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EVEREST: THE HISTORY OF THE HIMALAYAN GIANT Roberto Mantovani 1997 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by 11: Breashears, Bonington, Webster, Hornbein, Diemberger, Messner, Morrow, Tabei, Wielicki, Karo and Babu Chiri Sherpa
By Mantovani, Roberto and Kurt Diemberger
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England, Swan Hill, 1997, 1st UK edition. 144 pp, 144 b/w and color photos. Original blue cloth large format hardcover with gold lettering on spine and front cover, dust jacket. Fine condition.

SIGNED on the title page by David Breashears, Chris Bonington, Ed Webster, Tom Hornbein, Kurt Diemberger, Reinhold Messner, Pat Morrow, Junko Tabei, Krzysztof Wielicki, Silvo Karo and Babu Chiri Sherpa.

This is a heavy, large format book. Extra postage will be requested for Media Mail, Priority Mail and International Mail.

An up-to-date history of the highest mountain in the world. Includes ascents through 1996, many photos. This coffee-table book is full of gorgeous photos and contains a great deal of in-depth information, though obviously not including records from the past few years. It is at least as well-illustrated as Coburn's book and seems to be written for a more knowledgeable audience. Overall, it's ''the'' classic large format book on Everest.

The mighty, inaccessible peaks of Mt. Everest have always posed an irresistible challenge to those motivated to test their mettle against the harsh conditions. Packed with spectacular archival and specially commissioned photographs, this book examines the history of Everest mountaineering through thrilling journey reports.

The authors describe in detail the planning required for such a monumental climb and the technical means used in the Everest climbing adventures of modern mountaineering. The narrative recounts the various chapters in the mountaineering history of Everest, from the first reconnaissance in 1921 to the first victorious climb and the accomplishments-and failures-of recent decades. We meet the ambitious adventurers, revel in their triumphs, and experience the tragedies as well. Throughout the book the lively text and vivid photographs transport readers on a journey they will never forget.

About the Author
Roberto Mantovani is a researcher at the National Mountaineering Museum of Turin. He has written several volumes on skiing and hiking, including K2 (White Star), which he co-authored with Kurt Diemberger, and has curated exhibitions at the National Mountaineering Museum of Turin.

Kurt Diemberger has climbed some of the world's most daunting peaks, and was the first to climb two of them: the Broad Peak and the
Dhaulagiri. He has produced several major documentaries on his experiences.

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