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  1. Hongse niangzi jun. (The Red Detachment of Women.)
    CHINESE CULTURAL REVOLUTION; Zhongguo wuju tuan. (China Ballet Troupe.) Hongse niangzi jun. (The Red Detachment of Women.)

    Beijing : 1970

    First edition, first impression, of the full performance directions for the first revolutionary model opera written and performed in Mao's China, which provided some of the defining images of Maoist stage propaganda. This is an unusually nice copy with a pleasing provenance, bought in Beijing by the prominent sinologist Paul Pickowicz in the year following... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 149732

  2. ¡El Pueblo Vietnamita Triunfará! ¡Los Agresores Yanqui Fracasarán! (The Vietnamese People Will Triumph! The Yank Aggressors Will Fail!)
    CHINESE PROPAGANDA; Vietnam War. ¡El Pueblo Vietnamita Triunfará! ¡Los Agresores Yanqui Fracasarán! (The Vietnamese People Will Triumph! The Yank Aggressors Will Fail!)

    Beijing : 1966

    First edition in Spanish, first impression, with a pleasing Cold War provenance, of this uncommon work, a collection of artworks attacking the American presence in Vietnam, which encapsulates the intensity of Cold War-era geopolitical relations between China, the United States, and the Soviet Union.

    After ideological disputes and the public souring... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 149911

  3. Zhushi jiaozheng Hua Ying si shu. (The Four Books of Confucianism Collated with Annotations in Chinese and English.)
    CONFUCIUS. Zhushi jiaozheng Hua Ying si shu. (The Four Books of Confucianism Collated with Annotations in Chinese and English.)

    Shanghai : [c.1920]

    An important association copy bridging a prominent Chinese political thinker and an influential American diplomat, inscribed by Kiang Kanghu on the rear free endpaper, "To Hon. C. R. Crane, Presented by H. Kiang Kang Hu", along with his name in cursive Chinese. Kiang (1883-1954) spent several years in the United States after the fall of China's last... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 147918

  4. Shijie di yi gao feng (The Highest Mountain in the World):
    EVEREST; Jia Yujiang. Shijie di yi gao feng (The Highest Mountain in the World):

    Shanghai : 1975

    First edition of this collection of postcards published following the second successful assault on the peak of Everest by Chinese mountaineers, the team including only the second woman to ever summit. The expedition established a new revised height for the mountain.

    Located on the border between Nepal and Tibet, Everest has always been a natural... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 149479

  5. Menggu renmin gongheguo zou xiang wenhua jianshe zhi dao. (The Mongolian People's Republic on the Road to Cultural Development.)
    LEONOF, G. A., & V. N. Rogoff. Menggu renmin gongheguo zou xiang wenhua jianshe zhi dao. (The Mongolian People's Republic on the Road to Cultural Development.)

    Shanghai : 1948

    First edition, sole printing, of this rare and fascinating piece of East Asian propaganda, this copy excellently preserved; one of 1,000 copies printed. This homage to Mongolian socialism was sponsored by the Chinese Communist Party to make the case for the benefits socialism could bring to East Asia. This copy was previously owned by Albert Ravenholt,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 149374

  6. My Country and My People.
    LIN YUTANG. My Country and My People.

    London : 1936

    First UK edition, first impression, of the accomplished Chinese author's survey of his nation; "the truest, the most profound, the most complete, the most important book yet written about China" (Pearl S. Buck's introduction).

    Lin authored various books on China and published translations of classic Chinese texts into English, both of which... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 150455

  7. Le peuple, le peuple seul, est la force motrice, le créature de l'histoire universelle. (The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.)
    MAO ZEDONG. Le peuple, le peuple seul, est la force motrice, le créature de l'histoire universelle. (The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.)

    Beijing : [c.1968]

    An engaging example of Chinese Cultural Revolution propaganda in French, printed in comparatively small quantities. The quote, one of the most well-known of all of Mao's sayings, demonstrates the Cultural Revolution era's supreme and unwavering commitment to the masses as the driving force of history.

    This quote, featured in chapter eleven of... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 149418

  8. Nous sommes pour l'abolition des guerres (We are advocates for the abolition of war);
    MAO ZEDONG. Nous sommes pour l'abolition des guerres (We are advocates for the abolition of war);

    Beijing : [c.1968]

    A well-preserved example of Chinese Cultural Revolution propaganda in French, printed in comparatively small numbers. The quote encapsulates the core Maoist belief that revolution required armed struggle and that "political power grows out of a gun."

    These words, featured in chapter five of the "Little Red Book" under the theme of "War and Peace",... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 149414

  9. L'existence de l'impérialisme ne sera plus bien longue. (The days of imperialism are numbered.)
    MAO ZEDONG. L'existence de l'impérialisme ne sera plus bien longue. (The days of imperialism are numbered.)

    Beijing : [c.1968]

    A compelling example of Chinese Cultural Revolution propaganda in French, printed in comparatively small numbers. The quote encapsulates the strong anti-imperialist tone of Chinese propaganda in the 1960s as Beijing looked to paint both the United States and the Soviet Union as two aggressors antithetical to world progress.

    Originally published... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 149399

  10. Mao zhuxi wan sui! (Long Live Chairman Mao!)
    MAO ZEDONG. Mao zhuxi wan sui! (Long Live Chairman Mao!)

    Shanghai : 1967

    A large, well-preserved poster produced early in the Cultural Revolution to stoke the revolutionary fires of Mao's burgeoning cult. The portrait mirrors the contemporary official portrait of Mao that hung overlooking Tiananmen Square, and it is accompanied by the slogans that quickly became the standard adulation for Mao after the beginning of the Cultural... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 149243

  11. Jingzhu weida de daoshi Mao zhuxi wanshouwujiang! (Wishing the Great Teacher Chairman Mao a Long Life!)
    MAO ZEDONG. Jingzhu weida de daoshi Mao zhuxi wanshouwujiang! (Wishing the Great Teacher Chairman Mao a Long Life!)

    Beijing : 1969

    A large propaganda poster printed at the height of the Mao cult and intended to reinforce Mao's predominant position in Chinese politics. It shows a jovial Mao at one of the many events where representatives of the Cultural Revolution's radical revolutionary masses - especially students and workers - could bask in the light of China's "reddest, reddest,... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 149240

  12. Official Portrait Poster.
    MAO ZEDONG. Official Portrait Poster.

    Shanghai : [c.1950]

    An exceptionally well-preserved example of a rare Mao portrait poster, published soon after the founding of the People's Republic of China, issued as an early attempt to establish him as a state figurehead. This is an example of a short-lived approach to depicting Mao that quickly gave way to the full-face style seen in official Mao portraits up to... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 143323

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