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    Inscribed by Bill Wilson to a Major Early Supporter of Alcoholics Anonymous

    [Alcoholics Anonymous]. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. [New York]: Alcoholics Anonymous Publishing, [1953]. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed in the year of publication by Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson to Dr. Henry Emerson Fosdick on the front free endpaper: "Dear Dr Fosdick - / Please have this / little token of the / great gratitude that / the Alcoholics Anonymous / will ever have for you. / Devotedly / Bill Wilson / NY[underlined] / 3/26/53". Octavo. 192 pages. Publisher's black cloth backstrip over blue paper boards, spine lettered in gilt. Original dust jacket. Jacket spine slightly sunned, mild rubbing to jacket and binding. A near fine copy, with an important association.

    Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) was an American Baptist minister, and an outspoken opponent of racial injustice. He was a central figure in the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversy within American Protestantism in the 1920s and 1930s, arguing that outdated church dogma would not serve modern congregations. In 1939, he wrote a review of the first Alcoholics Anonymous book, giving it his approval. To this day, members of Alcoholics Anonymous point to this review as a major development in the success of their movement.

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