Lot 29 of 338:
18 Printings from AA Big Book's 2nd & 3rd Editions  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$360
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Eighteen Second & Third Edition Alcoholics Anonymous big books - Various Printings

[Wilson, William (Bill W.)]

New York

Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

1955 [but 1960-77]


18 volumes. 21.5x15 cm (8½x6"), publisher’s original blue cloth, gilt lettered spines, blue jackets. Second & third editions.

Includes all printings of second edition and first two of third. Second editions in facsimile dust jackets except for third printing, third edition second printing in original jacket.


  • 1st printing of second edition with misspelling of "really" on line 5 of page xx.
  • 2nd printing which corrects spelling but has no printing desgination on copyright page.
  • 3rd printing is identical to 2nd except the volume is slightly thicker. Also wrapped in dust jacket famously misprinted as "third edition" despite otherwise being identical to other second edition jackets.
  • 4th through 16th printings, all marked on copyright page.
  • 1st & 2nd printings of third edition in original dust jackets.

Lot Amendments
Includes all sixteen printings of the second edition. The third printing of the second edition has original dust jacket with famous misprint "Third Edition".

Original jackets have slight wear and loss to edges; some signs of wear to volumes; occasional cracked or tender hinges; foxing to edges of some textblocks; volumes range from very good to near fine.

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