New York: McGraw-Hill, 1954.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good in a very good dust jacket. 334 pp, with color illustrations form photographs. Bookplate of pioneering climber and author J. Monroe Thorington on front pastedown and inscribed on the front free endpaper "For Roy Thorington. Your support made this expedition possible. May this book bring you some of the excitement and the memories it did for all of us. C. Houston Dec. 1954." Addtionally, tipped in to the rear endpapers and flyleaf are an invitation to the screening of a film on the Italian ascent of K2 at the Explorer's Club, a New York Times article about that ascent, and a New York Times review of this book. There is offsetting from one of these clippings to the final page of text, otherwise text is clean. Mild rubbing to corners and base of spine; binding sound. In the original, priced dust jacket, which is somewhat sun-faded and has some creasing and rubbing to the lower edge. The compelling account of the Third American Karakoram Expedition, during which the party--led by Houston--was trapped by a blizzard for nine days above 25,000 feet. Neate H118: "Despite failure to reach the summit, this expedition is considered to be one of the pinnacles of American Himalayan mountaineering--a dramatic story which almost resulted in the destruction of the whole party during the descent."