(Anonymous) Chairman Mao's Mausoleum. The People's Fine Arts Publishing House, 1978. 107 pp. Large quarto. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Illustrated endpapers. Color reproductions. Plain card slipcase with title on spine.
There is sub-genre of Chinese propaganda photography in which the important buildings are commemorated. The enormous rectangular structure that is Mao's Mausoleum is 108ft (30 m) high and occupies an area of 23,920 sq.yd. (20,000 sq.m). It is supported by 44 granite columns.
In a society that is supposedly egalitarian, the erection of a public mausoleum--a shrine containing a body no less--was very much to acknowledge the cult of Mao, to single him out among all of his revolutionary comrades.
Mao Zedong died at the age of 82, on September 9, 1976 12:10 a.m. in Beijing. Mao was in poor health for several years and had been visibly weak for some time prior to his death. His body lay in state at the Great Hall of the People. A vast memorial service was held in Tiananmen Square on September 18, 1976. His body was placed into the Mausoleum, despite his expressed wish to be cremated. In 1956, he had been one of the first high-ranking officials to sign the "Proposal that all Central Leaders be Cremated after Death" in November 1956.
Light foxing; tiny nicks to jacket at crown and base of spine; additional manila jacket, not original, containing a Chinese library pocket and card; small paper pocket affixed to verso of rear free-endpaper; no other library markings.