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MAO Zedong (Tse-Tung or Zedong)

Published by Peking: Chinese People's Liberation Army, the 1201 Printing Factory for General Political Department, August 1965. (1965)

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About this Item: Peking: Chinese People's Liberation Army, the 1201 Printing Factory for General Political Department, August 1965., 1965. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. Third (i.e. first complete) edition of one of the most frequently reprinted books ever published, second only to the Bible. QUOTATIONS OF CHAIRMAN MAO (August 1965) has its half-title printed in red ink, title-page in red and green inks, portrait of Chairman Mao (printed in brown) with original tissue guard intact, and complete with Lin Biao's calligraphic endorsement also printed in brown ink (the printing error which occurred in the 1964 version now corrected); then follows a letterpress introduction (1/3) also signed with Lin Biao's name, a table of contents (1/2 listing 33 chapters), and the text itself (1/270) + colophon leaf at the end. 16mo now measuring 5 x 3.5 inches page size, with blank fly-leaves at front and back, original headbands at top and bottom of spine intact, cloth-backed plain white semi-stiff paper covers (as issued) inserted into a flexible red vinyl plastic binding with the Chinese title and a Red Star embossed onto the front cover. The binding and text leaves are lightly soiled (dusty) and a little stained (chiefly along the blank margins, but not seriously). Pasted down onto the front free endpaper is a printed PRESENTATION slip in red ink "For the Comrades who Participate in the Second National Olympics" and dated below by "The Second National Olympics Committee of the People's Republic of China, September 28th, 1965". This also bears an ink ownership name of Wang Run Zeng written in the lower left margin. As such, this copy is dated within one month of its very first printing, and considering that it is this version which finalized the text of Mao's book, this version which was subsequently reprinted and translated hundreds upon hundreds of times, it is of very special importance and a serious rarity. The original publishing history of Mao's LITTLE RED BOOK is partly obscured and not well known because of its rarity and having been so widely reprinted over many years. First published in May 1964 'for internal use only' as a pocket handbook of inspirational reading for members of the People's Liberation Army, the book contains short segments taken from Mao's speeches and published writings. Demand within the army required the entire book to be reprinted several times in 1965 so a second ediiton was produced in March 1965 with two additional chapters and in August 1965 this third edition was published adding a thirty-third chapter and thus setting the final version of the text for all subsequent reprints. Early copies of this book contain a one-page facsimile of Lin's calligraphic endorsement for everyone to study Chairman Mao's writings, but following accusations of Lin's unsuccessful efforts to assassinate Mao in September 1971, the government required everyone to tear out this page in an effort to erase his name from memory. Subsequent copies printed after 1971 no longer include any mention of Lin and most of the small number of Chinese language copies which do survive have had this page removed. In fact, to be in possession of a Little Red Book and not remove the Lin page could be a definite liability during the Cultural Revolution after 1971 as it might suggest a misplaced loyalty to an accused traitor. Being the original printing of the final text to the LRB this also became the model for all translations (which began in multi-million copy editions in 1966). It is rarely available, and especially nice to have with a presentation slip so soon after publication marking the 2nd Chinese Olympics. Seller Inventory # mao002

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MAO Zedong (Tse-Tung or Zedong)

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

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About this Item: Printed and edited by the Central Intelligence Bureau of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, probably Peking [May 1964]., 1964. Soft cover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. 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. Seller Inventory # BattMao1964

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Mao Tse tung, [Mao Zedong].

Published by [n.p., probably Beijing: Central Intelligence Bureau of the Chinese PeopleÕs Liberation Army, May, 1964]. (1964)

