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    First Edition, First Printing of the Big Book, Inscribed and Signed by the Co-Founder of AA, Bill Wilson

    [Alcoholics Anonymous]. [Bill Wilson]. Alcoholics Anonymous. New York: Works Publishing Inc., [1939].

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed and signed by Wilson on the front free endpaper. Octavo. viii, 400 pages.

    Publisher's full red cloth with gilt titles. Housed in a full red cloth clamshell case with black leather labels titled in gilt. Moderate wear and soiling to the boards. Spine a bit dull, with a donut-shaped dampstain halfway down. Some toning, light soiling and wear along the textblock edges. Contents clean. A very good copy of this landmark work.

    Wilson inscribes this copy in blue ink, "To Fred - / This in grateful / memory of your friendship / and of the old days! / Affectionately / Bill / NY / Feb/20/51 [or 57]."

    "This extraordinary book deserves the careful attention of anyone interested in the problem of alcoholism. Whether as victims, friends of victims, physicians, clergymen, psychiatrists or social workers there are many such, and this book will give them, as no other treatise known to this reviewer will, an inside view of the problem which the alcoholic faces. [...] The book is not in the least sensational. It is notable for its sanity, restraint, and freedom from over-emphasis and fanaticism. It is a sober, careful, tolerant, sympathetic treatment of the alcoholic's problem and of the successful techniques by which its co-authors have won their freedom" (from the influential 1939 book review by Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick (a first edition of Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions inscribed from Wilson to Fosdick appears in this auction at lot 36243).


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