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

Hemingway, Ernest, The Old Man and the Sea. 1952, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. First Edition. Rebound in blue Morocco leather with custom slipcase.

Bearing the publisher’s signature “A” this is a stated first edition, of which, only 50,000 copies were included in the original print run. Published by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1952, Ernest Hemingway’s famous novel is stunningly rebound in full morocco leather and decorated with a custom gilt embossed stamp. The book is housed in a matching custom archival slipcase.

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 to be published during his lifetime. The novel was first printed in its entirety in Life Magazine in 1952 and sparked a buying frenzy among readers. Over 5 million copies of the story printed in the magazine were sold in a matter of only 2 days.

One of his most famous works, The Old Man and the Sea tells the story of a Cuban fisherman named Santiago who struggles with a giant marlin out in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Florida. The novel, consisting of only 140 pages, highlights man’s struggle with nature, as well as a portrait of “manliness” and human character.

Upon the release of the novel, critics deemed the tale a reflection of Hemingway’s personal determination to prove that his writing career was not yet over. In its first release, the book was well received with exceeding popularity and encouraged readers to examine his entire body of work. In the year following its release, The Old Man and the Sea received a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The publication of the book contributed to Hemingway’s Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

The book was dedicated to “Charles Scribner and to Max Perkins” who were close friends of Hemingway’s. Charles Scribner was president of the publishing company Charles Scribner’s Sons and Max Perkins edited books by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe. Both passed away before the book was released.


Overall very good condition. Slighting toning to pages, as expected with age. No other notable damage. The book is rebound in full morocco leather with gilt embossed decorations featuring a marlin outline on the front board, raised bands on the spine, and gilt tooling along the inside boards. It is protected by a matching custom archival slipcase.

Dimensions (with slipcase): 8 ¾” H x 6 ⅛” W x 1 ⅜” D

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