SIGNED BY SIR EDMUND HILLARY
(HILLARY, Edmund) HUNT, John. The Conquest of Everest. With a Chapter on the Final Assault by Sir Edmund Hillary. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1954. Octavo, original tan and blue pictorial cloth, original dust jacket. $1000.
First American edition, signed by Sir Edmund Hillary on the title page, with eight color photographic plates, 48 black-and-white plates, and a number of in-text illustrations after pen-and-ink sketches.
"A definitive account worth reading" (Krawczyk 465). 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 Conquest of Everest was written by Sir John Hunt, the leader of the expedition. 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. Preceded by the English edition of 1953, titled The Ascent of Everest. Neate 393. Owner ink signature on rear free endpaper.
Book fine, price-clipped dust jacket with shallow wear to head of toned spine, extremely good.