New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's blue cloth, spine stamped in silver, upper board blindstamped, original illustrated dust jacket.
"Do not think about sin. It is much too late for that and there are people who are paid to do it. Let them think about it. You were born to be a fisherman as the fish was born to be a fish." First edition of Hemingway's most popular novel, a parable on man's futile struggle with the cosmos and his inherent dignity, as played out between an old Cuban fisherman and an 18-foot marlin in the Florida Straits. Published in 1952, the last sustained work of fiction published in Hemingway's lifetime, the book won a Pulitzer Prize, and is largely credited with earning him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. It also aided in the rehabilitation of his reputation and legacy after the poor reception of his previous novel, Across the River and Into the Trees (1950), itself the first to be published after a ten-year dry spell. "It is much simpler and enormously better than Mr. Hemingway's last book... No phony glamour girls and no bullying braggarts sentimentalized almost to parody distort its honest and elemental theme. No outbursts of spite or false theatricalism impede the smooth rush of its narrative. Within the sharp restrictions imposed by the very nature of his story Mr. Hemingway has written with sure skill. Here is the master technician once more at the top of his form" (from a contemporary review in the New York Times). First printing, with capital "A" and publisher's device to copyright page. Owner name in ink to upper pastedown. Light foxing to cloth, some offsetting to endpapers from binder's glue; unclipped dust jacket with minor rubbing to spine-ends and light toning to spine panel. Near fine. Item #3124