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The Old Man and The Sea

By Hemingway, Ernest




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.

First edition identification and notes

First edition print run was 50,000 copies by Charles Scribner's Sons; New York. First edition points include the Scribner "A" and colophon on the copyright page, the publisher's pale blue cloth with Hemingway's autograph stamped in blind on the upper cover & the spine lettered in silver. There should be no mention of the Pulitzer or Nobel Prize, or an ISBN number. On the inside flap of the blue-tinted dust jacket the original price of $3.00 should be listed. There are two variations of the first edition dust jacket. One has a blue tinted photo of Hemingway, and the other has an olive tinted photo; one is not thought to be better or more valuable than the other.

Other collectible or notable editions

Published around the same time as the true first edition, the Book of the Month Club editions can confuse collectors as the copyright page for each edition states “1952”. Likewise, the Book of the Month club edition also includes the “A” under the copyright information; however, the Scribner seal is not present and there is information about the printer on the bottom of the copyright page that isn’t included with the first edition. Other Book of the Month Club edition signs are an absent $3.00 price sticker on the front flap of the dust jacket, and a “Book of the Month” stamped on the top back of the dust flap. Still noteworthy collectible for collectors on a tighter budget, they typically sell for a couple hundred dollars.


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The Old Man and the Sea.

HEMINGWAY, Ernest.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons,, 1952. Octavo. Original light blue calico-grain cloth, spine lettered in silver, author's name to front board in blind. With the pictorial dust jacket. Housed in a blue half morocco folding case. Bookplate removed from front free endpaper. A fine copy, the cloth bright and fresh, in the near-fine, lightly tanned dust jacket. First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "With best wishes Ernest Hemingway Key West 1957".

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Price: £ 32,500.00
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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1952 First Edition authentically SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by Ernest Hemingway on the front endpaper. Includes a letter of provenance. This ORIGINAL dustjacket is vibrant in color with NO chips or pieces missing. The book is bound in the publisher's blue cloth with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing or marks in the book. A wonderful association copy of the early edition SIGNED by Ernest Hemingway. Beware of forgeries out there. See our website to learn more about genuine Hemingway signatures.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $22,500.00


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The Old Man and the Sea.

Hemingway, Ernest

New York: Charles Scribner's & Sons, 1952. First edition, early printing of Hemingway's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and one of his most famous works. Octavo, original blue cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Ernest Hemingway on the half-title page in the year he received the Nobel Prize in Literature, "For Adele Ervin with sincere good wishes Ernest Hemingway Finca Vig'ia 1954." Finca Vig'ia was Hemingway's home in the San Francisco de Paula Ward in Havana, Cuba. He purchased the property in 1940 at the request of his third wife Martha Gellhorn who had become tired of the small room he was renting at the Hotel Ambos Mundos. It was at Finca Vig'ia that Hemingway wrote much of For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea in its entirety. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, most rare and desirable signed and inscribed. Written in Cuba in 1951 and published the following year, The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and cited by the Nobel Committee as as contributing to their awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Hemingway in 1954. The novel reinvigorated Hemingway's literary reputation, initiated a reexamination of his entire body of work, and was received with such alacrity that it restored many readers' confidence in Hemingway's capability as an author. "In its own terms the book is as nearly faultless as any short novel of our times. The writing has the quality of being familiar and yet perpetually new. That is the essence of classical prose" (Malcom Cowley, New York Herald Tribune). "In the Old man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway has returned to the stripped, lean, objective narrative so characteristic of him at his best...a story which is beautiful in its description, and of clean thrusting power in its pursuit" (Edward Weeks, The Atlantic). It was the basis for the 1958 film directed by John Sturges, with the screenplay by Peter Viertel, starring Spencer Tracy. Dimitri Tiomkin won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on the film. James Wong Howe was also nominated for best color cinematography. The same year, Tracy was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

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Price: $18,000.00


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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Scribner's, 1952 A fine first edition (Scribner's A on the copyright page) in a fine dust jacket, inscribed by Hemingway on the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom-made collector's clamshell case.. Inscribed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Price: $17,500.00


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The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway

First Edition authentically SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by Ernest Hemingway on the front endpaper. The ORIGINAL dustjacket is vibrant in color with NO chips or pieces missing with minor wear to the edges. 1954 reissue with reference to Nobel Prize. The book is bound in the publisher's blue cloth. The pages are clean.

