The Old Man and the Sea | 1952, first edition, first state, first issue dustjacket.

£1,500.00 GBP

First edition, first state (A to copyright page), in the first issue jacket, with the flaps printed in brown and no mention of Hemingway's Pulitzer or Nobel Prize on the rear panel. A rare first edition of Hemingway's iconic The Old Man and the Sea

In the past, there has been a lot of discussion about the color tint on the rear panel portrait by Lee Samuels. However, Grissom disagrees with Hanneman's claim that the blue tinted photo on the rear panel came before the olive tint, stating, "identifying a first-printing jacket does not depend on identifying unclear colours on the rear panel: the brown printing on the flaps and rear panel is what distinguishes the first-printing Scribner's jacket."

Description and Condition:

First edition, first state and first issue dustjacket. Octavo. Original publishers light blue  cloth, spine lettered in silver, author's signature to front cover in blind. Minor wear to the head of the spine but overall a superlative example. Internally fresher than most copies found on the market - I have to say it is remarkably fresh and borders on a fine example. The dustjacket is a very good example with some very minor loss to the spine and a few chips and nicks here and there. Other than that the colours are strong and it is an honest example of a rare dustjacket.

Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1952.