Little Red Book by Mao Tse-tung, second edition, 1967

I might have been unpersuaded by the Xiamen street vendor’s Mao-inflected salesmanship in an earlier post but I do own this rare second edition of Mao’s famous Little Red Book of quotations, which was once practically required reading in the People’s Republic of China.  I found this official English-language version at a street market in Alexandria, Egypt in 1995 though a sticker inside the front cover indicates it was sold originally by the Trans World Press Agency at 29 Emad el-Din Street in Cairo for 25 piastres.  It was published in 1967 by the official Foreign Language Press in Peking, as it was then known, as part of a propaganda effort to distribute Mao Tse-tung thought around the world.  What makes the second edition unusual is that it contains a foreword written in 1966 by Lin Piao (sometimes written Biao) who was Mao’s top lieutenant and close ally before emerging as a potential rival and then dying in a suspicious plane crash in 1971.  Piao’s foreword was subsequently removed from all later editions of the Little Red Book.

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2 Responses to “Little Red Book by Mao Tse-tung, second edition, 1967”

  1. Lee lee says:

    I need this for my research paper . Thank you so much for posting this.

  2. Robert says:

    Would you know the approximate, current value of this little book? I own a mint copy which I obtained for free in 1967/68 at a Chinese exhibition in Damascus.

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