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[人民畫報1976年11期及珍貴手稿].[Ren min hua bao 1976 nian 11 qi ji zhen gui shou gao]. [China Pictorial 1976 No.11 and Original Mock-up].
北京. [Beijing].: 人民畫報社.[China Pictorial].. 1976.. Rare mock-up of China Pictorial, No. 11, 1976 issued to commemorate the death of Chairman Mao Zedong on September 9th. 33 folded sheets of light card, measuring 36 x 52cm open and 36 x 26cm closed, comprise a complete draft of the 61 pages of the final magazine with some interesting, and on occasion, telling differences. The reverse of the sheets are largely blank with handwritten page numbers on upper corner. Colour mock-up of upper cover on light card, plain backstrip torn with a little loss, lower cover not present. As this mock-up was compiled in the days prior to the use of computers it includes 149 black and white photographs, rather than photographic reproductions, of varying sizes showing Mao, many high ranking officials and, naturally, scenes of Mao with the Chinese people both en masse and in more intimate settings. These photographs have been very carefully placed amongst blocks of Chinese text. The text blocks have each been painstakingly hand cut by knife to make sure the sharp right angles required for printing were achieved and then laid down along pencilled guidelines. The mock-up of this special issue of China Pictorial is accompanied by a very good copy of the published magazine. A related item loosely inserted with this collection is a contemporary photograph of instructions passed between three people, two of whom are identifiable as high ranking Chinese officials of the day, regarding an issue of China Pictorial issued the following year (No.7 1977). This mock-up offers an extraordinary behind-the-scenes insight into the political manoeuvrings, subtle and not so subtle, that were taking place at the highest level of Chinese government in the period immediately following Chairman Mao's death. The least subtle change is that of the exclusion of Mao's wife in the final publication. One photograph (page 34 in the mock-up) shows Mao leading the way to the Northern Shaanxi battlefield in 1947. A handwritten comment alongside this photo reads "remove the image of Jiang Qing." Jiang Qing, Mao's wife and the leader of the Gang of Four does not appear in the revised photo in the final published edition and she is not seen in any of the other images in the magazine either. Many of the changes were more subtle, for example, several critical comments relating to Deng Xiaoping, present in the mock-up, were removed before publication, while the criticisms of Lin Biao are kept. An example perhaps of someone reading the political winds and sensing that Deng's fortunes were again beginning to change? It is also telling to look at the significance of the order in which the names of party members are mentioned. An interesting example of this can be found on page 8 of the mock-up. On this page Soong Ching-ling, or Madame Sun Yat-sen, is listed with a number of other senior officials' names. However her name has been circled with an indication that her name be moved from third place further down to the middle of the group of names. This change of order is reflected in the final publication but on page 10 she appears still in third place which surely must be human error! On pages 12 - 13 the editors have had prepared three different drafts for approval and have written "Plan No.1, Plan No.2 and Plan No.3" respectively on the rear side of the leaves in pencil. The text is not altered between the mock-up and the published magazine, however the photographs, with the exception of one differ. On the first plan individual photographs of the leaders are laid down side by side with the names captioned underneath each image. These 16 photographs look strikingly similar to "mug shots" taken by police of criminals and it is therefore not surprising that these photographs do not appear in the final publication. Another photograph shows Hua Guofeng delivering a eulogy for Mao. In one copy of this photograph Ye Jianying is behind him and in another the physical evidence of his removal is visible. Ye Jianying appears in the image in the final publication. Comparing the mock-up of 人民畫報1976年11期及珍貴手稿 [China Pictorial Number 11, 1976] and the final publication as a whole it is interesting to note that the propaganda slogans in the background of some photos in the mock-up are not as clear as they later appear in the published version. It is this, together with the not inconsiderable number of changes between the mock-up and the final published magazine, that draw attention to just how important it was to get this landmark issue "right", to reflect the prevailing winds and to make sure the party message was brought firmly home to the reader. .
      [Bookseller: Asia Bookroom]
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