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HILLARY Edmund HUNT John
Ascent of Everest
1953. First Edition . Signed. (HILLARY, Edmund, et al.) HUNT, John. The Ascent of Everest. (London): Hodder and Stoughton, (1953). Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $4500.First edition of this account of the first successful expedition to summit Mount Everest, signed by expedition leader John Hunt, Edmund Hillary, and four other important members of Hunt's 1953 Everest expedition: Michael Ward, Michael Westmacott, George Band, and Charles Wylie. With eight color photographic plates, 48 half-tone plates and a number of in-text illustrations after pen-and-ink sketches.The 1953 British Expedition to Mount Everest was the eighth in 30 years to attempt Everest. On May 29th, 1953 Edmund Hillary and Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay at last stood at the summit; it was a culminating moment in mountaineering history, and one of the great achievements of human stamina and will. The Ascent of Everest was written in one month by John Hunt, the leader of the expedition, in order to satisfy the immediate demand around the world for the story of the British team's success. Chapter 16 is Hillary's stirring account of the final part of the climb, and the appendices are by members of the expedition. In addition to Hunt and Hillary, the book is signed on the front free endpaper by four other important expedition members: expedition doctor and mountaineer Michael Ward, mountaineer Michael Westmacott, mountaineer George Band, and expedition Organizing Secretary and mountaineer Charles Wylie (a fifth signature near these four is illegible/unidentifie … [Click Below for Full Description]
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