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WILSON, Bill].

Published by Works Publishing Company, New York City (1939)

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Item Description: Works Publishing Company, New York City, 1939. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. Half-title + TP + v-viii + half-title + 1-400 + 3 blank leaves, Large Octavo. First Edition, First Printing. The first edition, first printing of the Big Book was produced by Cornwall Press in New York and printed on thick paper with wide margins (in order to justify the price of $3.50 a copy) in a press run of 4,650. INSCRIBED by Bill Wilson to Tom Birrell, one of the founding members of AA in New York: "Tom Birrell - / Our dear friend / of A.A., whose devotion / to our cause - and / to us - is one of / our brightest pages - / Affectionately / Bill + Lois / Xmas '44" (NOTE: Lois Wilson also signed here own signature at the end.)Tom Birrell was one of just five AA members in New York - along with Bill Wilson, Fitz Mayo, Bert Taylor & Jim Burwell - who "contributed to the writing of the book" and who stayed continuously sober after the Big Book was published. (This information is taken from a handwritten commentary and list made by Jim Burwell - the famous NY atheist who insisted on putting 'as we understood Him" in the Steps - inside his personal copy of the early Multilith printing of the book done in February of 1939 - now in a private collection. A typed transcription of this same list can be found in the GSO Archives in New York City.) Given Tom's sobriety date of February, 1939, it is unlikely that he made any kind of substantive contribution to the Big Book although he may have made suggestions for changes to the text - since the book was going through the final stages of editing between February and March of 1939. Tom remained sober until his death in 1964. But Tom Birrell's contribution was not just limited to the fact that he was an early AA member. For one thing, he was a pioneer proponent of making contributions for both the 'infrastructure' and the common good of AA - a fact which Bill Wilson noted fondly in a talk that he gave in 1955 on the early days at the Manhattan Group: "Tom B. was leading the meeting that night, and at the intermission he put on a real plug for money, the first I'd ever heard. At that time, money and spirituality couldn't mix, even in the hat. I mean, you mustn't talk about money! Well, Tom put on that heavy pitch, and as the hat came along, I fished in my pocket and pulled out half a buck." THERE ARE MORE DETAILS AVAILABLE ON TOM BIRRELl THAT WILL NOT FIT HERE - AND ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. A beautifully preserved and important inscription copy of "Big Red" - the first edition, first printing of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are two very minor spots to the lower front cover of the book, but it is otherwise clean and unworn with remarkably bright gilt lettering on the front cover and the spine. The dust jacket has, unfortunately, not been so lovingly treated. It is torn, chipped, ripped and inelegantly repaired with aging cellophane tape - but looking 100% authentic here in its protective cover! The interior is without markings of any kind - other than the inscription by Bill Wilson on the front fly leaf. A truly stunning copy of this landmark book that has been a life-saver to so many millions of people worldwide! PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Bookseller Inventory # 424

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WILSON, Bill

Published by New York Works Publishing (1939)

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Item Description: New York Works Publishing, 1939. First Edition of the AA "Big Book" in the Rare Dust Jacket [ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS]. WILSON, Bill. SMITH, Dr. Bob. Alcoholics Anonymous. The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism New York: Works Publishing Company, 1939. First Edition. One of approximately 5,000 first edition copies. Large octavo (9 x 6 inches; 229 x 151 mm). viii, [2], [1]-400 pp. Publisher's original bright red cloth. Front board and spine lettered in gilt. A fine copy of the book, bright, crisp, square and completely unused. Pristine. In a near fine dust jacket with several short closed tears at the top of the spine, one tear at the base of the spine that has been reinforced from the inside with tape and minor loss at the corners. Housed in a custom red morocco clamshell. A truly remarkable survivor, one that has been cherished by consecutive members of the organization for the past 45 years without ever being offered for sale. One of the best selling books of all time having sold more than 30 million copies, "The Big Book" inspired one of America';s longest lasting and most enduring social movements. First published in 1939, "Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism" is colloquially known as "The Big Book" because of the heft of the paper used in this edition. By William Griffith Wilson (Bill W.) and Robert Holbrook Smith (Dr. Bob), the book chronicles both their personal stories and the path they took to redemption that would later become known as the "twelve step program." "The Big Book" has been translated into numerous languages and was designated by The Library of Congress as one of the 88 books that shaped America. "Lest this title should arouse the risibles in any reader let me state that the general thesis of "Alcoholics Anonymous" is more soundly based psychologically than any other treatment of the subject I have ever come upon. And it is a subject not to be neglected, for, irrespective of whether we live under repeal or prohibition, there will be alcohol addicts, precisely as there are drug addicts." (Contemporary New York Times review). HBS 67200. $40,000. Bookseller Inventory # 67200

