Mao ZhuXi YuLu [Quotations of Chairman Mao, in Chinese].

MAO Zedong (Tse-Tung or Zedong)

Editorial: Printed and edited by the Central Intelligence Bureau of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, probably Peking [May 1964]., 1964
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TWO COPIES (variant bindings) of the original first edition of one of the most frequently reprinted books ever published, second only to the Bible. QUOTATIONS OF CHAIRMAN MAO (May 1964) has its half-title printed in red ink, title-page in red and green inks, brown-colored portrait frontispiece, and each complete with Lin Biao's calligraphic endorsement (one in brown ink, the other in black ink, both with its misprint in the earliest state); also including a letterpress introduction (1/2) signed with Lin Biao's name (sometimes lacking), a table of contents (1/2 listing 30 chapters), and the text itself (1/250) without any additional colophon or printing history (as found in most later editions). 16mo with page size measuring 5-3/8 x 4 inches height, comprising the earliest binding in printed paper wrappers + the more familiar flexible red vinyl plastic binding with Chinese title and a Red Star gilt-stamped into the front cover (now tarnished, binding slightly shorter than its pages, partly split near lower portion of the front cover, still retaining its white sewn head/foot-bands). Light stains in both volumes, the 2nd with a few internal tears but no losses. Both versions printed at the same time for use by the People’s Liberation Army as a pocket handbook of inspirational reading, the paper wrapper copies intended for officers of the PLA while the copies in red vinyl (issued a short while afterwards, because of problems in getting the binding designed properly) were intended for brigades to be passed around for mass reading. The red vinyl copy shows signs of use but must be an early form of binding due to its tight fit and gilt lettering; usual copies have the front cover stamping in blind with the same height but a width that extends slightly beyond the fore-edges. Our copies of Mao's LITTLE RED BOOK are the original Chinese printing (as authenticated by information provided from the National Library in China, Beijing) and actually produced in May 1964 "for internal use only”, created at the suggestion of General Lin Biao to flatter Mao and help his own advancement within the Chinese Communist Party (afterwards he was designated Vice-Chairman and Mao's eventual successor) but clearly even he never realized the popularity and impact this anthology would achieve with short segments taken from Mao's speeches and published writings for use in study groups as reading lessons for discussion amongst the soldiers). Demand for additional copies within the army required the book to get reprinted several times in 1965 (and twice enlarged), and by 1966 it was decided every Chinese citizen must also possess a copy (as a symbol of loyalty to the CCP and a pledge of fidelity to Mao) along with commencing a massive translation project where million-copy editions were produced in at least forty different languages. This first Chinese version is a book difficult to identify since it does not contain a dated colophon. Essentially, it is a bit taller than all later printings, so it has fewer pages. Most importantly, it collates as noted above, with only thirty chapters; the second edition (March 1965) is enlarged to thirty-two chapters and in August 1965 a third edition was published adding a thirty-third chapter and thus setting the final version of text for all subsequent reprints. Early printings include a one-page facsimile of Lin's calligraphic endorsement for everyone to study Chairman Mao's writings, but following accusations of Lin's unsuccessful effort to assassinate Mao in September 1971, the government required this page to be torn out in an effort to erase Lin’s name from modern memory. Subsequent copies printed after 1971 no longer include any mention of Lin and most copies which do survive of this 1964 first edition have this page removed, so acquiring the two binding versions BOTH COMPLETE makes for a very nice pair indeed. N° de ref. de la librería BattMao1964

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Título: Mao ZhuXi YuLu [Quotations of Chairman Mao, ...

Editorial: Printed and edited by the Central Intelligence Bureau of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, probably Peking [May 1964].

Año de publicación: 1964

Encuadernación: Soft cover

Condición del libro: Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Dust Jacket Included

Edición: 1st Edition

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