Beijing: New Star Publishers, 1989. First Edition, First Printing. Small 4to (10 1/8 x 7 1/4 inches; 260 x 185 mm), 32 pages, in stapled wrappers.Chinese government booklet justifying the bloody crackdown in Tiananmen Square in June, 1989. "Beijing experienced a horrifying counter-revolutionary rebellion on June 3 and 4, 1989," according to the introduction. "The purpose of the rebellion was to overthrow the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party and subvert the socialist People's Republic of China."Profusely illustrated with gruesome color photos of soldiers allegedly beaten or killed by "ruffians" and "thugs" as well as photos of burned-out vehicles; ordinary people supposedly thanking soldiers for ending the rebellion; scenes from Tiananmen Square and the surrounding streets; government and party leaders; and much more.This booklet is rare. OCLC FirstSearch lists only three institutional holdings: Harvard and Linfield College in the U.S. and the International Institute of Social History in the Netherlands. There were no other copies in commerce as of August 5, 2019. An oddly fascinating -- if jarring -- attempt by the Chinese government to present its case to a foreign audience. RARE. Item #1994
CONDITION: Light edge wear, rubbing to laminated wrappers, internally clean, bright, and unmarked. A Very Good or better copy.