MAO TSE-TUNG. Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung Peking, Foreign Languages Press, 1966.
16mo. Original card wrappers in the iconic flexible PVC cover; pp. [xii]. 312. , fine portrait-frontispiece in sepia with original tissue guard, facsimile plate of calligraphy by Lin Biao, printed on high-quality papers, very light rubbing to binding, a little offsetting from endpapers, otherwise fine.
First printing [?] of the original English printing from September of 1966 (one million printed at that). After this printing the Chinese publisher mistakenly left the notice "First Edition" on the back of the title page so the next five or six editions contain this erroneously.
'It's an icon of China and communism as well as a work of propaganda. More than a billion copies have been published, making the book, often wrapped in its distinctive vinyl cover, one of the most widely produced of all time. During China's "Cultural Revolution" it became virtually mandatory to own and carry one … Originally produced in 1964 by the People's Liberation Army - an early version was titled 200 Quotations from Chairman Mao - it soon became a key feature of the leader's personality cult. The Ministry of Culture aimed to distribute a copy to every Chinese citizen and hundreds of new printing houses were built in order to achieve this. Mao himself reportedly liked its resemblance to books of quotations by philosophers such as Confucius' (BBC News Magazine, online).