HIGH IN THE THIN COLD AIR, SIGNED BY SIR EDMUND HILLARY
HILLARY, Edmund and DOIG, Desmond. High in the Thin Cold Air. Garden City: Doubleday, 1962. Octavo, original gray cloth, cartographic endpapers, original dust jacket. $600.
First edition of this account of the 1960-61 Himalayan Scientific and Mountaineering Expedition, signed by Hillary on the title page. Illustrated with 36 pages of color and eight pages of black-and-white photographs.
This expedition, sponsored by the World Book Encyclopedia, had two objectives: to study how the Sherpa people, famous for their mountaineering skills, were able to survive the Himalayan winters at high altitude, and to explore the legend of the Yeti, better known as the Abominable Snowman. Noted Everester Hillary and his team were struck down by altitude-induced illness while attempting to scale Mount Amadablam, and an attempt to climb Mount Makalu without supplementary oxygen also failed. Although some bones and furs were collected from the Sherpas and sent for scientific analysis, evidence of the existence of the Yeti was inconclusive. With maps depicting the assault routes on Mounts Amadablam and Makalu. Published one year before the English edition, which lacked the color photographs found in the American edition. Neate 371. Owner signature; gift inscription.
Book fine; dust jacket bright with light edge-wear. An extremely good signed copy.