Red Star Over China - Edgar Snow 1937 - Victor Gollancz Ltd., London - First Edition - Left Book Club ‘A journalistic scoop in 1937, this book has since become a historical classic...’ – Foreign Affairs.

‘In 1936, at the age of thirty, Snow became an embedded journalist with the Red Army. He was the first westerner to see the inner-workings of China's young Communist movement and meet Chairman Mao. Over the course of a year, he interviewed all of the luminaries of the CPC, from Mao to Chou Enlai, and everyone in-between. The result was this remarkable narrative account of his experience.
  The author recounts the months he spent traveling with the Red Army and provides an account of the 6000-mile ‘Long March’ and biographical accounts of the leaders; includes many photographs, details of the army of Chu Teh, ‘The Red Napoleon’; the inside story of the kidnapping of Chiang Kai-Shek, and its tremendous consequences; China's united front against Japan and its war tactics and objectives. The colour maps on endpapers show the route of the Long March, Yenan Province, and the author's travels.

In America a few months after the first American edition was published, a censored ‘Revised Edition’ was issued, about which Jonathan Mirsky of the
New York Book Review wrote:-

‘In
The Soviet World of American Communism (Yale University Press, 1998), Harvey Klehr et al. make use of Soviet documents to show that Snow altered his book to please Moscow.

The Soviets didn’t like a few passages in the first edition of the book, which they regarded, a document of 1938 shows, as “vicious Trotskyist propaganda.” Another document, also dated 1938, states, “Snow connected with the Party and pleaded to have the ‘ban’ lifted…. Snow declared to the CPUSA that he would destroy the entire third part of the book and rewrite it to the satisfaction of the CPUSA for future editions.” He wrote to Party Secretary Earl Browder that he had excised “sentences which I thought might be offensive to the party.” Random House complied. On Moscow’s orders, left-wing reviewers who had condemned the first edition now praised the second.’

Octavo (book size 21.6x14.3cm), pp. 464. In publisher’s orange cloth covered wrappers, black lettering to spine and upper.
  Condition: Fine in near fine wrappers with some light soling, spine wrinkled as is common with this edition.   Ref: 111811   Price: HK$ 3,200