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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Scribner's, 1952 A fine first edition (Scribner's A on the copyright page) in a fine dust jacket, inscribed by Hemingway on the front free endpaper. Previous owner's bookplate and small address sticker attached to front paste-down. Comes with a hand-written note of provenance from the recipient describing the background for the inscription. Housed in a custom-made collector's clamshell case.. Inscribed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Price: $15,500.00


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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Scribner, Scribner(s), 1952 First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Hemingway on a laid in check to a good friend. A stunning ORIGINAL dustjacket that is vibrant in color with no chips and only slight wear to the dustjacket. The book is in nice condition. The binding is tight with light wear to the boards. The pages are clean, with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a sharp copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING SIGNED by Ernest Hemingway housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation and presentation. We buy SIGNED Hemingway First Editions.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Price: $12,500.00


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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

First Edition, First Printing authentically INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Ernest Hemingway on a signature pasted to the front free endpaper. Includes a letter of authenticity from a leading authenticator that the signature is genuine. A beautiful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with the publisher's "A" and seal printed on the copyright page. This ORIGINAL dustjacket is rich in color with a hint of wear to the edges. This First Issue dustjacket has the $3.00 printed price on front flap with a picture of Hemingway on the back panel. The book is in excellent condition. The binding it tight with NO cocking or leaning with slight wear to the boards. The silver lettering on the spine of the book is present. The pages are clean with NO writing or marks in the book. A fabulous copy SIGNED by the author housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy SIGNED Hemingway First Editions..

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Price: $9,000.00


The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Scribner, Scribner(s), 1952 First Edition, First Printing. A spectacular dustjacket that is vibrant in color with no chips or fading to the dustjacket. This ORIGINAL dustjacket is seldom seen in this amazing shape. The book appears to be unread. The binding is tight and square, no leans, and the boards are sharp. The pages are fresh, with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a superb copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation and presentation. We buy Hemingway First Editions.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. As New/As New.

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Price: $7,500.00


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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1952 First Edition, First Printing with the publisher's "A" and Scribner Press seal printed on the copyright page. This ORIGINAL First Issue dustjacket is rich in color has the $3.00 publisher's printed price present on the front flap. The book is in great shape and is bound in the publisher's blue cloth. The binding is tight and the lettering on the spine is present. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO writing or marks in the book. A magnificent copy of this true first edition housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Price: $6,000.00


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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

London: Jonathan Cape Thirty Bedford Square, 1958. Reprint. 127 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Pale blue cloth. Fine in fine pictorial dust jacket. Reprint. 127 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Inscribed on flyleaf: "To Solange Doernie/ With all best wishes/ Ernest Hemingway"

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Price: $6,000.00


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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1952 First Edition, First Issue. A spectacular dustjacket that is vibrant in color with slight wear to the panels. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has NO chips or tears. The book is in amazing condition, with bright lettering on the spine without the normal rubbing. The binding is tight and the boards are crisp with a hint of wear to the edges. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. This book appears unread. A lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with the Scribner's "A" and Seal printed on the copyright page. A superb copy.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Price: $5,000.00


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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Charles Scribners Sons, New York, 1952 First Edition, First Printing with the Scribner's "A" and seal printed on the copyright page. A beautiful copy. This ORIGINAL price clipped dustjacket is rich in color with NO fading to the spine. This First Issue dustjacket has NO chips or tears. The book is in fabulous shape. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp. The pages are clean, with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a stunning copy of this true first edition in collector's condition.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Price: $4,500.00


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Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

London: Jonathan Cape, 1952. First British Edition. Near Fine. 127 pp. Advance uncorrected proof of the first British edition. Bound in publisher's brown wraps printed in black. Two-inch corner lacking from the front cover, not affecting text. Light lean to spine. Light foxing, toning to pages. A rare format of one of Hemingway's most beloved works and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, housed in a custom blue cloth and marbled chemise slipcase.

