"THE NEXT BOUND I EXPECTED TO TAKE ME OVER A CLIFF IN A TERRIBLE DROP THAT WOULD FINISH IT ALL": K2—THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN, SIGNED BY SIX MEMBERS OF THE 1953 EXPEDITION
HOUSTON, Charles S. and BATES, Robert H. K2. The Savage Mountain. New York: McGraw-Hill, (1954). Octavo, original half red cloth, original dust jacket. $1350.
First edition of this story of the disaster-struck Third American Karakoram Expedition, signed by six members of the 1953 expedition.
Standing at 28,238 feet, second only to Everest in height, K2 is generally considered to be the most difficult and dangerous peak in the world. In 1953 the Third American Karakoram Expedition attempted an alpine ascent of the mountain, a near-disaster chronicled by the team's surviving members in The Savage Mountain and one of the best-known stories in the annals of mountaineering. With 20 pages of photographs, eight in color. Signed Dee Molenaar, Pete Schoening, Bob Craig, Tony Streather, Bob Bates, and Charles Houston. Owner signature on signature page. Small bookseller ticket.
Book with interior generally fine, faint dampstain to base of spine, and only slight rubbing. Dust jacket with vertical creases to front panel and flaps, a bit of wear to extremities and mild toning to spine. An extremely good multi-signed copy.