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THE ASCENT OF EVEREST John Hunt 1953 SIGNED by 21 great climbers: Apa Sherpa, Anker, Beckey, Blanchard, Bonington, Bridwell, Diemberger, Erschler, Hall, Harrer, Herzog, Hillary, House, Kor, Messner, Roach, Robbins, Scott, Venables, Washburn, Whittake
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London, 1954, 1st edition, 1st printing. 300 pp, 48 plates. The book is an original hardcover with its original blue cloth binding, with an original dust jacket that is also in excellent condition, not chipped, torn or stained. We chose nice copies to get signed. The book and DJ are Fine.

Starting in the 1990s we started having access to Edmund Hillary, and later Reinhold Messner, and eventually most of the world's great climbers. We started getting books signed by authors and well known climbers. Eventually, at events where we met them, we started passing the books around and we had them all sign Ascent of Everest. What these climbers have in common is not that they climbed Everest, although many had.

What these climbers have in common is that they had successful climbing careers. Most did notable first ascents, and people who are respected by the climbing community, and in many cases by the general public. It just made sense to use this book to have a lot of great climbers rubbing elbows with each other. 

If you want to collect just one book signed by Ed Hillary, and other great climbers such as Reinhold Messner and Maurice Herzog, this is probably the one to have. This is 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.  

This copy is SIGNED by 25 or more of these great climbers: Apa Sherpa, Conrad Anker, Fred Beckey, Barry Blanchard, Chris Bonington, Jim Bridwell, Kurt Diemberger, Phil Ershler, Lincoln Hall, Heinrich Harrer, Maurice Herzog, Edmund Hillary, Steve House,  Layton Kor, Reinhold Messner, Gerry Roach, Royal Robbins,  Doug Scott, Stephen Venables, Bradford Washburn, Jim Whittaker

As of April 2022 when we listed this book on our website for the first time, ten of the 21 climbers have passed away. 

We personally obtained all these signatures in person over the past thirty-five years. These books have crossed the country several times, and the Atlantic Ocean several times as well!

By conquering Everest, the beekeeper and the Sherpa affirmed the power of humble determination -- and brought pride to many westerners, and to all Asians. On May 29, 1953 Edmund Hillary of Auckland and Tenzing Norgay of Darjeeling became the first human beings to conquer Mount Everest -- Chomolungma to its people -- at 29,028 ft. the highest place on earth. Tenzing became the first Asian to become world famous, who was not a politician or a soldier. 

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. Good men conquer evil and cheat death, for a while. 

The world of the early 1950s was a time of world change. The old empires were falling, virile new ones were rising, and the huge, poor masses of Asia and Africa was stirring into self-awareness. 

The first uber mensch personal record was broken by Charles Lindbergh on May 2021, 1927. Twenty years later Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, on 14 October 1947. 

Other sports record were being broken; The 4 minute mile barrier was broken on 6 May 1954, and in baseball 61 home runs would be hit in a season ending October 1, 1961. The later drug scandals that helped a few athletes to break 60 home runs, and the fact that they cannot now without drugs, proves how great Roger and The Babe really were. As great as Mallory and Messner.

As for the 8000 meter peaks, after numerous attempts, on June 3, 1950 the first 8000 peak to be climbed was Annapurna. In only 14 years the other 13 were climbed, finishing with Shishapangma in 1964. Then Reinhold climbed them all in 16 years. Then Jerzy in 14 years. Now Nims Purja climbed them all in 6 months and 6 days. That is faster than it takes a person to be born!

For anybody who follows mountaineering, the prize had always been Mount Everest. Some of the world's best climbers had failed, which I personally cannot understand. Those boys in the 1930s and 1950s were fit! It was not a physical barrier, it was a mental one. 

Working class born Ed Hillary and Tenzing Norgay went to the Himalayas under the auspices of the British Empire, an outfit 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.

But it turns out that not being born in the ''upper classes'' might actually be good for your climbing resume. 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. Neither was a British citizen!

The poor British, who invented mountain climbing, who invented writing books about mountain climbing, who invented climbing the Himalayas, and who invented climbing Mount Everest,  had to wait their turn until Doug Scott and Dougal Haston did it on September 24, 1975. 




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