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The Old Man and the Sea. by  Ernest Hemingway - First Edition - 1952 - from Raptis Rare Books and Biblio.com

The Old Man and the Sea.

by Hemingway, Ernest

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New York: Charles Scribner's & Sons, 1952. First edition of Hemingway's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and one of his most famous works. Octavo, original blue cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Hood, with all the best wishes from an old stockholder, Ernest Hemingway, Havana 1953." The recipient, Clifford Hood, was a close friend and fishing buddy of Hemingway and was the CEO for the United States Steel Corporation. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. The back of dust jacket looks to have small blood stain on it, which was reportedly from a cut on Ernest's finger, which was still bleeding when he signed the book. Photograph of Hemingway by Lee Samuels. Signed first editions of this work are scarce, association copies are rare. Upon its publication in 1952 by Charles Scribner's Sons, The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction the following year and was cited by the Nobel Committee as contributing to the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Hemingway in 1954. The novel reinvigorated Hemingway's literary reputation. It initiated a reexamination of his entire body of work. The novel was received with such alacrity, that it restored many readers' confidence in Hemingway's capability as an author. Indeed, the publisher even wrote on an early dust jacket, calling the novel a "new classic," and it was compared by many critics to such revered works as William Faulkner's "The Bear" and Herman Melville's Moby-Dick.

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.


  • Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 107827
  • Title: The Old Man and the Sea.
  • Author: Hemingway, Ernest
  • Book condition: Used
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner's & Sons
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1952
  • Keywords: Ernest Hemingway First Edition, Old Man and the Sea First Edition


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On Mar 6 2014, said:
  "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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