Alcoholics Anonymous [first edition]
Alcoholics Anonymous New York: Works Publishing Company, 1939. No author attributed. Hardback 8vo; first edition, first issue. Pp i-vii, 1-400. Red cloth, gilt script lettering to spine and front board. No dust jacket. Condition: Good. Spine, boards and corners rubbed, some fraying to head, tail and corners; light soiling to boards with what appears to be pencil coloring of “al” and “no” to front board; two gift inscriptions in ink, one to front pastedown, other to ffep; one previous owner stamp to front pastedown; gutter split between blank and half-title page. Scarce. $8,000.
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.' Only 4,650 copies were printed of this highly sought first printing.
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