Item #87348 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING 1939). William Wilson, Bill W.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING 1939)
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING 1939)
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING 1939)
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING 1939)
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING 1939)
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING 1939)
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING 1939)
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING 1939)
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING 1939)
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING 1939)
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING 1939)
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING 1939)
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING 1939)

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING 1939)

New York: Works Publishing, 1939. First Printing. Hardcover. True First Edition, First Printing of the monumental, deeply significant text studied and embraced by untold numbers of individuals worldwide. It is arguably (and testimonials echo this) one of the most universe-changing texts to have come out of the twentieth-century. The 12-step method, which grew out of the Oxford Group but crystalized into formal existence by Bill W. Dr. Bob and others, offered a proven method of achieving sobriety with the help of a spiritually-based, yet reality-tested method of supportive and supported sponsorship. In the scheme of life, with its plentitude of sufferings in and amongst all of the bounty, Alcoholics Anonymous stands as some of the most powerful "forces" to have come along for the betterment of mankind. Call it "Medicine", call it what you will,
this "Big Red Book" often stands next to the other important Book in unfathomable importance, on the shelf in so many households throughout the world.

Ironically, judging from its superb condition, our remarkably clean copy may originally have belonged to someone who, for whatever reasons, didn't use it much. The majority of copies of this first printing, is often found with handwritten marginal notes, underlining, etc., as it worked its magic and its inspired story-based text spoke personally to those who suffered the disease of alcoholism.

This copy is extraordinarily clean, no writing or marks anywhere - not even a name with last-name initial.

Three very lightly-nudged corners, and one bumped corner as it probably fell to the floor, bumping as well, the bottom right edge of the spine.A wee bit of fading to gilt lettering ("Works Publishing", etc.) at bottom of spine. a folded-over corner on page 71-72, and the ghost of a dog-ear to the leaf following 73-74. Some spotting to both front and rear pastedown endpapers, and top/bottom edges. Light age-toning to text-block throughout. (The authors sought the cheapest grade of paper in order to afford bringing the book to publication).

You who know what this book is, know just what this book means, how historically important it is, and perhaps how deeply significant it has been as the text whose ideas have served to turn around and confer hope to countless humans whose lives had reached
rock bottom. In thirty years in the book business, we have seen a few copies of the "Big Red Book" but have never come across as bright or sweet a copy as this one. Why?

Because the overall condition of this copy of the first printing of the first edition of Alcoholics Anonymous suggests that it spent much of its life protected within a custom-crafted clamshell case, velvet lined, created by Asprey of London, a company founded in 1781 as a silk printing business. The company is world-renowned for their luxury goods, including a line of incomparably stunning (and embarrassingly expensive!) custom cases and boxes of all kinds for the luxury trade.

NOTE: Wrapped in a reproduction dustjacket for collecting completeness and protection only. The chance of encountering a first issue dustjacket in unrestored condition may perhaps be likened to winning a multi-million dollar state megabucks. In a facsimile dustjacket, so called the "Circus" dustjacket because of its bright red, yellow, black and white design. It is included because it's so strikingly beautiful. Very Good Plus in Fine Leather and Velvet Custom Presentation Box. Item #87348

The Asprey company was originally founded as a silk printing business by William Asprey in 1781. Based from a shop in Mitcham, Surrey, William and his son Charles (I) soon started to retail luxury goods.This particular black leather case has done an superior job of protecting this beautiful treasure. The red is deep red, the gilt to the front board is still bright after more than 85 years. (We wrote the Asprey Company seeking any records or provenance of this particular case, and they no longer had any records of its manufacture, which lends more credence to the box being manufactured in the early 1940's.).

Price: $25,000.00

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