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75th Anniversary Commemorative Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous and A Brief History of the Big Book

This Conference-approved special edition of Alcoholics Anonymous is a reproduction of the first printing of the first edition of the Big Book as it was published in 1939. A special booklet, titled “A Brief History of the Big Book,” in English, Spanish and French, will be included with all orders of this commemorative edition Big Book.

The book is priced at $12.

The official publication date of the first printing of our Big Book, as noted by the United States Copyright Office, was April 10, 1939. There were 4,730 books printed, with red cloth binding, wide columns, thick paper (which was why it was called the Big Book in the first place), and a red, yellow, black and white dust jacket, which came to be known as the “circus cover.”

To commemorate this historic printing—and the book’s 75th anniversary—the 2013 General Service Conference approved the creation of this facsimile edition, a faithful replica of the original, which was published in April 2014. This edition is published in the original English-language text only.

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