Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's light blue cloth lettered in metallic silver to spine and blind-stamped with author's signature to front board, Scribner's "A" and press device to copyright page; in the original dust jacket with illustration by "A.", blue-tinted portrait of Hemingway by Lee Samuels to rear panel, and no mention of Nobel Prize to rear flap. Very good book, with some chipping to silver foil on spine, some foxing to cloth, light toning and rubbing to spine ends, corners lightly bumped, very clean pages, and light spotting to pastedowns; very good clipped dust jacket, with light toning to spine, bright panels, shallow chipping to spine ends, a small closed tear to top of front panel, crease to edge of rear flap, and a tiny spot of staining to verso near middle spine. Overall, a solid and pleasing copy. Hanneman A24. The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most popular and widely acclaimed novels and the winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Additionally, The Old Man and the Sea helped Hemingway win the 1954 Nobel Peace Prize in Literature. The plot tells of elderly protagonist Santiago, a fisherman, and his struggle with a giant Marlin off the coast of Havana, Cuba. Metaphorically, it is the story of Hemingway's own struggle to continue to write and preserve his art in spite of his fame and the cost it has taken on his mental and physical health; like Santiago who had not caught a fish in months, Hemingway had not written a novel since over a decade prior. This award-winning novel was Hemingway's last significant piece of writing before his death in 1961.