New York: Works Publishing Company, 1939.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Near Fine / Good. Item #002787
8vo (229 x 152 mm). viii, , 400 pp., including half title. Publisher's original red cloth with gilt-lettered spine and front cover, including the original first issue dust jacket (light rubbing and soiling of cloth, dust jacket with some paper restorations of former tears at spine and upper wrapper, jacket spine sunned). Internally with minor toning, lower edge and foot of fore-edge has mild dampstaining which however does not extend onto page margins; otherwise the text is clean, unfoxed and unmarked. Provenance: Bauman Rare Books (two sheets of description loosely inserted), Milva (dedication in pencil to Tom on first flyleaf). A near fine copy in sound binding and original dust jacket. ----
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING of the AA 'Big Book' in the original red cloth and jacket; one of the most influential and important books of the twentieth century, changing millions of lives through its revered methods of self-treatment and helping alcoholics survive their confrontation with the 'demon rum.' With 'Copyright, April, 1939' on the copyright page. Only 4,650 copies were printed of this highly desirable first printing, few have survived in such condition, rarely seen in the original dust jacket. Alcoholics Anonymous is one of the best-selling books of all time, having sold 30 million copies. In 2011, Time magazine placed the book on its list of the 100 best and most influential books written in English since 1923, the beginning of the magazine. In 2012, the Library of Congress designated it as one of 88 "Books that Shaped America." (ref. Alcoholics Anonymous website) - Visit our website for additional images and information. 1st Printing.
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