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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS; WILSON, Bill

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Item Description: 1939. (ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS) (WILSON, Bill).Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism.New York: Works Publishing, 1939.First edition, first printing, of this influential work—a most desirable copy in the very rare original dust jacket.The Alcoholics Anonymous "Big Book" was published at a particularly trying time; the Great Depression had driven many Americans to desperation, and the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 ensured that alcohol was readily available. With moving personal accounts and case histories of many original members of A.A., here is the story of countless "average Americans [whose] feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds" their lives together. This extremely scarce first edition also examines the epiphanic moments in which hope for a new life is achieved, but "the later editions of the Big Book play down this expectation of ‘sudden and spectacular upheaval" in favor of a more gradual explanation for triumph over the addiction (New Yorker, 1955). The book’s publication itself represented a triumph over numerous obstacles; pre-publication shares in the newly-founded corporation proved impossible to sell until a Reader’s Digest editor promised to publish an article about the group’s efforts. The article never materialized, but the tenacity of Bill W. and friends resulted in the independent publication of the book. An alternative title, The Way Out, had strong support from members, but a check of the Library of Congress showed twelve books with that title. Bill W. remembers, "We said to ourselves, ‘We sure aren’t going to make this book the thirteenth Way Out.’ We left the title Alcoholics Anonymous in the copy that went to the printer. That is how we got the title for our book, and that is how our society got its name."Bright, about-fine book with just a bit of soiling to rear panel. Scarce bright jacket with expert restoration. A beautiful copy. Bookseller Inventory # 90822

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Published by Works Publishing (1945)

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Item Description: Works Publishing, 1945. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 5th or later Edition. 2 early 1st Editions "Big Books" plus 11 early periodicals, all circa 1945-1951. Hardcover 8th (1945) and 14th (1951) printings of 1st Edition, both with original red/yellow/black dust jackets. Plus 4 "Alcohol Hygiene" 1945-1946; 5 "AA GrapeVine" in 1949; plus 2 "AA Forecast" in 1949. Everything $14,500.00. Wholesale, cheap price. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1819032739

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Published by Works Publishing Company, New York City (1939)

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Item Description: Works Publishing Company, New York City, 1939. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾", up to 9¾" tall. First printing book! Boards are moderately warped and discolored from water damage, as pictured. Corners and spine ends are moderately bumped, with the cloth rubbed through to the cardboard below at three corners, several short closed tears to the cloth at the tail of the spine, and slight fraying to the cloth at the head of the spine. Gilt on spine and front board remains legible, but is rubbed and dulled. Text block is mildly age-darkened and dinged. Front board, fore-edge of text block, and front free endpaper are lightly speckled with mildew, but the book has no odor whatsover. The binding is very slightly shaken, and the book lies almost flat at several pages, but overall the binding is square and tight, and hinges are sound. Endpapers are lightly soiled pink from the water damage. Occasional light foxing to the interior. Three previous owner's names and dates (1940-1941) written in pencil on ffe, otherwise the book is unmarked. Interior remains bright, with no tears and minimal bumping. The interior is in good (average used) condition, the boards are fair, and overall we are grading the book as fair. This copy includes a facsimile dust jacket and clamshell case, each in near fine condition. We are happy to answer questions or take additional photographs upon request. Bookseller Inventory # L1026

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Published by works publishing company

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Item Description: works publishing company. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. A superb copy of the first edition/thirteenth printing in dj SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by BILL WILSON on the front free endpaper. A nice inscription by the cofounder of AA. It would be difficult to find a nicer copy of the book: very clean, straight and tight. One tiny spot on boards, else a fine exampe. Dj has a couple of short tears. A bright, clean example of a scarce and important book SIGNED by Bill Wilson. Choice!. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-5655527139

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Wilson, Bill J.

