Alcoholics Anonymous First Edition, First Printing 1939 (Big Book)
NY: Works Publishing Company, April 1939, Hardcover 400pp.
SIGNED by both co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson (His Full Name), Dr. Bob Smith, who also signed his wife's name Anne,
"Bill Wilson Anne & Dr Robert Smith", Sybil Corwin, and Rex Fisk.
INSCRIBED by Sybil Corwin (1908-1998).
Sybil was the first woman to enter A.A. west of the Mississippi. Her sobriety date was March 21, 1941. Sybil was also the first executive secretary of the Los Angeles central office of A.A., a position she held for twelve years. An excerpt from "Sybil C.", by Nancy O., portrays some of her many accomplishments: "Sybil was honored at the International A.A. Convention in Montreal in 1985. She was then the longest-sober living woman in A.A. When she was introduced to the 50,000 attendees from fifty-three countries, she told the colorful story of A.A.'s beginning in Los Angeles, in which she had played such a vital role. When she finished her talk, the audience rose to its feet as one and gave her a standing ovation which continued so long that some thought it would never stop." (source: "Sybil C.", by Nancy O., http://www.barefootsworld.net/aasybilc.html for full article).
INSCRIBED by Rex Fisk "To my son Myron Harold Fisk whose present address is 14982 Pacific Ave. Compton California I will this book, His Father Rex Glenn Fisk"
From the February, 1960 GSO Directory, Rex Fisk served as secretary for a Compton, CA Group with the same address in the book 416 Lime Ave. Compton, CA.
Rex passed in 1963.
Lived in Southern CA until his job transferred him to Toledo, OH where he got sober August 15, 1940 and helped start A.A. there. Dr Bob was his sponsor. Duke moved back to
Southern CA in 1959 and also
served as secretary for the "Hole in the Ground".
Duke passed with close to 60 years of sobriety.
It appears that this book was passed around among early members of the "Hole in the Ground"
6909 S. Rugby Ave. Hall (Rear Entrance) Huntington Park, CA 90255.
Book is in Good ++ condition and has been professionally restored to help preserve and keep the book tight. All materials used are archival approved.
No marks or writing to pages other than inscriptions. Pages 221 to 232 have been removed. The title page has a removable acid free cover to protect Bill and Bob's signatures.
Comes with a new reproduction Dust jacket and a Hand Crafted, Archival, Acid Free, Protective and Decorative Display Box.
This is a VERY RARE book !
I only know of one other First Edition First Printing Big Book Signed by both Co-founders, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith.
This is a great opportunity and price to include one of the most Rare of A.A. books to your Personal or Archival Collection.
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