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Price: $4,500.00


The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1952. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. A beautiful first printing with Scribner's "A" and seal on the copyright page. The silver gilt spine lettering is very slightly rubbed and there is a tiny faint stain to top front board corner else as new. The jacket with $3.00 price in mylar is vibrant and as new, with the blue tint on back panel. This wonderful copy is housed in a custom clamshell case. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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Price: $4,249.99


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OLD MAN AND THE SEA

Hemingway Ernest

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. First edition first issue with the Scribner’s seal and the “A” on the copyright page. 8vo, publisher’s original pale blue cloth in the first issue illustrated dust-jacket with portrait of Hemingway on the back panel tinted in blue. 140 pp. A fine, clean, tight, handsome and well preserved copy. A very clean and crisp copy with fine dustjacket showing only a miniscule paper chip, unobtrusive and nearly imperceptible at the spine panel. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF WHAT IS ARGUABLY, THE AUTHOR’S MOST GREATEST WORK. Hemingway’s Nobel Prize winning novel and one of the most perfect works penned in the 20th century. Eric Linklater for the Broadsheet states, “Hemingway has written nothing so beautiful as this brief tale, and nowhere, I think has his vision of heroic scars of live been so surely realized... It is a little book in space but read it three times and it grows in the mind like an old story of one’s childhood: so certain it is, so satisfying are its pains and valiancy.”

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Price: $4,125.00


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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Scribner(s), 1952 First Edition, First Printing with Scribner's "A" and Seal printed on the copyright page. This original dustjacket is rich in color with slight wear to the edges. The book is wonderful shape. The binding is tight with light wear to the panels. The pages are clean with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a sharp copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with original First Printing dustjacket. WE BUY HEMINGWAY FIRST EDITIONS.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $3,750.00


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The Old Man and the Sea.

HEMINGWAY, Ernest.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons,, 1952. Octavo. Original light blue calico-grain cloth, spine lettered in silver, author's name to front board in blind. With the pictorial dust jacket. Spine and board edges a little browned, wear to head of spine, rubbing to extremities, a couple of marks to cloth, top edge dust toned; a very good copy in the bright, slightly cockled jacket with very neat tape repair to verso at ends of rear flap fold. First edition, first printing, in the first issue jacket, with the flaps printed in brown and no mention of Hemingway's Pulitzer or Nobel Prize to the rear panel. Previously, much has been made of the colour tint on the rear panel portrait by Lee Samuels. Grissom, however, refutes Hanneman's earlier assertion that the blue tinted photograph on the rear panel predates the olive tint, noting, "the identification of a first-printing jacket does not require identifying ambiguous rear-jacket colours: It is the brown printing on the flaps and rear panel that identify the first-printing Scribner's jacket". Hemingway's final work of fiction and among his best-known works, The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953, and was cited by the Nobel Committee in their awarding of Hemingway's Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.

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Price: £ 2,750.00
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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Charles Scribners Sons, New York, 1952 First Edition, First Printing with all the first issue points bound in the original publisher's cloth. An attractive copy of this First Issue dustjacket with minor wear to the spine and edges. The binding is tight and the boards are crisp with slight wear to the panels. The pages are clean with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A nice collectable copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with the Scribner's "A" and seal printed on the copyright page. Includes a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $3,500.00


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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1952 First Edition, First Printing with the Scribner' "A" and the publisher's Seal. A beautiful copy. This First Issue dustjacket is vibrant in color with minor wear to the spine. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has NO chips or pieces missing. The book is in great shape. The binding is tight with NO cocks or leans. The boards are crisp with light wear to the edges. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A sharp copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $3,250.00


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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Scribner, scribners, 1952 First Edition, First issue. A fantastic dustjacket with only the light discolorization to the flaps. Otherwise, this original unsophisticated dustjacket is in excellent shape. The blue tint is clear on the back panel and the price is present. The book is excellent shape with the silver lettering present on the spine with no wear. The pages are clean and there is no writing in the book. Overall, an ideal copy for collectors.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Price: $3,000.00


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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1952 First Edition, First Printing with Scribner's "A" and Seal printed on the copyright page. A nice clean jacket with the original price of $3.00. The jacket is complete, with some wear to the spine and the extremities. The book is tight, and the pages are clean. There is NO writing, marks, or bookplates in the book. Overall, a wonderful copy in collector's condition.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $2,750.00


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The Old Man and the Sea.

