Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Polecat. / The Marten. At an ambience of boulders overgrown with shrubbery the former plundering a duck’s nest with three old ones taking to their wings, the latter posing with a bird in the mouth. Colored etching & engraving. Inscribed: Ridinger. fec. / Mustela Foetida. Martes. / Der Iltis. Der Marder. / Furet. Mart. / Familia IV. Fünfzähige. 12⅜ × 8¼ in (31.3 × 21 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 1053. – 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.
“on account of the fine illumination” for the colored works
for “it is the most decent and best for such a task”. – Not worth mentioning a faint touch of foxing in the white margin below and right, otherwise beautiful as on the first day.
Offer no. 15,454 / sold
Ridinger’s Colored Animal Kingdom in Original Coloring