Volunteers working for the CBC Calgary Reads book sale made an exciting discovery this week as they were sorting through the tens of thousands of donated books– a first edition of Hemingway’s classic The Old Man and the Sea.
An advisor on rare books for the sale, Gerry Morgan, says of the found copy, “The dust jacket is in very good condition which is fairly uncommon for a book from 1952 or 1953. It is not price-clipped, the price is still on the book. I think it’s $3.30. And the only marking inside is a light pencil previous owner signature.” He estimates it’s worth to be between $1,000 and $1,200.
The Old Man and the Sea was the last major work of fiction published by Hemingway (1952). It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1953 and it was cited by the Nobel Committee as a considering factor when Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.
The book will be offered in the CBC Calgary Reads book sale, which opens this Friday at noon.