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THE CONQUEST OF EVEREST John Hunt 1954 SIGNED by Ed Hillary, Reinhold Messner & 40 other great climbers!
By Hunt, John. With Edmund Hillary
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Title Pages of John Hunt THE CONQUEST OF EVEREST 

Signed by 40+ great climbers.





SIGNED by these great climbers:

Vernon Tejas, Eric Simonson, Gerry Roach, Pat Morrow, Brad Washburn, Chris Bonington, Goran Kropp, Sharon Wood, Jamling Tenzing, Babu Chirri Sherpa, Rick Ridgeway, Marc Francis Twight, Ed Hillary, Peter Habeler, Reinhold Messner, Kurt Diemberger, John Roskelley, Maurice Herzog, Kristiof Wielicki, Mark Wellman, Pete Schoening, Jon Krakauer, Jeff Lowe, Stephen Venables, Tom Hornbein, Doug Scott, Apa Sherpa, Jim Whittaker, Fred Beckey, Layton Kor, Royal Robbins, Nick Clinch, Tomaz Humar, Barry Blanchard, Ed Webster, Greg Child, Jim Wickwire, Conrad Anker, Steve House. 

We personally obtained all these signatures over the last 30+ years! This book has traveled a lot, across the USA several times, to Canada, and across the Atlantic Ocean several times!

New York, 1954, 1st edition. 300 pp, 48 plates. The official account of the first ascent of Mount Everest; this is the first book written about the climb. Chapter 16 on the on final assault was written by Edmund Hillary. DJ, Near Fine. 

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.


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