SIGNED BY SIR EDMUND HILLARY, TENZING NORGAY, CHARLES WYLIE AND WILFRED NOYCE
(HILLARY, Edmund) HUNT, John. The Ascent of Everest. (London): Hodder and Stoughton, (1953). Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $6200.
First edition, with eight color photographic plates, 48 black-and-white plates, and a number of in-text illustrations, signed by the first two men to reach the summit of Everest, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, and two other members of their historic 1953 Everest expedition team, Charles Wylie and Wilfred Noyce.
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 by Sir John Hunt, the leader of the expedition, in one month to satisfy the great 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. With dust jacket design by W. Heaton Cooper. Neate 393. Tenzing Norgay has also dated his signature "29/10/57." Norgay only very infrequently visited England, but was there from the 27th of October to the 11th of November, mainly to attend the centenary dinner of the Alpine Club in London. Books signed by him are quite scarce.
Book about-fine with only very mild toning to spine head, bright dust jacket near-fine with mild rubbing to spine ends. A very desirable multi-signed copy.