Published by Works Publishing Inc., New York (1947)

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Item Description: Works Publishing Inc., New York, 1947. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition; Eleventh Printing. Presentation copy: "For Susan. My Dear friend of A. A. In gratitude for all you have meant to so many - and to me. Affectionately Bill Dec/47." (Signed on the front fly-leaf). The dust jacket is protected by a Brodart mylar cover and is not clipped. Not an ex-library copy. No remainder marks. Most books shipped within 24 hours. All books mailed with Delivery Confirmation. The book has a couple of tiny stains on the fore edge. The dust jacket has a closed tear at the top of the front cover and minor wear at the extremities. The jacket over all has light scattered foxing or staining on the covers and along the top edges of the interior flaps. Very good + condition in very good dust jacket. ; 8vo.; viii, 400 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 38300

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WILSON, Bill].

Published by Works Publishing Inc., New York City (1946)

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Item Description: Works Publishing Inc., New York City, 1946. FIRST EDITION, TENTH PRINTING, INSCRIBED. Half-title + TP + v-viii + half-title + 1-400 + 3 blank leaves, Octavo. First Edition, Tenth Printing. INSCRIBED by AA Co-Founder, BILL WILSONThe tenth printing had a press run of 25,000 copies.FIRST EDITION, TENTH PRINTING ISSUE POINTS:" The color of the binding is dark blue" Jacket spine and inside front flap now say "Tenth Printing" Verso of title page adds the line "Tenth Printing, August 1946" Page 178, line 32: "Fourteen Thousand" becomes "Thousands" Page 391, title: changed to "NOW WE ARE THOUSANDS" In the original dust jacket with several large closed tears and small chips. Blue covers with bright gold lettering on spine. Ink In gratitude. Bill San Francisco Mar 21 1951" Despite the closed tears to the dust , this is a really lovely inscribed copy. PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Bookseller Inventory # 360

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SIGNED by Bill Wilson) Alcoholics Anonymous.

Published by Works Publishing Inc., New York (1950)

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Item Description: Works Publishing Inc., New York, 1950. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. SIGNED, INSCRIBED & DATED BY BILL WILSON using his full name rather than "Bill W". Near Fine hardback First Edition Thirteenth Printing with mild toning eps, mild sun spine in a Very Good++ original Dust Jacket 'Thirteenth Printing' on the dj spine. Dj with mild scuffs, minimal edge wear. Unobtrusive tape dj verso. No extraneous markings or writing. The inscription reads " To Al M_______: / My greetings and / best wishes! / Ever Yours / Bill Wilson / NY / Dec 28 /51" 8vo. viii, 400 pp. In a custom cloth covered clamshell box with gilt lettering on clamshell cover and spine labels. Bookseller Inventory # 43617

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Anonymous, Alcoholics

Published by Works Publishing, Inc, New York City (1941)

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Item Description: Works Publishing, Inc, New York City, 1941. Hardcover. First Edition/Second Printing. ***SALE. The price of this item has been temporarily reduced by; Blue cloth cover with gilt stamped print on spine and blindstamped title on front cover has heavy wear to corners and moderate wear to caps. Boards and spine are straight with bumped corners. This copy belonged to Calvin Nathaniel Payne II whose name and address history is written on the front paste down. Front endsheet has penciled names and details of AA members and office holders. Binding shaken but still very good. Published March 1941 (Second Printing). Pages clean and in very good condition. Provenance: From the estate of former Arizona State House Representatives, Winifred "Freddie" Hershberger (1992-1998) and Joseph Peter Hershberger III (1972-1976). This book originally belonged to Calvin Nathaniel Payne II, the father of Winifred "Freddie" Hershberger. Payne struggled with alcoholism most of his adult life. However, after moving to Denver as a Sales Representative for the western territory of his father's company, American Meter Company, Payne joined AA and took the Pledge. He never took another drink and enjoyed sobriety for the last 21 years of his life. A digital photo of Calvin Payne as a young man is available. ; 400 pages Good+ 20%. Sale price ends soon! ***. Bookseller Inventory # 52961

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Published by Works Publishing Inc. (1951)

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Item Description: Works Publishing Inc., 1951. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. A Scarce first edition/14th printing SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by Bill Wilson in original DJ! The book is very nice with strong spine gilt, modest sunning and soiling to the front endpaper. An attractive copy with no names, writing or bookplates other than the inscription by Bill Wilson. The Dj is also very nice with minor soiling and a few short tears. A SCARCE AND IMPORTANT TITLE SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR!. Inscribed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-4583083156

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Published by Works Publishing, Inc, NY (1941)

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Item Description: Works Publishing, Inc, NY, 1941. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 2nd printing of the AA Big Book; reproduced dust jacket, in mylar; black cover; good clean, tight binding, with owner's names on front flyleaf; lite tanning of end papers.400 pages Size: 8 vo. Bookseller Inventory # 103204

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WILSON, Bill].

