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Everest Expedition 1953: A small album of photographs presented by Tom Bourdillon to his father.
1953 - 8vo. A purpose-made thick brown paper album, type-written paper label to upper cover, 8pp., containing 4 monochrome photographs with typed captions, paper label pasted to verso of final leaf inscribed in ink ‘With many thanks for your work on oxygen apparatus Tom Bourdillon 25/2/53’; together with, loosely inserted:The Order of Service for the memorial mass for Bourdillon and Richard Merriam Viney held at St. Mary’s Aylesbury, 15th September 1956. 4pp., tear to spine; loosely containing also 3 photographs showing the churchyard in which Bourdillon and Viney were laid to rest and a mimeographed type-written sheet concerning the ‘Bourdillon Memorial Fund’.A unique and personal collection. Bourdillon joined Shipton on the 1951 Everest Reconnaissance and also accompanied the 1952 Cho Oyu training expedition. He trained as a physicist and with his father developed the closed-circuit oxygen apparatus used on the 1953 expedition. On the 26th May, 1953, Bourdillon with Charles Evans made the first and unsuccessful attempt on Everest’s summit. 3 years later, on July 29th 1956, Bourdillon and his climbing partner Dick Viney were killed on the ascent of the East Buttress of the J.gihorn in the Bernese Oberland. The present photograph album contains 4 images: the gateway to Thyangboche, the top of the Cwm icefall, a panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse, and a person modelling the closed-circuit oxygen set. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Gerald W. Cloud Rare Books]
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