The Old Man and the Sea. By Ernest Hemingway. First Edition, First Printing. Scribners. New York, 1952.

$1,850.00

The Old Man and the Sea was the last major work published by Hemingway in his lifetime. A first edition run of 50,000 copies sold quickly as readers and critics praised the work for its elegance and poignant commentary on the insurmountable challenges of the human experience. At the time of its release, Hemingway was living in Cuba and reeling from the poor reviews of his prior novel, Across the River and Into the Trees. He was also struggling with depression, but a fervor to reclaim his critical success drove him to write The Old Man and the Sea. After completing a draft in a matter of weeks, Hemingway remarked that it was “the best I can write ever for all of my life” (Desnoyers). Critics agreed. It won him the Pulitzer Prize the following year and was cited as a primary text in the decision to award him the Nobel Prize in 1954. The Old Man and the Sea continues to be Hemingway’s most praised and widely read work. It is one of the most important contributions to American literature.

This first edition, first printing is in very good condition. In the original blue cloth boards, about fine with only minor rubbing to edges. Text block near fine, only minor fading and former gift inscription to front endpaper. In the original dust jacket, very good with only minor fading to spine, some chipping and rubbing to edges, and faint rubbing to front flap. This is a true first edition with Scribner’s A and seal. The first state dust jacket shows the blue toned variant.

A rare first edition of one of the greatest works of American literature.

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The Old Man and the Sea. By Ernest Hemingway. First Edition, First Printing. Scribners. New York, 1952.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 5 in