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THE QUEST FOR MOUNT EVEREST: A BOOK OF 30 POSTCARDS Royal Geographical Society. 3 copies available
By Royal Geographical Society.
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2009. This book features 30 rare and dramatic images of early climbing expeditions to Mount Everest, including a color photograph of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on the Southeast Ridge the day before they reached the summit in 1953, as well as a black and white photo with a naked George Mallory (having just forded a stream) on the 1922 expedition. 

The postcard book is one of a series that collects beautifully reproduced images with cultural or historical significance, introduced with a short essay. Tear out the oversized cards and mail them (with post card postage), or put them up on the wall, or keep them intact as miniature art books. New, size is 5''x7''.
 
When the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India published a description of a mountain “most probably the highest in the world” in 1856, no local name could be found—it was simply “Peak XV.” (Later the Tibetan and Nepali names—Chomolungma and Sagarmatha—became well known.) Andrew Waugh, the surveyor general of India, proposed “to perpetuate the memory of that illustrious master of geographical research,” Sir George Everest, by naming the peak for him. Everest had preceded Waugh as surveyor general. Also, he pronounced his name as 'Eave-rest, not ever-rest! The gesture was soon endorsed in London by the secretary of state for India and the Royal Geographical Society.

When Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the summit of that illustrious peak, at 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953, it was a culmination of over thirty years of British expeditions to the mountain. Beginning with the first British assault on the summit in 1922, when George Finch and Geoffrey Bruce reached 27,300 feet, the expeditions continued in spite of a tragic setback in 1924 when climbers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine perished, through Eric Shipton’s efforts in the 1930s, to the heroic images of the successful 1953 expedition led by John Hunt.

The collection of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) records the key moments in British mountaineering history with more than twenty thousand photographs, as well as maps, archival documents, and artifacts relating to the nine British expeditions. Everest, which stands at 8,850 meters (29,035 feet), continues to be a massive draw to mountaineers from all over the world who wish to share in the achievement of reaching the summit.

Thirty color reproductions bound in a handy postcard collection. Oversized postcards measure 5'' x 7''. 

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