Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Chamois. Grunting buck to the right. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: RVPICAPRA. / Gemse. / Chamois. / Familia II. Zweÿhufig. / M. El. Ridinger fec. 12 × 8 in (30.5 × 20.3 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 1000. – 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.
Watermarked Strasbourg fleur-de-lis above arms + C & I Honig (type Heawood 64/Churchill 428) 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
“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Margins on three sides 1.7-3.4 cm, below 5.4 cm wide. – Two tiny brown spots in the white plate field and one at the furthest white edge left.
Offer no. 15,895 / sold
Ridinger’s Colored Animal Kingdom in Original Coloring