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The Ascent of Everest

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The Ascent of Everest: The official account of the successful Everest expedition of 1953

by Hunt, John

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This most unique copy signed by Tenzing Norgay and his son, Jamling Norgay

London: Hodder & Stoughton 1953, First Edition. 8vo – 22.7cm. [xx], 300pp. Index. Eight color photographic plates, 48 half-tone plates and several in-text illustrations after pen-and-ink sketches. Publisher's original blue cloth and dust jacket, spine lettered in bright gilt, cloth in Fear Fine condition with only slight wear to spine tips. Internally in Near Fine condition with beginning separation at rear gutter. Dust jacket is clipped and in Very Good condition with some chipping at extremities and no loss of image or text. A Near Fine and complete copy signed by Tenzing Norgay and his son, Jamling Norgay on the front free end leaf along with one other signature dated 1954.

The official account of the successful Everest expedition of 1953 led by John Hunt, on which Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the top. The 1953 British Expedition to Mount Everest was the eighth in 30 years to attempt Everest. On May 29th, 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay at last stood at the summit. This was a culminating moment in mountaineering history, and one of the great achievements of human stamina and will. The Ascent of Everest was written by the leader of the expedition, Sir James Hunt. Chapter 16 is Sir Edmund Hillary's stirring account of the final part of the climb, and the appendices are by members of the expedition.


From the book: 'This is the story of how, on 29 May, 1953, two men, both endowed with outstanding stamina and skill, reached the top of Everest and came back unscathed to rejoin their comrades. 'Yet this will not be the whole story, for the ascent of Everest was not the work of one day, nor even of those few anxious, unforgettable weeks in which we prepared and climbed this summer. It is, in fact, a tale of sustained and tenacious endeavour by many, over a long period of time.'


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Chet Ross Rare Books US (US)
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The Ascent of Everest
Hunt, John
Publisher's blue cloth with gilt spine titles
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Used - Near Fine
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Very Good
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Hodder & Stoughton
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Mt. Everest, Tenzing Norgay, Norgay,
8vo – 22.7cm

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Chet Ross Rare Books specializes in Travel and Exploration with an emphasis in first person narratives and scientific research related to exploration of the Polar Regions.


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