"MAN IS NOT MADE FOR DEFEAT": FIRST EDITION OF HEMINGWAY'S THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Old Man and the Sea. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $3900.
First edition of Hemingway's masterful tale of "a fishing adventure… as close to tragedy as fishing may be" (New York Times), in first-issue dust jacket.
William Faulkner, who reviewed The Old Man and the Sea for the magazine Shenandoah, called the novel Hemingway's best: "Time may show it to be the best single piece of any of us. I mean his and my contemporaries" (Baker, 593-94). "Here is the master technician once more at the top of his form, doing superbly what he can do better than anyone else" (New York Times). With Scribner "A" beneath copyright notice. First-issue dust jacket, with no mention of the Nobel Prize. Hanneman A24a.
Book fine; lightest edge-wear, faint toning to spine of bright near-fine dust jacket.