Last October 12 saw the attainment of a significant milestone - the 30th anniversary of the first publication in 1955 of The URANTIA Book. By the end of this 30th anniversary year (i.e., 1985) more than 143,000 copies of the original English version of The URANTIA Book will have been sold and distributed since its initial publication. Figures for the sale and distribution of the French translation of The URANTIA Book (titled Le Livre d'URANTIA), since its first publication in 1961, will reach a total of almost 17,000 copies at the conclusion of this year. Thus, by year's end, the combined total ofall copies of The URANTIA Book sold and distributed since 1955 will be about 160,000 books.
Historically, it is interesting to note that during the first half of this 30-year period (or until the end of 1970) about 18,000 copies of The URANTIA Book (English version) were sold and distributed, while in the second half of this 30-year period, more than 125,000 copies of the English version were sold and distributed. Yet another intriguing fact is that it is within the last ten years that almost two thirds of all copies of the English version have been sold and distributed.
While we do not have complete figures for the month of December, it is possible to state that distribution for the English version and the French translation of The URANTIA Book will reach nearly 10,000 copies this year. Distribution for The URANTIA Book will exceed 8,000 copies, while that for Le Livre d'URANTIA will be somewhat less than 2,000 copies.
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