Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway First Edition, 1952

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First edition, first printing of Ernest Hemingway’s masterful tale of “a fishing adventure… as close to tragedy as fishing may be” (New York Times).

“The Old Man and the Sea”, a classic short novel by Ernest Hemming, was written in 1951 and published in 1952. It was the last major work of fiction by Hemingway that was published during his lifetime. One of his most famous works, it tells the story of Santiago, an aging Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Florida.

William Faulkner, who reviewed “The Old Man and the Sea” for the magazine Shenandoah, called the novel Hemingway’s best: “Time may show it to be the best single piece of any of us. I mean his and my contemporaries” (Baker, 593-94). “Here is the master technician once more at the top of his form, doing superbly what he can do better than anyone else”(New York Times).

“The Old Man and the Sea” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953, and it was cited by the Nobel Committee as contributing to their awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Hemingway in 1954. 

Beautifully bound in full morocco leather with raised and gilt spine. The rich blue leather cover features a gilt-embossed sporting fish on the line. The book is housed in a custom cloth slipcase with a portrait of the great American novelist on the cover.

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