The Old Man and the Sea [ First Edition, First Printing, in First Printing Jacket ]: Hemingway, ... The Old Man and the Sea [ First Edition, First Printing, in First Printing Jacket ]: Hemingway, ... The Old Man and the Sea [ First Edition, First Printing, in First Printing Jacket ]: Hemingway, ... The Old Man and the Sea [ First Edition, First Printing, in First Printing Jacket ]: Hemingway, ...

The Old Man and the Sea [ First Edition, First Printing, in First Printing Jacket ]

Hemingway, Ernest

Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1952
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
From Works on Paper (DeKalb, IL, U.S.A.)

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A very good copy of the first hard cover edition in a very good, first printing dust-jacket. Following C. Edgar Grissom's Ernest Hemingway: A Descriptive Bibliography (Oak Knolls Press, 2011, A.24, pp. 281-282), all of the first edition, first printing points of both the book and the jacket are present. First edition points of the book: Copyright page: A beneath copyright statement with Scribner Press imprint below. Grissom states that, as to the binding, two styles have been noted, (though he ascribes no priority status to one over the other) the differentiation of these two styles being the color of the cloth, where what he terms Binding A has blue calico-grain cloth, whereas Binding B has bluish-green calico-grain cloth. This copy has the bluish-green calico cloth, with the upper cover (front board) "blind stamped with facsimile of author's signature. Spine is with silver stamped lettering. As to the jacket, Grissom states that six styles have been noted. This jacket is the one that Grissom terms Jacket A (first printing), with its details as follows: Front: illustrated in blue and brown and lettered in white and black. Flaps and rear panel are printed in brown. Front: [black] HEMINGWAY / [white] THE OLD MAN / AND / THE SEA. Spine: [black] ERNEST HEMINGWAY [white] THE / OLD / MAN / AND / THE / SEA (/) SCRIBNERS. Rear: [photograph: author's torso and background are in hues of greenish brown [brown] ERNEST / HEMINGWAY / Lee Samuels. Front flap: Rear flap: [all printing brown] Interestingly, Grissom also expands on the issue of the colors of the rear jacket panel that are so frequently commented upon, and their presumed importance in identifying the true first-printing jacket: "Because of Hanneman's 1967 description, when identifying a first-printing jacket, the focus has been on the colors of the rear of the jacket. However, the identification of a first-printing jacket does not require identifying ambiguous rear-jacket colors: It is the brown printing on the flaps and the rear panel that identify the first printing Scribner's jacket." (Thus, what Grissom terms Jacket B is the same as Jacket A , except flaps and rear are printed in black.) Finally, and in a highly technical manner, Grissom notes that the Greenish-brown ink in the photograph on the rear of Scribner's first-printing jacket registers as Pantone 4485C (14 ½ parts yellow, 1 ½ parts ruby red, 6 parts black). This combination appears as olive on the Pantone color guide." (Grissom, p. 282). As noted, the book is in very good condition, bearing the bookplate to the front endpaper of the artist Glen Stirling, else unmarked: no other ownership signature(s), marks, or writing of any kind. The bluish-green calico cloth binding is tight, firm, and square, with faint age-toning to the very top of the boards. There is virtually no shelf-wear to the base of the boards, and no in-curling of the tips, though all four tips show the faintest bit of rubbing/aging. The sliver-stamped lettering to the spine is remarkably bright and fresh in appearance, with very few gaps in the silvering, and those mostly to the publisher's name. The jacket is not price-clipped, and shows minor wear at the extremities, with some fraying to the crown and the base of the spine. One miniscule chip/surface abrasion midway along the upper edge of the front panel. Age-toning to the flap-fold seams and to the spine, which is rather darkened. There are two small spots to the spine, mostly visible on the verso, though, whatever the cause, the cloth of the spine has in no way been affected. Scans provided are of the front jacket panel, jacket spine, rear jacket panel, spine, and copyright page; additional scans available upon request. All in all a handsome copy of this important and highly valuable first edition. Bookseller Inventory # 015294

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Title: The Old Man and the Sea [ First Edition, ...

Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York

Publication Date: 1952

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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