• First Edition of The Conquest of Everest; Signed by John Hunt, Edmund Hillary, George Lowe, Charles Evans and James Morris

    Hunt, John; With a Chapter on the Final Assault by Edmund Hillary.

    The Conquest of Everest.

    New York: E.P. Dutton, 1954.

    First edition of this classic account of the first ascent of Mount Everest. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with 8 pages of  photographs in full color, and 48 pages in black and white, maps, sketches and drawings. Foreword by Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Boldly signed on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand by John Hunt, Edmund Hillary, George Lowe, Charles Evans and James Morris. The 1953 British Mount Everest expedition was the ninth mountaineering expedition to attempt the first ascent of Mount Everest, and the first confirmed to have succeeded when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit on Friday, 29 May 1953. Led by Colonel John Hunt, it was organized and financed by the Joint Himalayan Committee. News of the expedition’s success reached London in time to be released on the morning of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, 2 June. Charles Evans was John Hunt’s deputy leader on the expedition. With Tom Bourdillon, he made the first ascent of the South Summit, coming within three hundred feet of the main summit of Everest on 26 May 1953, but was forced to turn back. George Lowe helped prepare the route up the Lhotse Face towards the South Col at close to 8,000m altitude. On May 28th, Lowe, Alfred Gregory and Sherpa Ang Nyima, all carrying heavy loads, set out with Hillary and Tenzing as the support party for their summit attempt. Camp IX was established at 8,500m, then Lowe, Gregory and Ang Nyima descended to the South Col. The following day, May 29th, Hillary and Tenzing successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest. Lowe went on to direct a documentary film during the expedition, entitled The Conquest of Everest that was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. James Morris wrote for The Times, and in 1953 was its correspondent accompanying the British Mount Everest Expedition. Fine in a very good dust jacket.

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  • Signed Photograph of Mountaineer Edmund Hillary

    Hillary, Edmund.

    Edmund Hillary Signed Photograph.

    Original signed black and white photograph of Edmund Hillary, who on May 29,  1953, along with Tenzing Norgay, became the first climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of the ninth British expedition led by John Hunt. Boldly signed in his contemporary signature, “E.P. Hillary.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 5 inches by 4 inches. The entire piece measures 12.25 inches by 10.25 inches.

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  • Finely Bound Complete Collection of The Himalayan Journal: 1926-2001; from the library of Adventurer Steve Fossett

    The Himalayan Club.

    The Himalayan Journal. Records of the Himalayan Club.

    Calcutta: The Clarendon Press; and Bombay: Oxford University Press, 1929-2001.

    Finely bound complete collection of The Himalayan Journal from 1929 to 2001. Octavo, 57 volumes. Bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised gilt bands, illustrated with numerous maps, photogravures and panoramas. From the Adventure and Exploration collection of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. Provenance: from the collection of mountaineer Sir Peter Holmes, former president of the Hakluyt Society. Holmes and his wife, also a keen mountaineer, embarked on what would become a two-year honeymoon in the Himalayas in 1955. where they climbed 14 virgin peaks, which Holmes would later describe as “foothills compared to Everest – nothing higher than 22,000 feet.” In fine condition. An exceptional collection with noted provenance.

    Price: $6,500.00

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