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First Edition in English

Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung [Little Red Book].

Peking: Foreign Language Press, 1966.

Price: $1,000.00

About the item

First edition in English. Portrait with tissue guard, illustration of calligraphy in facsimile with translation on verso. [viii], 312, [1, imprint] pp. 1 vols. 16mo. First Edition in English. Red plastic, stamped in blind on upper cover. Fine. Schiller, Quotations of Chairman Mao (Grolier Club, 2014) p. 3.

Item #366201

First edition in English of Mao's Little Red Book.

720 million copies of the Chinese text of Mao's Little Red Book were printed over a four-year period beginning in 1964; only the Bible has had a larger print run.

“Its idea was originally conceived by Lin Bao (1907-71) as a book of inspirational reading... For several years Lin promoted a campaign that everyone should study Chairman Mao's thoughts, and the PLA [People's Liberation Army] newspaper printed daily extracts from his selected texts that often formed topics for evening discussion groups” (Schiller).