The good news is that the printing problems do seem to be solved in this second printing. I have a number of other thick books with high page counts, and this one doesn't stand out for having markedly thinner pages or more bleed through.
The binding, on the other hand, was an intense disappointment. The cover cracked at the spine hinge the very first time I opened the book. I've never seen that on a brand new book before. It usually takes 30 years for the materials to get brittle enough to lead to this.
I could get a replacement, but it would likely end the same way, so I guess I'm going with tape.