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Mao Zedong First Edition Book: Quotations from Chairman Mao (The Little Red Book)

Scarce first edition of Chairman Mao's 'Little Red Book'

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Scarce first edition of Chairman Mao's 'Little Red Book'

Scarce first edition Chinese book: Mao Zhu Xi Yu Lu (Quotations from Chairman Mao, or "The Little Red Book"). First edition, with frontispiece portrait of Mao and Marshal Lin Bao's uncorrected printed endorsement leaf; textual error on pp. 82/83 corrected. Beijing: General Political Department of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, 1964. Softcover bound in red vinyl covers with embossed title and star, 4 x 5.5, 250 pages. Book condition: VG/None, with light wear and some soiling to wrappers.

Widely known as Mao's 'Little Red Book,' the pocket-sized Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung was first printed in 1964 and widely distributed during China's Cultural Revolution. Its thirty chapters contain quotations from Mao's speeches and writings, organized by topic: the Communist Party, class and class struggle, socialism and communism, war and peace, imperialism, the People's Army, politics, patriotism, and culture are all touched upon in the famous work. A highly desirable first edition of this historic and influential book, which helped to shape China's cultural and political paths in the 20th century.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Featuring Revolutionary War
  • Dates: #670 - Ended July 12, 2023