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THE ASCENT OF EVEREST John Hunt 1st UK edition DJ Fine SIGNED by Edmund Hillary and John Hunt
By Hunt, John. With Sir Edmund Hillary
Price: $450.00


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The Ascent of Everest 1st edition

SIGNED by Ed Hillary and John Hunt

London, 1953, 1st UK edition. 300 pp, 48 plates. The official account of the first ascent of Mount Everest. Chapter on the on final assault written by Edmund Hillary. If you want to collect just one book signed by Sir Edmund Hillary, this is the one to have. DJ, Fine condition. 

John Hunt was the leader of the expedition and has rightly been held largely responsible for the success of the expedition. He was chosen to lead by the Mount Everest Committee and as an UK army officer he had experience in leading men under stress. Plus he had quite a bit of Himalayan, Karakoram and Alpine climbing under his belt. The organization of the team was very well carried out.

There is an expression about military people and combat that applies to John Hunt. Amateurs discuss tactics, professional discuss logistics.

We personally obtained the Hillary signature in person in one of our several meetings with Edmund Hillary over the past twenty-five years. The John Hunt signature is on the title page, and is authentic, as we have personally seen his signature in other books and can authenticate it.
 

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