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The Old Man and the Sea  [First Printing] by  Ernest Hemingway - Signed First Edition - 1952 - from BiblioStax and

The Old Man and the Sea [First Printing]

by Hemingway, Ernest

Condition: Good/Good

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. First printing in original jacket. Scribner's "A" and seal at copyright page. Ernest Kirschten is signed inside cover in pencil. Interestingly, his stylish signature is very similar to Hemingway's, and quite possibly as it appears, actually from Hemingway's own hand as this was an early issuing of the first printing for review. Sea blue full cloth boards, Hemingway's signature blind-stamped at front board, silver spine titles, moderate shelf wear, toning, spine rub. Pages generally very good; several w/corner crease, brief pencilling. Bind fine; hinges intact. Dust wrapper moderate edge wear, rub; unclipped 3.00, protected in new clear sleeve. "Jacket design by 'A'" at front flap. Good true first edition in near very good wrapper. The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, "The Old Man and the Sea" has proved itself to be an enduring work of American fiction. Celebrated in twentieth century fiction and in Hemingway's canon, reaffirming his worldwide literary prominence and significant in his selection for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. The story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss, and transforms them into a magnificent classic. Ernest H. Kirschten, was a veteran reporter and editorial writer for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Mr. Kirschten wrote a history of St. Louis entitled "Catfish and Crystal" published by Doubleday & Co. in 1960. His editorials for The Post-Dispatch on smog or 'smoke control' in 1939 won a Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Kirschten published a review of The Old Man and The Sea on September 7, 1952, a day before its release. It appears this very book was read for the review as there are several short dog ear creases and lightly pencilled underscore, bracketing towards middle and latter pages. 5 3/4" x 8 1/4" design. Printed in the United States of America. 140 pages. Insured post. . First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book.

This novella, only 140 pages, was first printed in it's entirety in Life Magazine Sept 1st 1952, inspiring a buying frenzy selling over 5 million copies of the magazine in just 2 days. The story about an aging Cuban fisherman wrangling a large marlin in the gulf stream was written in 1951 in Cuba and published in 1952. In 1953 it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and led to Hemingway's nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Man's struggle against nature is the resounding theme throughout the book as Hemingway portrays Santiago's travails as an experienced fisherman facing a dry-spell of 85 days before finally wrangling a prized marlin. Hemingway also highlights the indomitable spirit of man while illustrating his ideal of manliness and character in the strong and determined fisherman facing danger and discomfort without complaint and with resolution, both in the days it takes Santiago to kill the marlin, and as he fights off the sharks that end up destroying his prized catch before he reaches the coast. Some say that Hemingway's tale is a reflection of his own determination to prove his writing career was not over, and the portrayal of the sharks may echo the critics who had been claiming for the ten years that his writing career, after the successful release of For Whom the Bell Tolls in 1940, was over. The book is dedicated "To Charlie Scribner And To Max Perkins," friends of Hemingway's that had passed away before the book came out. Max Perkins, who also edited F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, died in 1947 and Scribner, who was president of the publisher Charles Scribner's Sons, died in 1952. The last work published by Hemingway during his lifetime, signed first editions can sell upwards of $15,000 - $17,000. Read more: Identifying first editions of The Old Man and the Sea [First Printing]

  • Bookseller: BiblioStax US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 020163
  • Title: The Old Man and the Sea [First Printing]
  • Author: Hemingway, Ernest
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Good
  • Jacket condition: Good
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1952
  • Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall


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  "The Old Man and The Sea is an excellent novella for someone to read looking to get away from the troubles of life only to find that some troubles lead to the greatest reward of even though the reward is only a small amount."

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