— La Précieuse Suite —
The second-earliest Hunting Set
Thienemann 1314–1317 (!!)
in its hitherto one and only copy provable here
Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Hunt for Wild Ducks, Foxes, Badgers and Wolves. Set of 4 sheet in engraving by Andreas Hofer in Nuremberg (’20s/’30s of the 18th century) for Martin Engelbrecht in Augsburg. Inscribed: 1(-4) / Ioh. Elias Ridinger inv. et del. / Andreas Hofer fecit / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Maj. / Martin Engelbrecht excud. (l. 2 excudit) Aug. Vind., otherwise parallel German-Latin caption. 9-9¼ × 12⅝-12¾ in (22.8-23.5 × 32-32.5 cm). Under acid-free bevel passepartout ready for framing, too, in ruby red morocco Solander box (17¾ × 22¼ × 1⅛ in [45 × 56.5 × 3 cm]) with 4 ornamental raised bands, 2 dark green gilt back-plates, gilt bipartite title on the front cover, gilt reduced Ridinger stag from the Evening sheet (Th. 240) of The Deer’s Four Times of Day on the back cover, at its lower inner edge additionally “ridinger handlung niemeyer” (ridinger gallery niemeyer).
Here provable neither apart nor complete
the practically unique set
from the early years of the not yet own working in copper, in impeccably fine vibrant chiaroscuro of most wonderful print quality. Adequately presented within the Red Series of lüder h. niemeyer as of highest grade.
Offer no. 15,075 / sold