HEMINGWAY, Ernest.

New York: Charles Scribner's,, 1952. Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in dark blue morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards gilt, twin rule to turn-ins gilt, blue and green crescent patterned endpapers, gilt edges. A fine copy. First edition, first printing.

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The Old Man and the Sea.

HEMINGWAY, Ernest.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons,, 1952. Octavo. Original light blue calico-grain cloth, spine lettered in silver, author's name to front board in blind. With the pictorial dust jacket. Corners a trifle rubbed. A fine copy in the fine dust jacket, corners a touch rubbed, spine faintly darkened. First edition, first printing, in the first issue jacket, with the flaps printed in brown and no mention of Hemingway's Pulitzer or Nobel Prize to the rear panel. Previously, much has been made of the colour tint on the rear panel portrait by Lee Samuels. Grissom, however, refutes Hanneman's earlier assertion that the blue tinted photograph on the rear panel predates the olive tint, noting, "the identification of a first-printing jacket does not require identifying ambiguous rear-jacket colours: It is the brown printing on the flaps and rear panel that identify the first-printing Scribner's jacket". Hemingway's final work of fiction and among his best-known works, The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953, and was cited by the Nobel Committee in their awarding of Hemingway's Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.

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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1952 First Edition, First Printing with the publisher's "A" and seal printed on the copyright page. An attractive First Issue dustjacket that has slight wear near the top spine. Otherwise, this ORIGINAL price clipped dustjacket is rich in color with NO chips or tears. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight with some rubbing to the lettering on the spine with light wear to the edges. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy in collector's condition.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $2,600.00


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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1952 First Edition, First Printing. A wonderful copy. This ORIGINAL sophisticated dustjacket is rich in color with NO chips or tears. The book is in excellent condition with the silver lettering present on the spine. The binding is tight and the book is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's blue cloth. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A sharp copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with the Scribner's "A" and seal printed on the copyright page. We buy Hemingway First Editions.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Fine.

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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. First edition. Fine/Near Fine. Book Fine, unread and in excellent condition. In a bright, Near Fine dust jacket with slight scuffing to the spine. Unclipped, with the original $3.00 price. Overall an excellent copy. The final work of fiction published in the author's lifetime, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and cited by the Nobel Prize Committee, The Old Man and the Sea cemented Hemingway's legacy as one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century and would turn him into a household name. The story follows the tribulations of an aging and suddenly unlucky fisherman, Santiago, as he tries to catch a gigantic marlin in the Straits of Florida. Hemingway wanted to show the simple dignity and biblical nature of Santiago's trials - and succeeded mightily. The book was originally published in full in an issue of Life Magazine, which subsequently sold 5 million copies in less than a week. "No outbursts of spite or false theatricalism impede the smooth rush of its narrative. Within the sharp restrictions imposed by the very nature of his story Mr. Hemingway has written with sure skill. Here is the master technician once more at the top of his form, doing superbly what he can do better than anyone else" (Contemporary New York Times Review). Fine in Near Fine dust jacket.

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The Old Man and the Sea.

HEMINGWAY, Ernest.

New York:: Charles Scribner's Sons,, 1952.. First edition.. publisher's cloth in dust jacket.. A few faint tiny white spots to cloth on rear panel; else a very near fine copy in a bright, sharp, unworn dust jacket. . 8vo,.

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THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

Ernest Hemingway

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1952. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good+ in a Very Good+ dust jacket. First Edition, First Issue "A"; Charles Scribner's Sons; Dust Jacket; 140 Pages. A stunning copy. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .

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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1952 First Edition, First Printing with Scribner's "A" and the publisher's Seal printed on the copyright page. This original dustjacket is rich in color with light wear to the spine and edges. The book is great shape. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the lettering on the spine is present. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A sharp copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with ORIGINAL dustjacket.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $2,250.00


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The Old Man and the Sea.

Hemingway, Ernest

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. Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Photograph of Hemingway by Lee Samuels. A nice example. 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.

