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    Alcoholics Anonymous
    Inscribed by the Wilsons

    Alcoholics Anonymous. [Bill Wilson and Lois Wilson]. Alcoholics Anonymous. The Story of How Many Thousands and Men and Women have Recovered from Alcoholism. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Service Inc., 1965. Second Edition, Seventh Printing. Inscribed by Bill and Lois Wilson on verso of front free endpaper: "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 that is Lois' inscription in her own hand: "With Heaps of Love / Lois." Octavo. xxx, 575 pages. Bound in full blue morocco with gilt rules on covers, and inner dentelles. Spine in six compartments with gilt lettering, rules and decorations. Top edge gilt. Believed to be one of only five copies leather bound. A most unusual and desirable signed copy. Fine. [together with:] Twelve page typescript from Chuck __ together with his AA "Birds of a Feather" pin. Pages with minor annotations and corrections in ink, staple rust stains in upper corners. Very good.

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    Lois Wilson (1891-1988), the wife of AA co-founder Bill Wilson, was herself the co-founder of Al-Anon, a support group for family and friends of alcoholics.


    Birds of a Feather International is an organization formed in response to the need of pilots and other cockpit crew members for a forum in which the subject of alcohol and drug addiction can be discussed with impunity and immunity..."Our concern is recovery from alcoholism". The organization's website traces their beginning to 1972. By 1976, after a great deal of planning and education and with the assistance of the FAA and United Airlines, the organization was in full swing and ready for the next step. Chuck__ was an early "Bird" with 12 years of sobriety. He served as a panel member on behalf of the National Council on Alcoholism. In November 1976, the FAA issued their exemption letter allowing sober recovering alcoholics to fly as crew members. Chuck___ was the first to apply and receive his exemption on January 15, 1977 (Birds of a Feather Website). We offer the Signed volume plus a 12 page typescript testimonial (with editorial corrections) labeled "fourth edition" with Chuck's address label. The testimonial recounts Chuck's experience as a professional airline pilot and recovering alcoholic. His "Bird of a Feather" pin is attached to the last page of the typescript.

    A fine association copy made all the more special by the typescript and pin. A centerpiece for any AA collection, particularly for pilots and other flight professionals.

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