Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Hound Badger. / Boar Badger. “There are two badgers of one kind (there are no more in our parts), the one coming creeping up, the other blubbering at him” (Th.). In shrubby hill landscape before a badger’s earth. Colored etching & engraving. Inscribed: Ridinger. sc. / Taxus Caninus. Taxus Suittus. / Hunds Dachs. Schweins Dachs. / Thaison canin. Thaison de pore. / Familia IV. Fünfzähige. 12⅜ × 8¼ in (31.3 × 21 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 1067. – 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.

Wide-margined, with watermark C & I Honig 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

for “it is the most decent and best for such a task”. – Barely worth mentioning a faint touch of foxing in the white margin below and right, otherwise beautiful as on the first day.

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