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ANNAPURNA FIRST CONQUEST OF AN 8000-METER PEAK [26,493 feet] 1st US ed Hardcover No DJ Near Fine SIGNED by Maurice Herzog Multiple copies available
By Herzog, Maurice
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New York, 1953, 1st edition. 316 pp, 3 color photos, 25 b/w photos, 8 maps, 1 foldout. Hardcover with No Dust Jacket, Near Fine condition.

We have a few Signed copies of the true first American edition of Annapurna with no Dust Jacket (The American edition is the best edition, better than the UK and even the French, which was a paperback).

The first American edition itself is fairly scarce, but what is nearly impossible to get are first edition dust jackets, which are different from the later printings. 

 
SIGNED by Maurice Herzog! (see below)
 
 
 
 
Maurice Herzog signing Annapurnas for us in the 1990s-2000s.
 


Above: The copyright page of the first American edition of Annapurna. 



Above: Title Page of the first American edition of Annapurna. 
There were many reprints of Annapurna in 1953, and they all have 
title pages identical to this one. The Dutton reprints have this same title page.  

The next page, the reverse side of the title page, is the copyright page, and Annapurna reprints may say what printing it is, such ''5th printing.'' The dust jackets of the first edition do not have any comments on what printing of edition. The first edition DJs also do not have blurbs in red ink from book reviews. All later printing DJs do have review blurbs in red ink. 

Also in many cases the dust jackets of later printings from the Second Printing onwards may say what printing it is. But only First Editions actually say ''First Edition'' and only on the copyright page (above) and nothing on the DJ. 

This is a longer description of the book:

This is the most popular and inspiring narrative in the literature of mountaineering, and the first to become a 'bestseller.' The story of the French team that explored Dhaulagiri, discovered the approach to Annapurna, and made the 1st ascent.  Near Fine.
 
The gripping story of a major event in mountain climbing history with a sketch map of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massifs in Nepal. This is an account of the 1950 French expedition to the Himalayas by its leader, Maurice Herzog and is a must read for anyone who is interested in high altitude climbing. The book itself chronicles the attempt by the French to climb an 8,000-meter peak in the Himalayas. They had two alternatives: Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
 
In those days, the Himalayas were largely uncharted and any topographical maps which existed at the time proved to be largely incorrect. So, the French expedition spent a large portion of their time in reconnaissance. Not only were they there to climb the mountain, they first had to find a way to get to it and then map out a route on the unknown terrain to the summit. Ultimately, they chose to climb Annapurna. The climb took place without the sophisticated equipment or protective clothing available today. This was before Gore-tex and freeze-dried foods.
 
This climb was made before Nepal or climbing the Himalayas became a major tourist attraction. The conditions for travelers were extremely primitive and difficult under the best of circumstances. When the expedition finally finds a route to Annapurna, the reader almost feels like cheering for them. When they start to climb, one senses that, in comparison to latter day expeditions, they were not so well equipped or savvy about the dangers one can encounter during a high altitude climb or the risks in doing it without supplemental oxygen, as they did. Then one realizes that they were pioneers. They were paving the way for others.
 
The climb to the summit by Maurice Herzog and his partner, Louis Lachenal, is interesting, but it is their harrowing descent and return to civilization which is riveting. The two summiteers began their descent inauspiciously enough but soon ran into difficulties. They were fortunate enough to encounter two of their fellow climbers, Lionel Terray and Gaston Rebuffat, who were contemplating their own summit assault but, instead, chose to aid their comrades in their descent, foregoing their own quest for the summit.
 
The travails which the climbers encountered on the descent would have finished off less hardy souls. Maurice Herzog lost his gloves during the descent and had no spare pair. One of climbers fell into a crevasse which, believe it or not, turned out to be a good thing. They were caught in an avalanche. They got lost in a storm. They became frostbitten and two of them were, ultimately, forced to endure amputations. The medical treatment they received by the expedition doctor was unbelievable and almost primitive.
 
Employing treatments for frostbite that have since fallen onto disrepute (excruciatingly painful arterial injections, for example), the doctor was almost frightening, at times. The reader cannot help but feel pity for the suffering the injured climbers endured: maggot ridden flesh, amputations without anesthesia, and lack of proper medical care for a protracted period of time. Translated from the French by Nea Morin and Janet Adam Smith. Introduction by Eric Shipton.

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