Published by Works Publishing Company, New York City (1943)

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Item Description: Works Publishing Company, New York City, 1943. FIRST EDITION, FOURTH PRINTING. Half-title + TP + v-viii + half-title + 1-400, large Octavo. First Edition, Fourth Printing (Green Binding). The fourth printing had a press run of 5,000 copies. FIRST EDITION, FOURTH PRINTING ISSUE POINTS:" The first 3,500 copies were bound in green and the remaining 1,500 in dark blue. " Jacket spine and inside front flap now say "Fourth Printing" The title page now states: "How More Than Eight Thousand Men And Women Have Recovered From Alcoholism"." Verso of title page, line 3 changes the box number from "657" to "658" Verso of title page adds the line "Fourth Printing, March 1943" Page vii, lines 1-2: "six thousand" changed to read "eight thousand" Page 25, line 28: add the footnote about "200 localities" " Page 27, line 2: "hundreds of men" becomes " thousands of men and women" Page 59, line 25: footnote referencing Appendix II added" Page 152, line 2: "have there been" becomes "has there been" Page 152, line 22: "the bank were doing" becomes "the bank was doing" Page 168, line 3: "six years ago" becomes "eight years ago" Page 178, line 32: "Six Thousand" becomes "Eight Thousand" Page 391, title: changed to "NOW WE ARE EIGHT THOUSAND. / JUNE, 1943" Page 391, line 24: "religious content" becomes "spiritual content" Page 393, line 12: "8,000 members" becomes "10,000 members" Page 398, second paragraph now reads (with deletions noted in [brackets] and additions underlined):This volume is published by [the] Works Publishing Inc., originally organized and financed [mostly] by small subscriptions [by] from our older members. These subscribers, forty-nine in all, have since donated their entire interest in Works Publishing Inc. to The Alcoholic Foundation, thereby giving the Foundation complete ownership and control of this book." Page 398, line 16: add comma after "book" and "please" before "send" " Page 398, line 18: "Works Publishing Company" becomes "Works Publishing Inc." With the original dust jacket that is quite worn and has been mended rather rear covers and frontrear fly leafs stamped with former owner's information (Warren M. Cornell Hatboro, PA.) in red ink. Otherwise, a clean, tight and unmarked copy. PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Bookseller Inventory # 358

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Wilson, Bill

Published by Alcoholics Anonymous Publishing, Inc., New York (1957)

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Item Description: Alcoholics Anonymous Publishing, Inc., New York, 1957. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good. Dust Jacket Condition: No dust jacket. 1st Edition. 8vo. Numerous b/w photographs. 335 pp. Black cloth backed, over royal blue paper covered boards. Gilt lettering to spine. Head lightly bumped; heel lightly bumped and rubbed; production flaw to front hinge at top; preliminaries lightly foxed and toned. Interior mostly very clean, with light foxing to a couple of pages near photographic gallery. Housed in a leather backed, blue cloth covered clamshell box in very good condition. FIRST EDITION. Signed and inscribed by the author. Inscribed by author. Bookseller Inventory # 45700

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Alcoholics Anonymous) SIGNED by Bill W.

Published by Alcoholics Anonymous Publishing Co., New York (1955)

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Item Description: Alcoholics Anonymous Publishing Co., New York, 1955. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good++. SIGNED "BILL" BY BILL W, INSCRIBED AND DATED IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION ALL IN BILL'S HAND. A Very Good++ hardback hardback Second Edition First Printing First Issue (with "realy" on p. xx, line 6 and "6000 groups" on p. 16) with mild spotting eps., minimal cover edge wear. No extraneous writing or markings. in a Very Good original Dust Jacket with edge wear, sun spine, .5" by 1.5" chip crown of dj spine. No lettering affected. Tape on dj verso. 8vo. xxx, 575 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 44504

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WILSON, Bill].

