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MOUNT EVEREST: THE RECONNAISSANCE 1921. Large paper limited edition Howard-Bury, C.K 1922
By Howard-Bury, C.K
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London, 1922, 1st edition. 356 pp, plates, maps. TEG. Large octavo. This is number 54 out of 200 of a copy of the large paper limited edition that includes 14 extra plates.  The Book and Vellum Spine are bright and Fine.

Extra postage will be requested for Prioirity or International Mail. 

This was the first expedition to approach Everest. The discovery of the Rongbuk Glacier route to the North col and other northern approaches to Everest makes this one of the most important books about the mountain.
 
This is the rarest and most collectible on Mount Everest. In 1921, the British organised the first official expedition to Mount Everest, having been granted permission for the undertaking by the Dalia Lama the previous year. The expedition intended a reconnaissance of the mountain prior to the actual assault (planned for 1922). George Mallory joined the party, which included also other capable climbers and a team of surveyors.
 
Although the death of A.M. Kellas from 'over-exertion' marred the expedition, it did not prevent the successful completion of the reconnaissance. The tremendous reception given the returning expedition and its intrinsic importance accounts for the existence of this deluxe version of the leader's official account - copies of which have become uncommon.

This is the account of the reconnaissance expedition to Mount Everest in 1921, led by the author, to establish the groundwork for a complete assault on the summit by the British Everest Expedition in 1922. George Mallory was the driving force in this as well as the 1922 and 1924 expeditions. 


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