CONQUEST OF EVEREST, 1953
Sir John HUNT. The Ascent of Everest. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1953. 8° (22.1 x 14.5cm). plates, some coloured, original cloth (slight damp damage to lower outer corner of upper cover), dust jacket.
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, SIGNED ON THE DEDICATION LEAF BY 13 EXPEDITION MEMBERS. John Hunt, Michael Ward, Charles Wylie, George Band, Griffith Pugh, Tom Bourdillon, Wilfrid Noyce, Michael Westmacott, George Lowe, Edmund Hillary, Charles Evans, Tom Stobart and Alfred Gregory, additionally inscribed on front pastedown 'Thanks for your good wishes & help before & during the Everest day. Best wishes from George Lowe. Christmas 1953.' Of the main players in the final act of the Everest drama only sherpa Tensing and The Times correspondant James [Jan] Morris have failed to sign.