PICTURE OF EVEREST. A book of full-colour reproductions of the Everest scene. Chosen and Explained by Alfred Gregory with an Introduction by Sir John Hunt

Gregory Alfred

Published by London Hodder and Stoughton 1954, 1954
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First edition, DELUXE ISSUE. A copy with fine provenance, coming from the collection of Eric Roberts, famed climber who was killed in an avalanche on Annapurna. 43 color photos taken by members of the British Mount Everest Expedition of 1953. The rear endpapers are a chart of the ascent. 4to, publisherís original deluxe and best binding of white parchment over boards with extensive gilt decorations on both covers and the spine, spine lettered in gilt, in the scarce navy blue paper dustjacket textured to look like buckram and boldly lettered in gilt on the the upper cover. [92] pp. A very good, bright and clean copy of this now scarce book, especially so in the deluxe binding and jacket. The text is completely free of the spotting and toning common on this title and is as bright as we have seen. The jacket with only the most trivial of toning to the spine. FIRST EDITION WITH PROVENANCE OF THIS SCARCE PICTORIAL ACCOUNT OF THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL EVEREST EXPEDITION. These early colour photos of Everest were taken during the first successful ascent of Everest by various members of the expedition. The book includes the famous shot of Tenzing at the summit, which served as the frontispiece to Sir John Hunt's THE ASCENT OF EVEREST. ". I have tried to select from the hundreds of colour pictures which we brought back [from Everest], a number which will be a record, for all time, of our adventure. No book can hope to do justice to the lonely beauty of Everest and the peaks of Khumbu, but I hope that through these pictures the reader will be able to share in some part our life on Everest, and to go with us, in fancy at least, across the colourful and exquisitely lovely land of Nepal. "Because something must always be left to the imagination the reader must reconstruct for himself, through these pictures, the real joys of Himalayan life: the scent of juniper smoke from our camps in the foothills at the twilight; the sudden breathtaking sight of prayer flags on the crest of a pass, leading the wanderer on to the inner sanctuary of the hills; or the thrill of a first glimpse of Everest, seen across the deep valleys of Khubu, a wave of rock and snow glinting in the sunlight, with a cloud plume blowing from its top. ".Climbing on Everest is a grim and determined battle with the forces of nature. Neither I nor the pictures themselves can tell much of the. unbelievable fatigue that can come to a climber toiling up the last slopes of the mountain, where he almost reaches the end of human endurance and lives at the physical limit of possible life; but these pictures will perhaps bring you nearer to our adventure, and say a little of why men climb" (authorís preface). Bookseller Inventory # 27760

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Title: PICTURE OF EVEREST. A book of full-colour ...

Publisher: London Hodder and Stoughton 1954

Publication Date: 1954

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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