Published by Works Publishing Company, New York City (1942)

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Item Description: Works Publishing Company, New York City, 1942. FIRST EDITION, THIRD PRINTING. Half-title + TP + v-viii + half-title + 1-400, large Octavo. First Edition, Third Printing (Green Binding)The third printing had a press run of 5,000 copies. FIRST EDITION, THIRD PRINTING ISSUE POINTS:" Jacket spine and inside front flap now say "Third Printing" Binding color is changed to green although some copies were also bound in light blue covers - variously described in the trades as "sky blue" or "robin's egg blue" " Reduced in thickness by 1/8" and height by 1/16' " The title page now states: "How More Than Six Thousand Men And Women Have Recovered From Alcoholism"." Verso of title page adds the line "Third Printing, June 1942" Page vii, lines 1-2: "two thousand" changed to read "six thousand" Page 25, line 24: "five hundred of us" becomes "one thousand of us" Page 27, line 2: "one hundred men" becomes "hundreds of men" Page 264, line 20: add sentence reading "It is now five years since I've had a drink." Page 281, lines 9-10: "past nine months" becomes "past four years" Page 391, title line: "Now We Are Two Thousand" becomes "Now We Are Six Thousand" Page 392, line 20: "3000 communications" becomes "12,000 communications" Page 393, line 6: "twenty" becomes "sixty" " Page 393, line 13: "5000 members by January 1st, 1941" becomes "8000 members by January 1st, 1943" Page 393, line 24: "9 active groups totaling 500" becomes "25 active groups totaling 1000" Page 393, line 26: "1000 additional individuals" becomes "2000 additional individuals" Page 398, line 3: "touching" becomes "touching nationally" Original dust jacket with two large chunks missing - a section 1" x 5" on upper front cover and another 1½" to 3" along the bottom of the spine. Front flap of dust jacket also missing. With assorted other nicks and tears. Bound the green binding. Internally, amazingly clean and unmarked. Aside from the very worn (but clearly authentic) dust , this is a really lovely and all but untouched copy of this scarce printing of the Big Book. PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Bookseller Inventory # 357

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Bill Wilson

Published by Alcoholics Anonymous Publishing, Inc., New York (1957)

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Item Description: Alcoholics Anonymous Publishing, Inc., New York, 1957. First edition. First edition, stated, Very good or better in a very good unclipped first issue dust jacket, with the price of $4.00 on the upper front flap, and the code of 7825A on the lower rear flap. This copy inscribed, signed and dated 10/16/ 57 by Bill Wilson in his distinctive, instantly recognizable hand on the front free endpaper. A library pocket and card on the rear endpaper, although unmarked and apparently uncirculated, and in all truth a minor blemish which does not diminish from the attractive and desirable qualities of this copy. First printings of this book, signed and dated in the year (and what might be the month) of publication are quite rare. Bookseller Inventory # 0000427

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Published by works publishing company (1941)

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Item Description: works publishing company, 1941. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. A Good Plus copy of the scarce first edition/second printing of the BIG Book. Most of the spine gilt is still present. Some rubbing the the boards and soiling to the page edges. Contents clean an tight with no names, writing or bookplates. The book is housed in a reproduction dj. Quite Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-8495003072

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Alcoholics Anonymous FIRST UK EDITION IN DJ

Published by The World's Work Ltd, England (1954)

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Item Description: The World's Work Ltd, England, 1954. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. "Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism". London: Distributed by The World¿s Work [.] on behalf of Alcoholics Anonymous Publishing, Inc., New York and Alanon Publications BM/Found. London WC 1, no date (c. 1954). Copyright page has: "Printed and Bound in England by Hazell Watson and Viney Ltd Aylesbury and Slough". Dimensions: 8 3/8" by 5 3/4". Blue cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine and blind-stamped title on front board. viii, [ii], 400 pages. With original dust wrapper. Condition: Stunning! binding tight, slight browning to endpapers. Internally pages clean and white. Owner¿s signature, ink number and contemporary bookseller¿s rubber stamp on front endpaper. Cloth covers very clean, corners still sharp. Some light spotting to top page edges. Insignificant pen mark on fore page edges. Original dust wrapper has a small 3/4" and 3/8" chip at head , 3/8" and 1/4" chips and tiny closed tears at tail of dust wrapper spine and corners. 1/2" tear in front panel. Some light rubbing at extremities now protected in archival mylar cover. The 1st printing of the Alcoholics Anonymous 'big book' in the USA was April 1939. Although AA had been in England since 1947 It was not until 1954 that they printed their own edition of the big book. The UK book has the same contents as the 1939 American edition other than the printing/publishing info on the title page/copyright page and note on page vii pertaining to the re-publishing in the 'sterling area' IE: UK. This is the rare 1954 first edition as later editions listed the edition numbers on the copyright page. Bookseller Inventory # 22359

