SIGNED BY JOHN HUNT
(HILLARY, Edmund) HUNT, John. The Ascent of Everest. London: University of London Press, (1954). Octavo, contemporary full pictorial brown calf gilt. $550.
"Edited and Abridged Edition for Schools" of this first-person narrative of the 1953 Everest expedition, with numerous photographic and illlustrated plates, signed on the half title: "John Hunt 15-10-62," handsomely bound in full calf-gilt depicting Everest.
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. This edition was published a year after the first edition. See Neate 393.
Dampstain and paper repair on signed half title not touching signature, a few faint spots of soiling to interior, only slight rubbing to binding. An extremely good copy.