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THE ASCENT OF EVEREST John Hunt 1953 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Edmund Hillary 3 copies available
By Hunt, John. With Sir Edmund Hillary
Price: $229.00


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Ed Hillary and Michael Chessler at our bookshop in 1990.

London, 1953, 1st UK edition. 300 pp, 48 plates. If you want to collect just one book signed by Ed Hillary, this is probably the one to have. 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. Nice DJ, Near Fine - Fine.

CONDITION OF A FINE BOOK:

This book is in Fine condition, which means that there is no other writing in the book other than Edmund Hillary's signature. It does not have an old gift inscription or a previous owner's name, address, rubber stamp or bookplate. It is not soiled, not stained, not worn, is not foxed or yellowed. The hinges are tight and have not been repaired. The exterior is clean and is not faded, or perhaps slightly faded on the spine.  The dust jacket is original, not a copy, and has no missing pieces (chips) or significant wear. It may be price clipped. There may be slight rubbing on the edges of the dust jacket, but no paper is missing. The DJ is covered in a clear plastic jacket protector. The book is 68 years old and is not a perfectly new book. The book and dust jacket are in Fine or Near Fine condition. Near Fine means real nice but not perfect. There are no flaws not described.





SIGNED by Edmund Hillary, as Ed Hillary 
 
We personally obtained this signature in person in one of our several meetings with Edmund Hillary over the past thirty-five years. The photos above was taken in our bookshop in 1992.

The expedition was the British Everest Expedition, 1953, and it was led by Colonel John Hunt, the truest of true English gentlemen. The English had been trying to climb Everest since 1922, and had failed five times. This was their last shot; the Swiss had tried twice in 1952, and were going to return in 1954. So the team was chosen using the strongest, most experienced climbers from Great Britain and New Zealand. Their Sirdar was the strongest high altitude climber alive, and unlike many of his countrymen, he had the drive to make the top. 

By conquering Everest, the beekeeper and the Sherpa affirmed the power of humble determination -- and won one for underdogs everywhere. On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first human beings to conquer Mount Everest -- Chomolungma, to its people -- at 29,028 feet, the highest place on earth.

By any rational standards, this was no big deal. Aircraft had 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.


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