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A. S. Waugh
Mount Everest named - signed by Ed Hillary
London: Edward Stanford, 1857. [Hillary, Edmund.] Lieutenant-Colonel A. S. Waugh & B. S. Hodgson. 'Papers relating to the Himalaya and Mount Everest.' An article in the complete issue of Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of London, no. IX, April & May, 1857. London: Edward Stanford, 1857. First edition. 8vo. pp. 329-364 [article at pp. 345-351]; some staining, good in the original printed wrappers. Signed to the front wrapper by Ed Hillary. Ownership inscription of Michael Ward to first leaf of text (doctor on the 1953 Everest Expedition). This article describes the naming of Mount Everest, and is signed by the first man to climb the mountain. Waugh's notice, just 2pp. long and dated Dehra, March 1st, 1856, marks the beginning of the Everest story in Britain. In this brief article, Waugh informs fellows of the RGS that the Survey of India's peak XV "is higher than any other hitherto measured in India, and most probably it is the highest in the whole world." He continues: "I was taught by my respected chief and predecessor, Colonel Geo. Everest, to assign to every geographical object its true local or native appellation. I have always scrupulously adhered to this rule, as I have in fact to all other principles laid down by that eminent graduist. But here is a mountain ... without any local name that we can discover ... I have determined to name this noble peak of the Himalayas 'Mont Everest.'" There follows a second notice in which B. H. Hodgson suggests that Everest does have a local name - Devadhunga - which should be adopted. In the discussion following the re … [Click Below for Full Description]
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