A collection of 96 items relating to Chairman Mao's People's Republic of China, dating from just before the Cultural Revolution, including 60 issues of 'Peking Review'. From the papers of South African-born British political activist Basil Stein.
The collection is in very good condition, lightly-aged, and with only a handful of items with light damp staining. 60 issues of Peking Review ('A weekly magazine of Chinese news and views') between 4 January 1963 and 17 December 1965, comprising 17 issues from 1963, between no. 1 (4 January) and no. 25 (21 June); one issue from 1964 (no. 49, 4 December); 42 issues from 1965, between no. 6 (5 February) and no. 51 (17 December). Accompanying the issues are two of the air mail envelopes in which the magazine was sent to Basil Stein in London from China by distributors Guozi Shudian. (The magazine contained (according to the 'periodicals catalogue' below) 'China's views on current international questions | Theoretical articles and important documents | Authoritative coverage of developments in China | Illustrations, cartoons, maps and charts'.) Also 10 brochures by Guozi Shudian, China Publications Centre, Peking, including 6 issues (1-7, lacking 6) of 'Publican News from China', 1965, and a publicity 'periodicals catalogue' containing a mimeographed circular by the Guozi Shudian's Chiang Chun, 22 October 1964. Also 7 issues of 'The Broadsheet | Issued by the China Policy Study Group', from vol. 2 no. 7 (March 1965) to vol. 2 no. 9 (September 1965). Also 12 typed and mimeographed Chinese press and public relations documents in English, including 'Expose U.S. nuclear fraud (People's Daily Editorial of July 19, 1963)'; 'We want unity, not a split (Full Text of the People's Daily Editorial of July 13, 1963)'; 'Peaceful Coexistence - Two Diametrically Opposed Policies (Summary) - The Sixth Comment on the Open Letter of the Central Committee of the C.P.S.U. (by the Editorial Departments of the People's Daily and the Red Flag Journal) December 12, 1963'; 'People's Daily Editorial hails Indonesia's withrawal from U.N. (full text), 10 January 1965; 'Statement by a spokesman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party in China', 19 July 1963, three statements of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, 1, 10 and 19 July 1963. Also publicity leaflet (2pp., 4to) for 'Letters from China (Nos. 1-10 and Nos. 11-20) by Anna Louise Strong', 1962-1964; issue 3 (1963) of 'China Pictorial'; and issue 2 (1964) of 'China's Screen'. Also 4 documents relating to the Society of Anglo-Chinese understanding, including a prospectus for the Plaw Hatch 'week-end schools on China', 1965, and a copy of the December 1965 issue of the 'News' magazine of the Society for Anglo Chinese Understanding.