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Published by Works Publishing Company, New York (1943)

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Item Description: Works Publishing Company, New York, 1943. Hardcover. First Edition. Fourth printing, March, 1943 (first printing was in 1939). Tall octavo, in the second issue binding of blue cloth. Yellowing and mild speckling to page edges; text paper lightly toned; some light tanning to margins of endpapers from binding materials; a few very light spots to front cover; else a fine copy, spine gilt clear and not flaked, no owner names nor text marks. ORIGINAL DUST JACKET: head of spine has rubbing, short tears internally mended, and a shallow chip across half the spine; white panel on spine has some soiling; long scratches to spine and front panel; some edge tears; moderate rubbing to front flap fold and spine fold; small chips to outer corners, lower edge of rear panel; bit of darkening to rear flap fold and upper margin of rear panel; in all, just good, but lacking nothing of consequence. There were 5000 copies of this fourth printing, of which 3500 were first bound in green cloth, the remaining 1500 in this blue cloth. Quite scarce today in the original jacket. The main AA textbook, and one of the more important books of the 20th century. Bookseller Inventory # 41294

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Alcoholics Anonymous) SIGNED by Bill Wilson.

Published by Works Publishing, New York (1947)

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Item Description: Works Publishing, New York, 1947. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. SIGNED, INSCRIBED AND DATED BY BILL WILSON signing with his full name. A Very Good+ hardback First Edition Eleventh Printing with mild cover edge wear, spotting edges, scuffs. Writing rfeps. 8vo. viii, 400 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 45225

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Wilson, Bill - Alcoholics Anonymous

Published by Works Publishing Inc., New York (1947)

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From: Rare Book Cellar (Pomona, NY, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Works Publishing Inc., New York, 1947. Hardcover. First Edition; Eleventh Printing. Very Good in a Good dust jacket. Chips and tears to jacket. Ink stamp to front pastedown. Small stain to page edges. Blemish to boards at front panel. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 72908

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Richard Rogers Peabody

Published by Little, Brown and Company (1931)

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Item Description: Little, Brown and Company, 1931. Hardcover. Book Condition: Collectible: Acceptable. First Edition 1st Printing. First Printing of the First Edition. Fair (2 of 10) There is rub-through to the corners. rubbing to corners, shelf wear, chips to spine ends/corners. Vintage bookplate inside cover. minor dampstain to top & rear corner. 191 pages. There is a vintage store sticker on the fly from a previous seller in Boston Mass. Textblock firm. 1931 in title page, Published April, 1931 on copyright page. Bagged for protection. * * * * * {Any images shown next to the listing that have our 'aCastleofBooks' watermark on them are the exact item you will receive, all other images are for reference only. Free delivery confirmation for domestic orders. Books with Author signatures are guaranteed authentic. We understand collectors needs in terms of accurate grading and proper packaging. We stand behind our descriptions 100%. May have small easily erasable pencil markings on first page. All items will be shipped securely to insure that they arrive in exactly the same condition in which they left. Our Packing Slips do not contain any pricing information so you may order items as Gifts or for Dropship without concern. All items subject to prior sale.}. Bookseller Inventory # 021534

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Bill Wilson, Et Al)

Published by Works Publishing Company, N Y (1942)

