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Flog Eight: I Like My Characters TRADITIONAL

Title: 中國城語故事 (Zhongguo chengyu gushi ‘Stories of Chinese Sayings’)
Author: 蘇尚耀 (Su Shangyao)
Year: 中華民國六十二年七月(1973)
Publisher: 文化圖書公司 (Wenhu tushu gongsi)
Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Description: Oblong stable-bound book on thick card stock. Spine on right.

Pagination: [1-10]

Contents: Illustrated children’s book with stories explaining traditional Chinese chengyu.

Chengyu (lit. ‘city speech’) are, typically, four-character expressions or sayings that serve as a marker of educated speaking. The ten chengyu  illustrated in this children’s book are accompanied by a story to aid the reader in memorising the idiom and its meaning.

The book, printed in Taiwan, is written in traditional Chinese characters, and next to each character is the zhuyin fuhao (注音符號) or bopomofo ‘spelling’ of the character with tonal marker.


If you like your stories illustrated, your characters traditional, and need a little help remembering that 青梅竹馬 (qingmei zhuma ‘green plum and bamboo horse’) is purely innocent, then take a look at the terms for purchasing this book.


Condition: Worn. Wear to spine. Creasing to corners. Cover faded. But internally, a good copy.

Price: £2.50 / $4 (+s&h)

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Flog One: Cambridge Has SEX

Title: The Little Blue Book
Year: 1979
Publisher / Printer: Cambridge Little Blue Book Committee / Pembgate Printing Co.

Description: Staple-bound booklet with light blue paper covers & title printed in dark blue.

Pagination: 1-60

Content: Sexual education booklet distributed to first year undergraduates at Cambridge University. ‘The Little Blue Book’ was modelled after an earlier (1978) edition for Oxford students.

‘This booklet is about sexuality. It was originally written by students for students, because it had been estimated that 60% of students who have intercourse take NO contraceptive precautions the first time.’

A straightforward, no nonsense guide with frank discussion of sexuality, the human body, and contraception.

‘It has been impossible to write this book without expressing, to some extent, our moral standpoint. Some will disagree with us; sexuality should be a matter for responsible individual choice’.

Topics covered include: Anatomy & Physiology (‘Some knowledge of sexual anatomy and physiology is a useful preliminary to a full understanding of this booklet’), Sexual Behaviour (incl. masturbation, heterosexuality, intercourse & homosexuality), Contraception, Sterilization, Pregnancy, Abortion, Rape, & Sex-related Diseases.

Illustrations: Diagrams of male and female sexual organs & IUD insertion, photo of contraceptive methods (see above), maps of Cambridge counselling services & family planning clinics

Condition: Minor smudge on cover. Upper corner creased. Black ink fingerprint smudge on pp. 11-12 (‘Women: Further reading’)

Price: £25 / $40 (+ s&h)

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