• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2158

    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 135

    HODGES, William (1744-1797). Choix de Vues de l'Inde... Select Views in India, drawn on the spot, in the years 1780, 1781, 1782 and 1783. London: printed for the author, and sold by J.Edwards, [1785-1788].

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    HODGES, William (1744-1797). Choix de Vues de l'Inde... Select Views in India, drawn on the spot, in the years 1780, 1781, 1782 and 1783. London: printed for the author, and sold by J.Edwards, [1785-1788].

    Large 2o (555 x 407 mm). Letterpress title and dedication leaf in French and English, contents leaf in English, 27 leaves of parallel text in Fench and English. 48 aquatint plates, printed in bistre, by and after Hodges, folding engraved hand-colored map by John Cary. (Some light spotting or browning.) Contemporay calf (rebacked, corners repaired, some light wear).

    FIRST EDITION "probably but not certainly" (Abbey) the first issue with fewer text leaves than the later issue, and without the publisher's imprint and uncolored. Contains the first substantial series of aquatint views of India. Abbey Travel II, 416; see Brunet III, 242; Tooley 264.


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