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The Rugendas Letters:
Johann Moritz Rugendas’
First Voyage to Brazil
The Sections of Cap Trafalgar
The First Prussian Maritime Atlas
“ The Representation and Drawing of these Animals we have received from London … with the Following Report ”
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Sea Lion=. Two animals on the beach to the left, the smaller one in front looking at the beholder. Right in front a seashell. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: LEO MARINUS= / See Löwe= / Lion Marin= / Familia V. mit fünf Zeegen und Gänßen Füßen. / Ridinger cop., otherwise as below. 8¼ × 12¼ in (21.1 × 31.1 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 1097. – 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.
“ This illustration has been kindly communicated
from London by a good friend. ”
(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, p. 18, enclosed in copy). – And Thienemann:
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 1.5-2.6 cm wide. – The severe waterstainedness on the back more or less perceptible on the front only by slightly larger scattered mould stains, but on the left marginal loss into the lower lower margin right up to the edge of the picture. Besides tears in the otherwise largely preserved lower margin. Right far edge with faint tidemark. The caption completely preserved up to the inscription and aforementioned beautiful final line. By matting, as being delivered, still quite presentable.
Offer no. 15,993 / EUR 70. (c. US$ 85.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Colored Animal Kingdom in Original Coloring