Ridinger was a German painter and engraver who studied at Ulm before establishing himself in Augsburg where he soon made a great reputation for animal paintings. He became the official painter for several great nobles addicted to the hunt. As here he represented animals accurately and naturally in the midst of beautiful landscapes, his execution was remarkable. But it for his depiction of horses that he is rightly most renowned.
The first suite of plates depict the exercises for riders in the riding school (plates 1-43) as well as on the battlefield (44-46). The riding school plates show the horse being introduced, then trotting, volting, galloping, the courbette, croupade, etc., through to the capriole. The battlefield plates show the horse being accustomed to the waving of flags, drumming, and shooting.
The second suite depicts the exercises for participating in tournaments and jousts. This copy includes the unnumbered plate with the plan of the riding school which Dejager calls ‘very rare’ noting that Thienermann found it very difficult to find a plate to list in his bibliography of Ridinger plates.
First (only) edition of both works. 4to (29 x 22.5 cm). Texts in German and French. Engraved title, 36pp., 46 engraved plates; 16 engraved plates numbered 1-15 with unnumbered plan of a joust, contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt, red sprinkled edges, an excellent example.
Ignaz Dominik Graf von Chorinsky, 1729–1792 (armorial bookplate).
Dejager 247 & 248; Nissen 3415; Thienemann 646–692 and 693–707.
Stock ID: 94817