The Old Man and the Sea
Only 1 copies remain
The Old Man and the Sea
January 1, 1952
Jonathan Cape
  • Unsigned
  • Hardcover
  • UK First Edition, First Printing
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Book condition

A very good first edition, in the original binding. A previous owner's name to first flyleaf, which has a crease running down its length. Some shelfwear to spine and some bleaching of colour where the dust jacket was absent. Slight bumps to the corners. In a fair unclipped dust jacket, with chipping to all surfaces. Large chip missing from front cover, and a smaller chip to bottom front cover, both visible in photo. A strip is missing from the entire width of the bottom of the back of the jacket. A large tear to to the back of the jacket has been repaired with tape to the outside of the jacket. Another tear to front cover, unrepaired, and a strip of tape to the front cover near top of spine. Some chipping along top edge.


A short novel, it was the last major work published during Hemingway's lifetime and is widely considered one of his masterpieces. Basis for the 1958 John Sturges film starring Spencer Tracy. Certainly, this book was a major contributing factor in Hemingway's winning the Nobel Prize the following year. William Faulkner, in his review of the book, called it Hemingway's best.

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 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.

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