Set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana, Hemingway's magnificent fable is the story of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. It was The Old Man and the Sea that won for Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here, in a perfectly crafted story, is a unique and timeless vision of the beauty and grief of man's challenge to the elements ...Read MoreSet in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana, Hemingway's magnificent fable is the story of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. It was The Old Man and the Sea that won for Hemingway the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here, in a perfectly crafted story, is a unique and timeless vision of the beauty and grief of man's challenge to the elements in which he lives. Not a single word is superflous in this widely admired masterpiece, which once and for all established his place as one of the giants of modern literature.Read Less
Signed by Author Hemingway, Ernest. THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA. Inscribed. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. First Edition, First Printing of the author's Pulitzer prize-winning novel. 8vo; , 140pp., Publisher's pale blue cloth with Hemingway's autograph stamped in blind on the upper cover & the spine lettered in silver, in first state, blue-tinted dustwrapper priced at $3.00. Mounted to the upper corner of the front free endpaper is the presentation Hemingway inscription in blue-black fountain pen: " Margarita good luck with my new book. -Ernest Hemingway." Dated 2/14/57. The inscription slightly foxed but in very good condition. The correct First Printing with the Scribner's seal & "A" on the copyright page. A near fine example; the silver spine lettering quite sharp, the text block free of any blemishes. In a very good or better, bright copy of the book's famous dustwrapper with just a bit of excellent archival restoration primarily at the spine extremities. A splendid copy of the Author's most sought after title-successfully made into an acclaimed film starring Spencer Tracy. Custom TBCL embossed Old Man blue clamshell presentation case in very fine condition.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author First printing in first state jacket. Scribner's "A" and seal at copyright page. Signed and inscribed by Ernest Hemingway on signature cut adhered at half-title page: "With All Best Wishes, Ernest Hemingway, Feb. 20, 1948." Includes receipt for inscription from well-known, reputable, auction house, Heritage Auctions of Dallas, Texas. Sea blue full cloth boards, Hemingway's signature blind-stamped at front board, silver spine titles, lt. shelf wear, fox at frt., bk. boards. Pages very good, clean. Bind fine, hinges intact; moderate cant. Dj lt. shelf wear; unclipped $3.00, Hemingway photo at back panel in blue tint. "Jacket design by 'A'" at front flap. Protected in new clear sleeve. Additionally includes a custom clamshell case for this title depicting scene from novel. The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, "The Old Man and the Sea" has proved itself to be an enduring work of American fiction. Celebrated in twentieth century fiction and in Hemingway's canon, reaffirming his worldwide literary prominence and significant in his selection for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. The story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss, and transforms them into a magnificent classic. 5 3/4" x 8 1/4" design. Printed in the United States of America. 140 pages. Insured post.
Fine in Fine jacket. A lovely copy of this American classic. Book Fine without any rubbing to the spine gilt, binding sharp and likely unread. In a bright, crisp dust jacket that is also Fine, with the correct, blue-tinted rear panel. The final work of fiction published in the author's lifetime, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and cited by the Nobel Prize Committee, "The Old Man and the Sea" cemented Hemingway's legacy as one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century and would turn him into a household name. The story follows the tribulations of an aging and suddenly unlucky fisherman, Santiago, as he tries to catch a gigantic marlin in the Straits of Florida. Hemingway wanted to show the simple dignity and biblical nature of Santiago's trials-and succeeded mightily. The book was originally published in full in an issue of Life Magazine, which subsequently sold 5 million copies in less than a week. "No outbursts of spite or false theatricalism impede the smooth rush of its narrative. Within the sharp restrictions imposed by the very nature of his story Mr. Hemingway has written with sure skill. Here is the master technician once more at the top of his form, doing superbly what he can do better than anyone else." (Contemporary New York Times Review). Fine in Fine. dust jacket.
Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. The true first edition in a first state jacket. The copyright 1952 with the "A" and Scribner's colophon below. DJ flap has the original price intact. This copy has the portrait of Hemingway with a blue tint. There is no mention of the Nobel Prize on the DJ.; 8vo 8"-9" tall.
Fine in fine dust jacket. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. First edition; 1952 stated on copyright and title page with the letter "A" and Scribner's seal on copyright page. A bright, clean, square copy in a fine dust jacket that is very slightly darkened, with original price of $3.00 printed on the front flap. Comes housed in a custom slip case.
Fine in As New jacket. This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards have only a touch of wear at the edges and extremities and the spine has only a whisper of loss to the lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New, save minute edgewear. This is a first state dustjacket with blue tones. Original Price of $3.00 is intact. Not ex-library. No remainder mark. This book and dustjacket are first State, with Scribner 'A', dust jacket author photo tinted blue, and no mention of the Nobel Prize. All points are present.
Illustrated by Tunnicliffe. Fine with no dust jacket. Inv. #1226J. First Edition, first printing with an "A" on the copyright. Bound in 3/4 maroon morocco over marbled boards.; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 139 pages; Five bands on spine with title and elaborate decorations in gilt.
Not in the least intimidated by the physical and philosophical heft of 'Moby-Dick,' Hemingway's novella, 'The Old Man and the Sea' stands next to Melville's triumphal door-stop and dares to ask which is the ultimate fish story. This writer, being a coward, chooses 'The Old Man and the Sea' on technical grounds: Moby-Dick was not a fish. Thus thoughtful readers are left to decide for themselves.
Sep 10, 2009
the book was in great condition no bents or torn pages.. looked like a brand new book.. cheaper than the one at Books a Million.. THX!
Oct 13, 2008
My Favorite Hemmingway
I have read many of Hemmingway's book and this one is my favorite. I read it to my son when he was about nine and he loved it also. There are wonderful images conveyed of an earlier Cuba, the ocean, fishing and aging in this timeless classic. Short and sweet, this book is perfect for an afternoon, or a vacation read while on a cruise.
Oct 4, 2008
A Piece of Literary Art
what i really liked about this book is the ability of the author to intrigue the reader mostly by his narrative, despite the lack of dialogue. Only a master at his talent could achieve that.
Jun 9, 2007
The Sea is Life
The old fisherman is determined to find a big fish after a long time with nothing and finally, encouraged by a small boy, finds a huge marline which he lashes to the skiff. He is too far out, however, and the blood of the marlin has drawn sharks which nibble the marlin to smithereens. Even his gallant effort to protect the marlin by fighting the sharks leaves him with a 18 foot skeleton. The moral of this story is very simple: no matter how difficult life becomes, don't quit. The simple words and allusions to life in general in this story that was mentioned in the Nobel Prize committee's statement when awarding Hemingway the Nobel Prize in 1954 prove that length is not essential for a good story. Mr. Hemingway has always been my hero in words. I hope he is to you too.
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