New and Cheaper ed., 1889. Lxxiv + 300 + 42 pp. Rebound in red cloth; black border to front & rear; gilt title to spine; 19 x 13cm. 3 digit number to top corner of half t-p., and same corner of full t-p clipped; o/w V.G. in FINE binding. This is a biography of William S. R. Hodson who served as the leader of the irregular light cavalry in the Indian Mutiny in the 1850's. Commandant of Hodson's Horse, William was a controversial character who played the decisive & controversial role in the arrest of Bahadur Shah, King of Delhi, & the execution of his sons. The book consists of portions of letters written by Major Hodson while serving in India for twelve years from 1845 up until his death at Lucknow. It includes good accounts of Hodson's service during the Indian Mutiny and the Second Afghan War, and is the primary source of reference for Hodson's Horse. The book sheds some positive light on Hodson's career and contains a vindication from the attacks made by Mr Bosworth Smith in his 'Life of Lord Lawrence' and by Mr. Holmes. It has been hailed as one of the best of all Indian Army histories.