TWICE SIGNED BY SIR EDMUND HILLARY
(HILLARY, Edmund) HUNT, John. The Ascent of Everest. (London): Hodder and Stoughton, (1953). Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $950.
First edition, with eight color photographic plates, 48 black-and-white plates, and a number of in-text illustrations after pen-and-ink sketches, boldly signed on the title page and on the first page of Chapter 16 (which he wrote) by Edmund Hillary.
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. Laid-in typed letter from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society inviting the recipient to attend a public lecture and film presentation by Sir Edmund Hillary on Thursday, July 13, 1978 to benefit the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation.
Book near-fine, with shallow foxing to edges, only light rubbing and toning to extremities. Dust jacket very good, with mild staining and toning and only a few small chips to extremities. A desirable twice-signed copy.