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    The Big Book, Inscribed and Signed by the Co-Founder of AA, Bill Wilson

    [Alcoholics Anonymous]. [Bill Wilson]. Alcoholics Anonymous. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, [1965]. Second edition, seventh printing. Inscribed and signed by Bill Wilson and his wife, Lois, on verso of front free endpaper. Octavo. xxx, 575 pages. Publisher's full blue leather, believed limited to only 5 copies in this binding. Gilt decoration and titles with top edge gilt. A few light scuffs and bumps along top edge. A fine copy of this landmark work.

    Wilson inscribes this copy in blue ink, "Dear Chuck - / Lois joins me / in all affection / and in confident / faith that the / years to come / will be your finest! / Ever, / Bill / Slipping Stones / Jan 15 / 66." Below this inscription, Lois Wilson has added, "With heaps of love / Lois."

    Also included with this lot is a twelve-page copied typescript testimonial from the inscribee relating his experiences with professional flying and alcoholism. Attached to final page is his AA Birds of a Feather International pin.

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    "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).

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