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The Old Man And The Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

New York: Charles Scribners Sons. Blue cloth, spine lettered in silver. The boards, spine, and gilt/lettering show minor darkening to the edges and fully to the spine. There is noticeable loss to the gilt on the spine as well. The endpages are clean and free of writing. The pages are clean, having no markings or folds. The dustjacket is bright, with mild wear to the edges and extremities. Small chip at upper rear edge. Price clipped. First issue jacket with picture of Hemingway on the rear panel printed in blue ink. This was changed to olive green, and the mention of Hemingway winning the nobel prize was added later. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the book that finally won the Nobel Prize for Hemingway. Hanneman A.24.A. This copy was obtained from a nationally known auction house. . Fine. 1952. First Edition.

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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First Edition. ("A" and the Scribner's seal present on the copyright page.) 140 p. Blue cloth with silver lettering. Very Good in a Near Fine dust jacket. Previous owner details in ink on fep. Cloth shows mottling and light soiling, spine lettering well-rubbed. Jacket has a tiny chip on back panel near the head, wear at head and tail, toning to edges of flaps and a bit of staining to rear flap, price intact ($3.00). A lovely example of the jacket with no sunning and little wear.

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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1952 First Edition, First Printing with the publisher's "A" and Seal printed on the copyright page. This First Issue dustjacket that has some wear to the spine and edges. The book is in nice condition. The binding is tight, with light wear to the panels. The pages are clean with some discoloration to the endpapers. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A collectable copy of this True First Edition with the original dustjacket.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $2,000.00


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The Old Man and the Sea.

Hemingway, Ernest

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. Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Photograph of Hemingway by Lee Samuels. 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.

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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Near fine first edition as shown by "A" on copyright page and Scribner's seal. Tanning and fading on boards, shelf wear on board edges and corners. In first edition dust jacket, issue point blue photo present. Original price, $3.00, on front flap. Tanning inside DJ and at edges, minor chipping at head and tail of spine. Previous owner's inscription on front free endpaper. Comes with DVD of Spencer Tracy's 1958 film "The Old Man and the Sea." Housed in custom-made slipcase.

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Price: $2,000.00


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THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

Ernest Hemingway

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1952. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good+ in a Very Good+ dust jacket. The true first edition in a first state jacket. The copyright 1952 with the "A" and Scribner's colophon below. DJ flap has the original price intact. This copy has the portrait of Hemingway with a blue tint. There is no mention of the Nobel Prize on the DJ. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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Price: $1,994.99


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THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

HEMINGWAY, Ernest (Alfred EISENSTAEDT)

[New York]: Limited Editions Club, (1990). First Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Near Fine suede-lined linen clamshell box with leather label with some sunning and light soiling. Alfred Eisenstaedt. Oblong folio (14-1/2" x 11") bound in blue goatskin leather and linen boards. Illustrated with five photogravures by Alfred Eisenstaedt printed from the original negatives created by Eisenstaedt in 1952 for the Life Magazine appearance of the novel. Copy #447 of 600 numbered copies SIGNED by the photographer on the colophon page. Monthly letter laid in.

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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1952 First Edition, First Printing. An attractive dustjacket that has light wear to the spine and panels. This original dustjacket has the $3.00 price present with no chips or tears. The book is in great shape. The binding is tight and the boards are crisp with minor rubbing to the panels. The pages are clean with some foxing to the endpapers. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Charles Scribners' Sons, NY , 1952. 1st edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. The Old Man and the Sea' is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal -- a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. [Pub. Info] This is the illustrated edition, published in the same year as the first edition. Small tear in the dust jacket. There is a protective mylar cover. 1ST thus.

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The Old Man and the Sea

HEMINGWAY, ERNEST

New York: Limited Editions Club. Limited Edition. Fine. LIMITED EDITION, ONE OF 600 COPIES SIGNED BY PHOTOGRAPHER ALFRED EISENSTAEDT. Introduction by Charles Scribner. Illustrated with five photogravures by Alfred Eisenstaedt printed from the original negatives created by Eisenstaedt in 1952 for the Life Magazine appearance of the novel. "Over a career that lasted more than 50 years, Mr. Eisenstaedt became famous as the quintessential Life photographer, producing more than 2,500 picture stories and 90 covers for the magazine" (New York Times obituary, August 25, 1995). New York: Limited Editions Club, 1990. Oblong folio, blue goatskin & linen; original black suede-lined clamshell slipcase. A FINE COPY.

