Desio, Ardito

La Conquista Del K2 Seconda Cima Del Mondo

Published: Milano: Garzanti, 1954


xiii,250 pp. Octavo. Original blue cloth gilt stamped cloth. Folding black and white frontispiece. Old light blind stamp on the title page. Numerous black and white illustrations throughout the text. Large section of black and white at the rear and a section of colour images. Four maps including one folding. Dust wrapper shows minor wear at the top and bottom of the spine and light soiling. A very good copy.

This is the standard history documenting the first ascent of K2 by the expedition leader Desio. This is the first Italian edition which came out two years earlier than the first English language edition. The quality of the production is superior to the English language edition having more illustrations and a section in colour as well. Although not a rare book this copy is signed by the two first summiters Compagnoni and Lacedelli. Unlike the members of the 1953 Everest team who did many public signings Lacedelli and Compagnoni did not and there signatures especially together are very scarce especially in the true first edition.


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