FLEMING, Peter. News from Tartary: A Journey from Peking to Kashmir. London, Jonathan Cape, 1936.
8vo. Original red cloth by A.W. Bain & Co. Ltd., upper board blocked in gilt with the author's surname in Chinese characters, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, in the rare original dust-wrappers with new price pasted over, cream endpapers, top edges red, others trimmed; pp. 384; photogravure frontispiece, 31 photogravure plates, and one folding map printed in red and black; wrappers with some fraying, cloth with a few spots here and there, internally very clean and fresh.
First edition. Fleming had first travelled to China in 1931 and returned in 1933 as the Special Correspondent of The Times, to cover the war between the nationalists and the communists; 'After reaching Mukden (Shenyang) in Manchuria and taking part in a sortie against local bandits, he travelled south, achieving an interview with Chaing Kai-shek, the commander-in-chief of the nationalist forces, entering communist-held territory, and finally returning home via Japan and the United States' (ODNB). In autumn 1934, 'Fleming once again set off for the Far East with a far-ranging commission from The Times. After a brief shooting trip with friends in the Caucasus he travelled on to Harbin in Manchuria, where by chance he met the Swiss traveller Ella (Kini) Maillart. It transpired that they both wanted to walk and ride from China to India, and though they both preferred to travel alone, they agreed to join forces. This epic journey of some 3500 miles on foot or ponies, through the remote province of Sinkiang (Xinjiang), with many dangers, hardships, and hold-ups, took them seven months, from February to September 1935. This, the most arduous of Fleming's long journeys, he chronicled in fourteen long articles in The Times and later in his book News from Tartary (loc. cit.).