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    The Very Rare First Edition, First Printing of Alcoholics Anonymous' "Big Red Book" in the Scarce Original Dust Jacket

    [Bill Wilson]. Alcoholics Anonymous. The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism. New York City: Works Publishing, Inc., 1939. The very rare first edition, first printing of Alcoholics Anonymous' famous "Big Red Book." Octavo. [x], 400, [6, blank] pages. Publisher's binding of full red cloth, front cover lettered in gilt, spine lettered in gilt. In the rare original dust jacket. Jacket spine toned, thumbsoiled and sunned (the sunning, however is far less than usually seen), jacket thumbsoiled with edgewear, some mild dampstaining, creased tears and chips, cloth spine lightly rubbed, gutter facing title-page starting, some foxing and offset to endleaves, some foxing to fore-edge of text. Still, a near fine copy of this title, better than usually seen in the uncommon original dust jacket, very seldom seen in any condition. Housed in quarter brown morocco clamshell case. It is believed that only 4,760 copies of the ordered run of 5,000 were printed due to paper shortages.

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    October, 2014
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