Ed Webster, well known as the author of The Little Red Book: An Interpretation Of The Twelve Steps of the Alcoholics Anonymous Program, got sober in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on December 13th, 1941. He and Barry Collins formed their own publishing company, called Coll-Webb Co. which distributed The Little Red Book and other books to members of AA until Ed’s death in 1971.
Here are some amazing pieces of AA’s history that have helped countless members of Alcoholics Anonymous and continue to do so today.
An Interpretation Of The Twelve Steps of the Alcoholics Anonymous Program:
An Interpretation Of The Twelve Steps of the Alcoholics Anonymous Program. Besides the AA Big Book, this was the very first and only other book published at the time that was about the AA program. The books first printing was released in 1946. This book gained popularity in the AA community and took on the nickname “The Little Red Book”.
The book was printed by Coll-Webb Company. At the time of publication of the first printing, there was an error on the title page with the wrong P.O. Box number printed and all were crossed out with pen and the correct P.O. Box number was handwritten on the page.
The book was nicknamed “The Little Red Book,” and eventually adopted that name in later printings of the book which started in 1949.
Stools and Bottles:
Stools and Bottles: Daily Thoughts and Meditations for A. A. Members. This book was first published in 1955 by the Coll-Webb Co.
Penetrating insights into the first four Steps from a well-known A.A. talk. The author (Ed Webster, E.A.W.), describes a three-legged stool, the legs of which represents Steps One, Two, and Three. An excellent aid to the daily application of the A.A. program. An all-time classic!
Bar Room Reveries:
This is the extremely rare book which Ed Webster published in 1958 called Bar Room Reveries. The book was published by Coll-Webb Company.
There were only one thousand copies of it printed in 1958. This is a book of jokes, which was not well received in many A.A. circles, so the book was never reprinted. Many A.A. historians are not even aware of its existence.
Our Devilish Alcoholic Personalities
Our Devilish Alcoholic Personalities was first published in 1970, just one year before Ed Webster passed away. This copy is the Hazelden Printing of this book from 1975.