The Old Man and the Sea: Hemingway, Ernest (Signed Presentation Copy to Waldo Peirce's daughter) The Old Man and the Sea: Hemingway, Ernest (Signed Presentation Copy to Waldo Peirce's daughter)

The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest (Signed Presentation Copy to Waldo Peirce's daughter)

Published by Scribner's, New York, 1952
From Brainerd Phillipson Rare Books (Holliston, MA, U.S.A.)

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A very good copy bound in finely woven blue cloth stamped brightly in silver on the spine with no flecking to the lettering. With rubbing and light wear to the extremities. This copy was published in 1958. A newspaper photo of Ernest and Mary Welsh Hemingway has been glued onto the second free endpaper and dated July 3, 1961, creating some offsetting. In a later dust jacket with the price of $3.00 and with the notice of the Pulitzer Prize at the top of the front flap. Heavy chipping and small pieces missing at the top of the spine ends and at the corners. This copy is inscribed in black ink on the front endpaper: "For Karen from her friend Ernest Hemingway." And dated: "Tucson 20 March '59" by the recipient. The recipient was Waldo Pierce's daughter, Karen, who has written a letter of provenance dated Sept. 6, 2007: "When I was 10 years old, Ernest Hemingway came to our house in Tucson, Arizona, to visit my father, Waldo Peirce. He signed a book for everyone in the family, and I got The Old Man and the Sea. Karen Peirce." Waldo Peirce (18841970) was an American painter, born in Bangor, Maine. Peirce was both a prominent painter and a well-known character. He was sometimes called "the American Renoir". A long-time friend of Ernest Hemingway, of whom he painted the cover picture for Time magazine in 1937, he was once called "the Ernest Hemingway of American painters." To which he replied, "They'll never call Ernest Hemingway the Waldo Peirce of American writers." In a letter written in the mid-1930s, Ernest Hemingway described a visit by Peirce to his home in Key West, Florida: "Waldo is here with his kids like untrained hyenas and him as domesticated as a cow. Lives only for the children and with the time he puts on them they should have good manners and be well trained, but instead they never obey, destroy everything, don't even answer when spoken to, and he is like an old hen with a litter of ape hyenas. I doubt if he will go out in the boat while he is here. Can't leave the children. They have a nurse and a housekeeper too, but he is only really happy when trying to paint with one setting fire to his beard and the other rubbing mashed potato into his canvasses. That represents fatherhood." (Wikipedia). Bookseller Inventory # 283

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Title: The Old Man and the Sea

Publisher: Scribner's, New York

Publication Date: 1952

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Later printing (1958)

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