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SIR EDMUND HILLARY: AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE 1st NZ ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Ed Hillary and Alexa Johnston
By Johnston, Alexa
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Auckland, 2005, 1st NZ edition. 232 pp, many color and b/w photos. Large format hardcover with dust jacket. Fine. We were lucky to have been in New Zealand when this book was published. So we were able to get first NZ editions, and visited both Ed Hillary and Alexa Johnston and get the books signed on the spot! We originally had 50 copies and sold them out immediately when we returned to Colorado. This is the first copy we were able to buy back from one of the collectors we originally sold it to 15 years ago.  

SIGNED by Ed Hillary and author Alexa Johnston.


Due to the large size and weight of this book we will request extra funds for Media, Priority or International Mail. 

This lavishly illustrated, fully authorized biography follows the life of legendary explorer Sir Edmund Hillary-from his historic 1953 Everest climb to his adventures in New Zealand and the Pacific, Antarctica, North America, and India to his philanthropic achievements for the Sherpa people. 

Alexa Johnston is a freelance writer and curator of a recent Washington, D.C. and Auckland exhibition on Hillary's life. She spent eighteen months working closely with Sir Edmund and Lady Hillary and was given free access to Sir Edmund's archives, building up a detailed understanding of his life and met many of the people who have been his closest associates and friends. 

Over 50 years after his memorable ascent of Everest, this book tells the full story of Sir Edmund Hillary's extraordinary life--from his expeditions to remote corners of the world to his humanitarian activities serving the Sherpa people. Drawing on his personal archives, it is an intimate but inspiring portrait ofa revered yet modest man who has lived life to the full--surviving personal tragedies as well as achieving historic triumphs, earning worldwide fame, and displaying tireless philanthropy. Ranging from the roof of the world to the frozen extremes of the South Pole, 'Reaching the Summit' is a fitting and revealing tribute to a great man.

From Publishers Weekly

Explorer and philanthropist Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Mount Everest more than 50 years ago, gets the royal treatment in an illustrated, coffee-table–size biography that is lavish, well designed and beautifully printed, even by DK's high standards. From early 20th-century family photos through previously unpublished diary pages from Hillary's Everest expedition to his groundbreaking work building a hospital and schools for the Himalayan Sherpa community, the range of Hillary's life and work is presented in almost obsessive detail, and many of the photos from his climbs are breathtaking. 'Official biographer' Johnston was guest curator of an exhibition in 2002 on Hillary at the Auckland War Memorial Museum; this book is a direct product. And while Hillary's many adventures have been recounted in many other memorable books — including his own autobiography — Johnston's text is thorough. Sidebars profiling the various people who were intimately involved with Hillary's work —especially a long section highlighting the many accomplishments of the first Sherpa students to attend the school built by Hillary in the 1960s—impressively show Hillary's continuing human impact.


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