, remained smooth and even, the trace of moisture recognizable as shadowy tidemark from 1⅛ to 3⅛ in (3 to 8 cm) above the lower edge, but here laterally still petering out ⅝ (1.5) to maximal (back cover) 2⅜ in (6 cm). On the front cover up to ⅓, on the back cover up to ⅔ height, easily acceptable as above. All in all enriching the collection by an, all things considered, very fine item.

Offer no. 16,296 | EUR 590. | export price EUR 561. (c. US$ 651.) + shipping

„ heute kam das Paket – vielen Dank für die excellente Verpackung. Das Bild ist wirklich sehr schön … Wir freuen uns auf Ihre (weitere) Nachricht. Herzliche Grüße aus F. “

(Herr + Frau T. C., 13. Mai 2002)


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