Lot 4 of 429:
Signed with inscription by Bill W.  

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Lot closed - Sold For:$10,200
Estimate:
$5,000 - $8,000

Title:
Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than Six Thousand Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism
Author:
[Wilson, William (Bill W.)]
Place:
New York
Publisher:
Works Publishing Co.
Date:
1942
Description:

viii, [2], 400 pp. 23x15 cm (9x6"), original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, original jacket. First Edition, Third printing.

Signed by the author with the inscription "To Dr. Lawrence Kolb - In grateful appreciation of his friendship - Bill Wilson 10/29/42". One of 5000 copies of this third print run, published in  June 1942.  Lawrence Kolb was the Assistant Surgeon General of the United States in 1942, and his primary professional focus was on the treatment of narcotics addicts.  Dr. Kolb was a friend of Bill Wilson and AA, and during a visit to the society in 1942 (when he was presented with this AA book?), he said, "I wish you well. Even the sobriety of a few is almost a miracle. The government knows that this is one of the greatest health problems but we have considered the recovery of alcoholics so impossible that we have given up and have instead concluded that rehabilitation of narcotic addicts would be the easier job to tackle."
 
Lot Amendments
Condition:
Some chips, tears and small creases to jacket; minuscule closed tear to cloth at head of spine, rubbing and soil to cloth; light foxing to endpapers and edges; very good in like jacket.
 
Item number:
305398
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