April 2023 Catalogue

B a u m a n R a r e B o o k s A p r i l 2 0 2 3 20 The Ascent Of Everest, Signed By Sir Edmund Hillary And Fellow “Everesters” John Hunt, Charles Evans, And George Lowe 16. (HILLARY, Edmund, et al.) HUNT, John. The Ascent of Everest. London, 1953. Octavo, original blue cloth, dust jacket. $4500. First edition, with eight color photographic plates, 48 half-tone plates and a number of in-text illustrations after penand-ink sketches, signed by Sir Edmund Hillary and fellow Everest climbers John Hunt (the author of the book), Charles Evans, and George Lowe. 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; it was a culminating moment in mountaineering history, and one of the great achievements of human stamina and will. The Ascent of Everest was written in one month by Sir John Hunt, the leader of the expedition, in order to satisfy the immediate demand around the world for the story of the British team’s success. 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. A near-fine signed copy.