New York: E.P. Dutton, 1954.
Hardcover. Very good in a near fine dust jacket. First American edition, signed on the front free endpaper by expedition members Edmund Hillary, George Lowe, and Charles Evans, and the London Times correspondent James Morris (now Jan Morris), who accompanied the party. xx, 300 pp, with index, photographic illustrations. Two-tone cloth boards have some old (inert) mildew spotting, internally clean and sound. Original owner's name at top of front free endpaper, well above the signatures. Dust jacket has minor creasing to top of front panel and one 1/4 inch closed tear. Original $6.00 price present. Account of the 1953 British Mount Everest Expedition, which, when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit on May 29, was the first confirmed complete ascent. Hunt led the expedition, with physician Charles Evans as his deputy. Evans was the leader of the first expedition to summit Kangchenjunga, the world's third highest peak, in 1955. George Lowe directed an Academy Award-nomnated documentary during the Everest expedition and went on to join the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition--the first to reach the South Pole by land since Amundsen (1911) and Scott (1912)--and to participate in many other notable mountaineering expeditions. Neate H135.