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Item Description: Works Publishing Company, N Y, 1942. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-. First Edition; Third Printing. Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 400 pages; In 8s (9 x 6 in. ; 229 x 152 mm). Orig blue cloth; moderately scuffed & spotted, areas of spine discolored & affected by damp, original d/j (chipped along spine, slightly dusty, dampstaining & dampwrinkling to spine - small losses to design elements). Some dampstaining to top & bottom edges, to top & bottom endpaper gutters and joining areas & touching corners of d/j inner upper flaps, front edge of back matter just slightly affected by damp. 1st ed 3rd ptg with all points. Third Printing is on DJ spine and front flap. TP states, ". How More Than Six Thousand Men And Women Have Recovered From Alcoholism". One of 5000 copies in the 3rd ptg. ; 0. Bookseller Inventory # 34613

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Bill W., Dr. Karl N. Menninger, Dr. William W. Bauer, Dr. E. M. Jellinek, Adele E. Streeseman MD, Ernest C. Manning (Premier Alberta, Canada), Reinhold Niebuhr, Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick, Dr. Ruth Fox, Senator Margaret Chase Smith, Aldous Huxley, et al

Published by AA Grapevine, Inc., New York?

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Item Description: AA Grapevine, Inc., New York?. Nicely Inscribed and Signed by Bill Wilson in his distinctive hand with ink on the fep as follows: To Chris and Stan- My treasured friends and fellow travelers on the road to destiny- In affection, Bill Wilson Detroit 8/16/60; No publication date given although stated First Printing; Pale green buckram, black & white titles, & black & white illustrations through-out the text; A good copy with moderate 1" stain & slight bow to cover; 111 pages. Size: 8.5"x11". Bookseller Inventory # KDM3613

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Richard Rogers Peabody

Published by Little, Brown and Company

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Item Description: Little, Brown and Company. Book Condition: Fair. Boston: Little, Brown, 1931. 1st Edition. xvi+191+[1]pp. Small octavo. Printed decorative red cloth with black spine & front lettering, gilt device and horizontal gilt rules to the front cover. Slight staining to the rear board, else a VG, lightly marked Inquire if you need further information. Gach. Bookseller Inventory # P04A-wqba5726n

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Published by works publishing company (1943)

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Item Description: works publishing company, 1943. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. A First Edition/Fourth Printing in scarce Blue Binding (one of only 1500cc)! Most of the fourth printings were published in a green binding. A Good copy with wear to the boards and spine lettering faded as usual. Two brief inscriptions on the ffep and front endpaper. One states "To Fritz S from his mother. November 1943". Appears that the flaps may have been pasted to front/rear end sheets. Binding is very strong and text block solid. Quite Scarce!. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-6861457795

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Published by Works Publishing Inc, NY (1944)

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Item Description: Works Publishing Inc, NY, 1944. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good Previous Owners Nam. 1st Edition 5th Printing. bound in blue cloth boards, some very slight soil to the front cover, also three light marks on the spine. Bookseller Inventory # 045189

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Alcoholics Anonymous (Bill Wilson et al)

Published by New York: Works Publishing, 1950 (Alcoholics Anonymous) (1950)

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Item Description: New York: Works Publishing, 1950 (Alcoholics Anonymous), 1950. Black Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine Jacket. First Edition, Thirteenth Printing. Thirteenth Printing of the First edition (with minor changes). Crisp, immaculate, almost as new copy, tiny bump to lower front corner, tiny bumps to spine top and bottom. Jacket has a few tiny rubs with loss of color, including a few thin vertical rubs along center of spine, possibly during shipment or storage, as these do not appear to be due to usage, otherwise bright and about as new. An unusually bright copy. With apparently contemporary ephemera laid in, a 7" x 5" sheet of stiff paper with the poem entitled "The Man in the Glass," which has a 1/8" spot in center, otherwise crisp. Bookseller Inventory # 000147

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Published by Works Publishing (1946)

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Item Description: Works Publishing, 1946. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. First edition, 9th printing of the Alcoholics Anonymous book. Blue boards in good++ condition. The gilt lettering on the top of the book spine is wearing off with only the "lcho" and the "Anonym" legible. Interior pages are clean and unmarked. Dust jacket is in fair+ condition. It shows chips along the lower and upper edges with the heaviest wear along the top. There closed tears along the top and one small piece of the spine missing. It is approximately 1/2 from the top and 1/2 in size and shape. Evidence of yellowing and aging. Dust jacket should be considered fragile. We have it in a protective mylar cover. We can send photos is there any question about the condition of either the book or the jacket. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-8248406874

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