HODGES, William (1744-1797)
Travels in India, during the years 1780, 1781, 1782, & 1783.
By William Hodges, R.A. London : Printed for the author, and sold by J. Edwards, Pall-Mall, MDCCXCIII. . Large quarto, contemporary tree calf (corners a little bumped), gilt borders, spine with gilt ornament, contrasting leather title label lettered in gilt, joint a little weak, marbled endpapers, all edges pale yellow; engraved armorial bookplate for John Dawson to pastedown; pp vi, 156, [2 table of plates and advertisements],  leaves of plates engraved by Medland et al. (tissue guards intact), folding map of part of Bengal and Bahar (445 x 595 mm on sheet 540 x 610 mm) engraved by J. Cary; a fine copy in a handsome contemporary binding.
The artist William Hodges, perhaps best known for the sketches and paintings of locations he visited on Cook’s second voyage (1772-75), travelled to India in 1778 under the patronage of Warren Hastings, the first Governor-General of India. Hodges was one of the first British professional landscape painters to visit India, where he remained for six years. He compares his time in India with the voyage of Cook in his Preface to this volume ‘A long circumnavigation, and the professional labour required in completing the works for Captain Cook’s second voyage, occupied me for several years, and a voyage to India, with my different excursions in that country, absorbed no inconsiderate portion of my time and attention’.