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HIGH ADVENTURE 1955 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine SIGNED by Edmund Hillary
By Hillary, Edmund
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London, 1955, 1st UK edition. 224 pp, 22 ill. This is an original hardcover from 1955, with an original chipped or edge worn dust jacket. The book may have a non-author inscription or a bookplate on the end paper. Book and dust jacket are in Near Fine to Fine condition overall.

Ed Hillary's principal book on his Everest climb. Includes his description of the 1951 Reconnaissance expedition, the Cho Oyu attempt, and his Everest success. This is his first book. In 1953, when he was thirty-three years old, Edmund Hillary became the first man to stand at the summit of Mount Everest.

SIGNED on the title page by Edmund Hillary as Ed Hillary.


Hillary's signature was fairly consistent during his entire life. All his signatures look very  much like this one.


Ed Hillary sitting on his deck in Auckland New Zealand in August 2007.

He is holding the actual ice ax that he used on Mount Everest. 

We met with Ed Hillary many times from the 1980s to 2007, and these books were signed at any of our meetings during the last thirty years.

Hillary was always generous about autographing books for us, and in turn we made sizable contributions to the Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust. Hillary devoted his life, and the fame that his climb brought him, to helping the Sherpa people who live at the base of Mount Everest.  As porters and guides, Sherpas make it possible for outside climbers to reach the summit of Himalayan peaks, without carrying multiple loads up the peak themselves.

High Adventure is Hillary's definitive and entertaining memoir of his Himalayan quest, it takes us step by-step up the slopes of Everest, describing vividly and in great detail the agonizing climb that he and Tenzing Norgay embarked upon, the perils they faced, and the dramatic final ascent that forever secured them a place of honor in the annals of human exploration;By conquering Everest, the beekeeper and the Sherpa affirmed the power of humble determination--and won one for underdogs everywhere On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first human beings to conquer Mount Everest - Chomolungma, to its people - at 29,028 ft. the highest place on earth.
 
By any rational standards, this was no big deal. Aircraft had long before flown over the summit, and within a few decades literally hundreds of other people from many nations would climb Everest too. And what is particularly remarkable, anyway, about getting to the top of a mountain? Geography was not furthered by the achievement, scientific progress was scarcely hastened, and nothing new was discovered. Yet the names of Hillary and Tenzing went instantly into all languages as the names of heroes, partly because they really were men of heroic mold but chiefly because they represented so compellingly the spirit of their time.
 
The world of the early 1950s was still a little punch-drunk from World War II, which had ended less than a decade before. Everything was changing. Great old powers were falling, virile new ones were rising, and the huge, poor mass of Asia and Africa was stirring into self-awareness. Hillary and Tenzing went to the Himalayas under the auspices of the British Empire, then recognizably in terminal decline.
 
The expedition was the British Everest Expedition, 1953, and it was led by Colonel John Hunt, the truest of true English gentlemen. It was proper to the historical moment that one of the two climbers immortalized by the event came from a remote former colony of the Crown and the other from a nation that had long served as a buffer state of the imperial Raj.

This is Ed Hillary’s first book. It is a record of his climbing experiences through the first ascent of Mount Everest where Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit. This is a good book. Hillary’s excitement, energy, and drive for mountaineering are apparent here. The passages relating his first encounter, and then climbs, with Eric Shipton are delightful.

Also, his high esteem for George Lowe, Tenzing, and John Hunt is apparent. The book includes Hillary's adventures in the Nepal Himalaya prior to the 1953 Everest expedition: Sola Khumbu reconnaissance with Shipton and Ang Tharkay, Cho Oyu and crossing the Nup La.

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