HUNT, John. The Ascent of Everest.

London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1953.


8vo. Original cloth, in original dust-wrapper (supplied from another copy); pp. xx, 300; 64 illustrations from photographs, including 8 in colour, maps, plans and illustrations to text; cloth a little faded and rubbed, a little spotted initially and at the end, else a very good copy, profusely signed and annotated on title-verso and opposite dedication page; provenance: bookplate and signature, dated November 12, 1953 inside front cover and oppsite fly-leaf by one C.B. Joulman [? Joulman, Soulman].

First edition, with a veritable mountaineering autograph collection. An account of the greatest mountaineering feat of the 20th century by the leader of the expedition Sir John Hunt (his signature on laid-down paper on dedication page). On title-verso are the signatures of the climbing instrucor, writer and member of the first susscessful ascent of Everest by the South West Face (1975), Allen Fyffe, Ronnie Richards, member of the same team, and Dougal Haston, who during that 1975 climbing expedition had reached the summit together with Doug Scott. Haston was killed in an avalanche in January 1977 while skiing alone in the Swiss Alps. On the laid down paper on the oppesite page are collected signatures of Sir Edmund Hillary, Tom Bourdillon, who had been in charge of oxigen during the 1953 ascent. He died in a mountaineering accident in 1956. Underneath, and above the author's signature is that of the youngest climber of the the British 1953 Everest expedition, George Christopher Band, and that of the author. Two years later he and Joe Brown became the first climbers to ascend Kangchenjunga.

Neate 135; Yakushi 269a.