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About this Item: [n.p., probably Beijing: Central Intelligence Bureau of the Chinese PeopleÕs Liberation Army, May, 1964]., 1964. This copy contains the Lin BiaoÕs endorsement leaf, with three sentences for the diary of Lei Feng, printed letterpress in calligraphic script. The endorsement leaf is lacking in most copies because of political circumstances. Lin Biao, head of National Defense, had risen in power within the Mao hierarchy and was designated to become MaoÕs successor. However, rumors surfaced that Lin was planning to assassinate Mao. While never completely proven, they caused Lin to suddenly leave on a military transport for an undisclosed location when their plane was shot down in Mongolia on the evening of September 12, 1971. Subsequently, Mao attempted to eradicate his name from modern history, and the endorsement leaf was ordered to be torn out or defaced in all copies as a sign of loyalty to Mao. Therefore, copies with the endorsement leaf are uncommon, and copies with the endorsement leaf in the first state even scarcer. Sixteenmo, with the page size measuring 5 3/8: x 4.Ó 2 [half-title printed in red with blank verso], [2, title printed in green and red with blank verso], [2, portrait of Mao in brown tones, with blank verso], [2, endorsement leaf by Lin Biao with blank verso], 2 (letterpress introduction), 2 (table of contents, listing 30 chapters), 250 pp. The endorsement leaf is in the earliest state, with the misprint in the second character down of the second vertical row from the right. (See Oliver Han Lei, ÒHow Read is the Little Red Book, in the Antiquarian Book Review, November 2003). In the earliest binding of off-white paper wrappers with front cover printed in black and red, and spine printed in red. Very minor soiling. Ink notation on half-title in Chinese characters. An exceptionally fine copy. First edition, distinguishable from other editions by its slightly larger paper size, by containing thirty chapters and ending at page 250. The first state was printed in an edition of 50,000-60,000 copies and bound in off-white wrappers. It was never intended for sale, but was issued to members of the military as inspirational reading. It was only in the second state that the well-known vinyl cover first appeared. By 1967, the book had been translated into more than thirty-six languages and an estimated 720 copies had been printed. Now, over forty years later, over a billion copies have been printed worldwide, making it one of the most reprinted books ever, second only to the Bible. Seller Inventory # 15355

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Mao Tse tung, [Mao Zedong].

Published by [n.p., probably Beijing: Central Intelligence Bureau of the Chinese PeopleÕs Liberation Army, May, 1964]. (1964)

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About this Item: [n.p., probably Beijing: Central Intelligence Bureau of the Chinese PeopleÕs Liberation Army, May, 1964]., 1964. This copy contains the Lin BiaoÕs endorsement leaf, with three sentences for the diary of Lei Feng, printed letterpress in calligraphic script. The endorsement leaf is lacking in most copies because of political circumstances. Lin Biao, head of National Defense, had risen in power within the Mao hierarchy and was designated to become MaoÕs successor. However, rumors surfaced that Lin was planning to assassinate Mao. While never completely proven, they caused Lin to suddenly leave on a military transport for an undisclosed location when their plane was shot down in Mongolia on the evening of September 12, 1971. Subsequently, Mao attempted to eradicate his name from modern history, and the endorsement leaf was ordered to be torn out or defaced in all copies as a sign of loyalty to Mao. Therefore, copies with the endorsement leaf are uncommon, and copies with the endorsement leaf in the first state even scarcer. Sixteenmo, with the page size measuring 5 3/8: x 4.Ó 2 [half-title printed in red with blank verso], [2, title printed in green and red with blank verso], [2, portrait of Mao in brown tones, with blank verso], [2, endorsement leaf by Lin Biao with blank verso], 2 (letterpress introduction), 2 (table of contents, listing 30 chapters), 250 pp. The endorsement leaf is in the earliest state, with the misprint in the second character down of the second vertical row from the right. (See Oliver Han Lei, ÒHow Read is the Little Red Book, in the Antiquarian Book Review, November 2003). In the second state binding of red vinyl covers with front cover stamped in blind. Red pencil calligraphic characters on front free endpaper, blue ink notations on a terminal blank. Occasional neat underscoring in red pencil or ink. A very good, clean copy. First edition, distinguishable from other editions by its slightly larger paper size, by containing thirty chapters and ending at page 250. In the second state binding, the first appearance of the familar red vinyl covers. The first state was printed in an edition of 50,000-60,000 copies and bound in off-white wrappers. It was never intended for sale, but was issued to members of the military as inspirational reading. It was only in the second state that the well-known vinyl cover first appeared. By 1967, the book had been translated into more than thirty-six languages and an estimated 720 copies had been printed. Now, over forty years later, over a billion copies have been printed worldwide, making it one of the most reprinted books ever, second only to the Bible. Seller Inventory # 15354

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