This is a very good hardcover with dust jacket. 23rd Printing Sept. 1963 Scribners Publishing. Published in 1952, this edition is identified on copyright page from the W-9.63[H] translated as print date Sept. 1963. In addition, inside the front dust jacket flap is statement "Pulitzer Prize 1953" indicating First Edition, later print run post Pulitzer award. The dust jacket is as First Edition issued with photo of Hemingway on back cover, NOTE: original price of 3.00 is neatly marked out inside jacket flap. The pages of this copy are very clean. It is very good throughout with no other markings seen. The binding is tight and straight. As with the true first edition, the sea blue hardcover boards under jacket feature embossed Hemingway signature with silver letter on spine. The hardcover boards are very good with only very light shelf wear and no serious fading. The dust jacket is good, there is shelf wear including two small tears bottom edge, neatly taped to prevent further insult and wearing along top edge/corners. Overall good condition as present and given age. Standard octavo book size or 6" x 9" with 140 pages.
Pulitzer Prize winner in 1953, The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway was the last major fictional work published during Hemingway's lifetime. The novella tells of an aging fisherman who lands a giant marlin after a long struggle but then loses his prize to sharks. It remains one of the greatest literary works still today as its popularity has never waned.
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