Product review for Alcoholics Anonymous: 1938 Multilith Edition
2016 Reprint of 1938 Edition. In 1938, prior to the publication of the First Edition of "Alcoholics Anonymous," 4 hundred copies of a preliminary version (which assured a book to follow when it was lastly published) were published and sent out by Bill Wilson and also Hank Parkhurst. The cost of printing the 4 hundred duplicates was one hundred sixty-five bucks. Each was about 85 pages, spiral bound. A number were sent to participants, physicians, clergy and various other good friends of the motion for their comments, objection, and assessment. The balance of the copies were offered to individuals that had actually ordered the book before final printing. There was no notification of copyright nor notice of the multilith being a testimonial or funding duplicate. As the multilithed printing was released, sold and distributed to the general public without these notifications, according to the Copyright Act of 1909, it as well as all subsequent printings were permanently in the public domain name.
The initial manuscripts are really unusual today, possibly less than fifty are still out there. There were obviously two different printings, with either 21 or 22 tales. One had anapparent typo on the title page, an apostrophe in the word ALCOHOLIC'S.
By the end of January 1939, all the adjustments, modifications, objections, and examinations had been achieved, the remainder of the personal tales were ended up, bringing the overall to twenty-nine, and also the huge book first version of the "Big Books" prepared to be published. It rolled off the presses in early April, 1939.– Citation from: http://www.barefootsworld.net/aaorigmanuscript.html