The Old Man and The Sea

by Hemingway, Ernest

This novella, only 140 pages, was first printed in its entirety in Life Magazine on September 1, 1952. It inspired a buying frenzy - selling over five million copies of the magazine in just two 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.

First edition identification

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.

The last work published by Hemingway during his lifetime, signed first editions of The Old Man and the Sea can sell for upwards of $15,000 - $17,000.

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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1952
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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. First edition, second printing. 1952 at title page; Scribner colophon at copyright. Sea blue full cloth boards, Hemingway's signature blind-stamped at front board, silver spine titles, light shelf wear. Fine linen pages, crisp, clean, no writing; light toning. Bind fine, square; hinges intact. Facsimile jacket of… Read more about this item
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1952
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Charles Scribner's Sons. Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1952. Hardcover. 0023530006 . ****Holiday Sale! The current price reflects a 20% discount off the regular price, while the item lasts. Sale ends December 11, 2023*****; Half aqua cloth with turqoise boards has a hint of sunning along top edge otherwise clean and near pristine. Boards and… Read more about this item
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London: Jonathan Cape, 1952. First British Edition. Hardcover. 127pp. Blue cloth stamped in red on the cover and the spine. Three pages with tiny corner crease else a fine copy in near fine dustjacket with a slightly faded spine panel, two minuscule closed tears and a crease to rear flap. Wraparound dustjacket illustration by Hans Tisdall. 1953 Pulitzer Prize… Read more about this item
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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. First Edition. Near Fine/Near Fine. First edition, first printing with the publisher's colophon and an "A" on the copyright page. Near Fine with light sunning and light rubbing to edges, former owner rubber stamp to front free endpaper and pages toned. In a Near Fine dust jacket with price of $3.00 intact,… Read more about this item
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New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. Early Printing. A. dustjacket art. Nobel Prize winner wrap around band, "Pulitzer Prize 1953" on front flap of dust jacket. Hemingway's classic novella of an old fisherman and his trials on the open sea. Near Fine in Near Fine dustjacket.
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First UK edition, first impression in first state dust jacket without reviews to verso. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and the last of the author's novels to be published in his lifetime. Original blue cloth with dark red lettering to spine and upper board. A near fine book with the slightest hint of fading to spine. Beautifully clean and… Read more about this item
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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Scribner's "A" and seal on copyright page. The book is square and tight with no marks of any kind. The pages are bright and clean. Silver lettering on the book's spine is bright and complete. Book appears unread. Dustjacket has clipped corners… Read more about this item
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Scribner's, 1952. First edition, first printing. Good condition. Red markings present on page (see pictures). Facsimile first issue dust jacket featuring artwork by Adriana Ivancich.
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THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA (MEMORIAL EDITION)

by Hemingway, Ernest

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Scribners New York. Good in Good dust jacket. 1966. Hardcover. 1966 issue published after Hemingway's death with painting of Hemingway by: Russell E. Roberts (Ernest Hemingway 1899-1961) on rear panel of jacket. Book is in the same format as first editionThe non clipped ($3.50) DJ is attached to the pastedowns. This is a nice EX-Library copy with… Read more about this item
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London; (1955): Jonathan Cape. First Edition. Octavo. First illustrated edition by this publisher with drawings by C.F,. Tunnicliffe and Raymond Sheppard. Originally commissioned as later natives, these two artists' different interpretations of the story were considered so excellent and so interesting in their varying styles that both have been included. Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea was awarded the… Read more about this item
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Limited Editions Club, 1990. First Edition. Leather Binding. Near Fine/No Jacket. Copy #253 of 600 numbered copies signed by Alfred Eisenstaedt. A stunning limited edition. Beautifully bound in gilt-stamped blue goatskin over light brown linen boards; housed in publisher's black cloth clamshell box with gilt-stamped black leather spine label, interior lined with blue velour. The book is fine… Read more about this item
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by Ernest Hemingway

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1952
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UK: Jonathan Cape, 1952. 3rd Impression . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Tight copy in decorative blue boards. Jacket is slightly chipped and torn along top and bottom edges. Dusty along top edge. Stamp on fly leaf "YACHT AMAZONE R.T.Y.C.)
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by HEMINGWAY, Ernest (Alfred EISENSTAEDT)

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[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… Read more about this item
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FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING with the "A" and publisher's seal on copyright page and brown lettering on inside of dust jacket; FIRST ISSUE dust jacket with blue tinted photo of Hemingway in back panel and "$ 3.00" on front flap of dust jacket. No mention of Nobel/Pulitzer prize. Text inside is clean and in fine condition Previous owner's inscription present. 8vo,… Read more about this item
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Scribner's, 1952. First edition, first printing. Good condition. Previous owner's name written on rear end paper. Foxing present. Facsimile first issue dust jacket featuring artwork by Adriana Ivancich. Scribner's printed 51,700 copies in August, 1952. These were all printed on laid paper and have an "A" on the copyright page along with the Scribner's seal.
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