Description

    First Edition of the Little Red Book

    Mao Zedong ("Chairman Mao"). [Quotations from Chairman Mao, in Chinese]. N.p., n.d. [1964].

    First edition. Sixteenmo. 2 (Preface), 2 (Table of Contents), 250 pages. Frontispiece portrait of Mao. Half-title in red; title page in red and green. This copy also has the first state of the one-page endorsement by Lin Biao, leader of the People's Liberation Army, which was subsequently removed. Thirty chapters.

    Original white printed wrappers with red star and text to spine, and red rectangular title field with black text to front wrapper. Moderate soiling to the wrappers. A previous owner has changed the title of Chapter 22 in the table of contents and on the chapter heading itself in blue ink; four lines in Chapter 22 have been crossed out in blue ink. Very good.

    "The Political Department of the PLA [People's Liberation Army] published the first edition of Quotations from Chairman Mao in May 1964, and over the next three years issued no less than a billion copies of that soon-to-be-fetishized 'little red book.' It was the Defense Minister Lin Biao who orchestrated mass campaigns to study Mao's writings" (Meisner). Some years later, after Lin Biao's purported involvement in an assassination attempt against Mao, the people of China were told to remove Lin Biao's endorsement page from the front of their copies of the book, making intact copies such as this quite scarce.

    Maurice J. Meisner, Mao Zedong, 164.


    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Books & Catalogs (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2010
    11th-12th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,384

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 March 7 Books Signature Auction Books - New York .

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 November 10 Space Exploration - Dallas
    2017 November 10 Space Exploration - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $852,131