First EditionHEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Old Man and the Sea, advance galley proofs preceding the first printing in Life Magazine of one of Hemingway's greatest works. Hemingway was awarded the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature on the strength of The Old Man and the Sea, being cited "for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style".Stamped “Advance Galley Proofs” on cover page and “Advance Galley Proofs For Your Personal Reading Only, LIFE Publication Date, Sept 1” above first page of text. Although it is believed that as many as 500 galley proofs were issued, few copies of this fragile item have survived and complete sets are scarce. A difficult Hemingway item to find and much scarcer than the first edition which had a print run of 50,000 copies and came out also in 1952. [Chicago: Time, Inc., 1952]. 17 long (about 32 inches long) galley sheets with fold at center, Condition is fair only with toning and brittle with many marginal chips as usual given the poor quality of the original paper. .In May 1953, the novel received the Pulitzer Prize and was specifically cited when in 1954 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature which he dedicated to the Cuban people. The success of The Old Man and the Sea made Hemingway an international celebrity.