Lot 18 of 338:
Alcoholics Anonymous 1st Edition 7th Printing  

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Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than Fourteen Thousand Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism

[Wilson, William (Bill W.)]

New York

Works Publishing Co.

[January], 1945


viii, [2], 400 pp. 23.5x16 cm (9¼x6¼"), original dark blue cloth, title blindstamped on cover, spine lettered in gilt. First Edition, seventh printing.

Inscribed on half-title: "James Wilson, One Day at a Time". In facsimile dust jacket. Considered the most difficult printing to find of all the AA Big Books published. It was the last to be issued in a print run of 5000 and in the larger size format. However, since the next print run was only one month later, which up until this time had previously not been done for the AA Big Book, it is believed only 1000 to 1500 copies were printed because the publisher likel ran out of materials due to the wartime efforts / paper shortages (also a reason for the change to the smaller format for subsequent printings). The next printing increased to 20,000. There is an alternative story circulated that most copies of this seventh printing were lost in the Atlantic Ocean when a ship transporting AA books to troops in Europe had sunk. This scenario is unsubstantiated and likely the materials shortage is the reason for the scarcity. Copies rarely show up on market.

Lot Amendments

Small scuffs to cloth, light rubbing to ends of spine and corners of boards; faint dampstain to top corner edge of textblock; clean throughout; near fine.

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