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THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA.

Hemingway, Ernest.

Charles Scribner's Sons:, 1952. 140 pages, first edition stated as the letter "A", on the backside of the title page. "In The Old Man And The Sea a new classic emerges, a great book that is like no other. Shorter than the accepted novel, longer than what has come to be called the long story, this book cannot be classified, for it writes its own law in literature." FINE- HARDCOVER, silver lettering on the spine edge is rubbed slightly, FINE- DUST JACKET, slight wear at the spine edge and corners of book. D. J. price ($3.00) has not been clipped. Scans are available upon request.. First Edition, "A" Stated. Hard Cover. Fine-/Fine-. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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The Old Man and the Sea [First Printing]

Hemingway, Ernest

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.

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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Charles Scribners' Sons, NY , 1954. Reissue of 1st edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. "'The Old Man and the Sea' is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal -- a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream." [Pub. Info] Slight chipping on the dust jacket. There is a protective mylar cover. Reissue of the 1ST US EDITION to commemorate Hemingway's winning of the Nobel Prize.

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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Scribners, 1952 A near fine first edition (with Scribner's seal and A on copyright page, and 1952 on title page) in a very good dust jacket, with original price of $3.00 on front flap, and first issue blueish tint on photo on rear panel of jacket. Slight chipping at top of spine of jacket and small tear at bottom of spine of jacket. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good.

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The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1952 First Edition, First Printing with the Scribner's "A" and Seal printed on the copyright page. This original clipped dustjacket that has a small tear near the top spine and some wear to the spine fold. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight with some discoloration to the boards. The pages are clean with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a collectable copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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The Old Man and the Sea

HEMINGWAY, Ernest

NY: Scribner. 1952. The last of Hemingway's books published in his lifetime, a novella that won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and earned him, two years later, the Nobel Prize for literature. A short novel that has been characterized as a fable, it deals with a Cuban fisherman's struggles to land a giant marlin that he has hooked, and reflects Hemingway's concern for life as a struggle of man against nature, including his own nature. Owner name and offsetting to front endpages; otherwise near fine in a near fine, mildly sunned dust jacket with light wear to the spine ends, tape shadows to verso, offsetting to the front flap and a few pencil marks to the rear flap. Unless otherwise noted, our first editions are first printings. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine.

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The Old Man and the Sea

HEMINGWAY, Ernest

New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952., 1952. First edition (with seal and "A"). 8vo. Original blue cloth stamped in silver and blind (a few small spots). Dust jacket (unclipped; rear portrait in blue variant tint, first state; short tear to front panel; front free endpaper with four tape stains). Very good. No signatures or bookplates. Hanneman A24a.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

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THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

Hemingway, Ernest

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. 140 pages in excellent condition; outer edges and endpapers slightly yellowed. Blue hardcovers, silver titles on spine. Top corners very lightly bumped. Blue and brown DJ with illustration on front cover and photograph of Hemingway on back cover. Spine and edges a little yellowed. Light scuffing on corners, head/tail of spine. Small chip at tail of spine. DJ is sharp in colour, not price-clipped ($3.00). VG+/VG. 1st Edition. Hardcover. VG+/VG.

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The Old Man and the Sea - 1st Edition/1st Printing

Hemingway, Ernest

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1952. First Edition; First Printing. Cloth. A Very Good+ first Edition/First Printing showing some minimal rubbing to corner and some staining to ffeps. Small water stain to bottom of page block, pages clean inside. Very Good+ dust-jacket showing overall wear and some rubbing to spine and corners, as well as tape repair to two small closed tears inside. Book is housed in a blue slipcase. An exceptional collectible in beautiful condition; Hemingway's hugely successful story of the old fisherman landing the biggest fish in his life. Basis for the motion picture starring Spencer Tracy. Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize. All first issue/first state points present, e. G. , Scribner "A" and colophon present on copyright page, no mention of Pulitzer/Nobel Prize; blue tinted dust jacket, original price of $3.00 on inside flap of jacket .

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