Book Description

London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1953. 1st Edition. 300 pages. Very good plus blue cloth covers . Near fine pictorial dust jacket Internally fine. Pasted in on the front pastedown invitation card to to meet Mr & Mrs Tensing july 1953. Signed on the reverse of the card by Tensing. Signatures of Edmund Hillary and Wilfrid Noyce on the fep. On the half title page two pasted in signatures of Alfred Gregory. Scarce.
Dealer Notes
By today's standards, the 1953 British expedition, under the military-style leadership of Sir John Hunt, was massive in the extreme, but in an oddly bottom-heavy way: 350 porters, 20 Sherpas, and tons of supplies to support a vanguard of only ten climbers.

The men shook hands, as Hillary later wrote, "in good Anglo-Saxon fashion," but then Tenzing clasped his partner in his arms and pounded him on the back. The pair spent only 15 minutes on top. "Inevitably my thoughts turned to Mallory and Irvine," Hillary wrote, referring to the two British climbers who had vanished high on Everest's Northeast Ridge in 1924. "With little hope I looked around for some sign that they had reached the summit, but could see nothing."

As the two men made their way back down, the first climber they met was teammate George Lowe, also a New Zealander. Hillary's legendary greeting: "Well, George, we knocked the bastard off!"
Author Hunt J
Date 1953
Binding Cloth
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1953
Illustrator N/A
Condition Very Good Plus
Pages 300

Price: £450.00

Offered by White Eagle Books

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