PRESENTATION COPY FROM EXPEDITION TO US PUBLISHER (1954)

Hunt, John.

The Conquest of Everest ... With a Chapter on the Final Assault by Edmund Hillary.

Published: New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc.

Date: 1954

First US edition. 8vo. pp. xx, 300; coloured and b & w photo. illusts., sketch maps; near-fine in the original two-tone cloth, crease to upper board, in d.-w., slightly chipped to extremities, “Macrae” in ink to upper panel; contained in a purpose-made cloth chemise and box with quarter leather spine, gilt, some wear to leather of box.

Provenance
A unique presentation copy from the expedition members to the publisher’s President, Elliott B. Macrae. The front pastedown bears the signatures of John Hunt, E. P. Hillary, George Lowe, Wilfrid Noyce, Charles Evans, T. D. Bourdillon, James Morris, M. Westmacott, G. Pugh, George Band, Alfred Gregory, Michael Ward, and Tom Stobart (absent are Charles Wylie and Tenzing). Hunt also writes: “I am delighted to add to this message my own message of thanks and and congratulations to my publishers for the production of this book” and dates the message 11/2/54. A miniature sketch of Everest showing the route used appears alongside some of the signatures, this is likely to be the work of Charles Evans.

Condition
Very Good

Binding
Hardback

£4500

Offered by Meridian Rare Books