Across China on Foot. Life in the Interior and the Reform Movement. - Edwin J. Dingle 1911 - J. W. Arrowsmith Ltd., Bristol - First Edition Profusely illustrated mostly with photographs by Dingle.

‘Edwin Dingle’s Across China on Foot is one of the great classics of China adventure writing. Dingle was articulate, perceptive and an eccentric in the true British tradition. He recounts his adventures as he travels up the Yangtze River from Shanghai and then by foot south west across some of China’s most wild and woolly territory to Burma’ -
Earnshaw Books.
  Edwin J. Dingle (1881-1972) was born in Cornwall, England and became an orphan at nine. As a journalist, Dingle moved to Singapore in 1900 to cover the affairs of the Far East. He was one of the first Caucasians to go into China and to actually stay for a substantial period of time in a Tibetan Monastery, where he learnt meditation and yoga from a teacher. In 1910, he travelled to Tibet and stayed there for nine months. He claimed to have learned closely guarded advanced spiritual methods from the Tibetan Lamas. These techniques included the ‘Eight Key Breaths’, a form of pranayama. He spent nearly 21 years in the Asia, in China, India, Tibet and Burma. In 1917, the North China Daily News & Herald of Shanghai published his New Atlas and Commercial Gazetteer of China, which was devoted to China's ‘geography & resources and economic & commercial development’. The book served as a standard reference for years, and was described by the Millard's Review of the Far East as ‘The biggest and best book on the resources of China’. After his return to England, Dingle also wrote about his experiences in the East which were eventually published as the book Across China on Foot. In 1921, Dingle settled in Oakland, California and lived in retreat till 1927. In 1927, he began preaching on what he called the science of mentalphysics - a ‘universalist spiritual development’ technique based on vegetarian diet, pranayama and development of extrasensory perception. This technique was purported as the ancient wisdom preserved by the Tibetan mystics. Dingle's Institute of Mentalphysics was incorporated in 1933-34, and a retreat centre was established in Joshua Tree (then Yucca Valley), California, in 1941. The Institute of Mentalphysics sits on 385 acres, and most of its buildings were designed by Lloyd Wright. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Octavo pp. xvi 446 [2]. Publisher’s red cloth lettered in gilt to spine, and with Chinese characters and lettering in black to front panel.
  Condition: Very good, sunning to spine, one or two small marks to front board,   Ref: 108909   Price: HK$ 1,100