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  • Noyce, Wilfrid; (Sir John Hunt, Foreword)

    Published by William Heinemann, Melbourne, Australia, 1954

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    Hard Cover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. A.J. Veilhan (Line Drawings & End-Papers) (illustrator). First Edition, First Thus. Text/Bright & clean w/open hinge to pg 108. Blue linen boards/VG w/short lesions to lower spine edge, and showing discoloration to spine & surface. No Jacket. Upper text edge dyed blue. Memoir of Wilfrid Noyce, team member of the 1953 9th British Expedition, lead by Sir John Hunt (Foreword), in which Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing scale Everest. This is the memoir of Wilfrid Noyce in scaling South Col which lies between Mount Everest and Lhotse, the first and fourth highest mountains in the world. It is a final stepping stone for climbers approaching Everest from the southeast ridge in Nepal. Wilfrid Noyce and the Sherpa Annullu were the first climbers on the expedition to reach the Col. Sir John Hunt recorded: "It was 2.40 p.m. Wilfrid Noyce and his companion Annullu stood at that moment above the South Col of Everest, at about 26,000 feet. .they were . looking upwards to the final pyramid of Everest itself. It was a great moment . shared by all of us who watched it. Their presence there was symbolic of our success in overcoming the most crucial problem of the whole climb; they had reached an objective which we had been striving to attain for twelve anxious days." Strong copy.

  • Noyce, Wilfrid; Foreword by Sir John Hunt

    Published by William Heinemann Ltd, London, 1954

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    First edition of Noyce's firsthand account of the ascent of South Col. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with photogravures and maps including frontispiece. Foreword by Sir John Hunt. Signed by 1953 Mount Everest British expedition member George Band on the title page. George Christopher Band George was the youngest climber on the 1953 British expedition to Mount Everest. From the library of mountaineer and author Richard Sale with his signed bookplate opposite the title page. Very good in a good dust jacket.

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    Noyce, Wilfrid; Foreword by Sir John Hunt

    Published by William Heinemann Ltd, London, 1954

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    First edition of Noyce's firsthand account of the ascent of South Col. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with photogravures and maps including frontispiece. Foreword by Sir John Hunt. Association copy, signed by Noyce on the title page and inscribed by him on the front free endpaper to Susan Hunt, "Susan Hunt, Specially - We hope it may while some hours away & that you are not tired with the subject. Rosemary & Wilf Jan 1955." The recipient, Susan Hunt, was the daughter of Sir John Hunt, the leader of the first expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. Susan Hunt married New Zealand-born mountaineer George Lowe, a member of the 1953 expedition, in 1962. During the expedition, Lowe prepared the route from the head of the Western Cwm up the Lhotse Face towards the South Col. He was a member of the support party for Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay's summit attempt and the day before the successful summit, with Alfred Gregory and Sherpa Ang Nyima, descended to the South Col to await Hillary and Norgay's descent. Upon their meeting, Hillary delivered his infamous greeting: "Well, George, we knocked the bastard off." With Lowe's bookplate to the pastedown. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional association copy.