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    Ernest Hemingway. The Old Man and the Sea. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952.

    First edition (with Scribner's seal and "A" on the copyright page). Octavo. 140 pages.

    Original light blue cloth with facsimile Hemingway signature in blind at the bottom of the front board. Titles stamped in silver on the spine. Uniform spotting to boards, bottom corners bumped, and light shelf wear. Contents slightly toned, notably at the preliminary pages. The dust jacket retains the $3.00 price on the inside front flap with the back flap featuring the Lee Samuels photograph of Hemingway rendered in olive ink. There are no production symbols at the end of the text on the back flap as called for by Hanneman, however there is no mention of Hemingway's winning the Nobel prize on the back panel as attributed to second state jackets. This, then remains something of an anomaly, falling somewhere between the accepted first state and second state jackets. Nonetheless, the front panel is bright with a very small hole in the upper third, wear at the corners and spine and toning around the edges of the back panel. On the whole a very good copy.

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