Sir Edwin Alfred Hervey Alderson, 1859-1927, was an army officer. Alderson retired in 1920, and devoted himself to his two main recreations, hunting and yachting. A noted horseman, and a great believer in hunting as training for officers, he wrote Pink and Scarlet, or, Hunting as a School for Soldiering (1900); wherever he was stationed he hunted. He provides advice on foxhunting and how the experience can be adapted for use if one should be involved in a cavalry charge during wartime.
Bound in the original pictorial gilt decorated red/pink cloth, with gilt gun, sword and whip motif, this edition was published by Hodder & Stoughton, London, in 1913. There is no dustjacket. Sadly, the 12 double page tipped-in coloured plates have been cut out. However, the many b&w photos and diagrams remain. The volume is heavily foxed throughout and is in a very worn, grubby condition. The corners and edges are bumped and fraying, and there are white paint spots on the spine and front cover. The back cover shows some scores and scratches. The binding is holding.