Herzog, Maurice. ANNAPURNA. E.P, Dutton, New York, 1953, First American Edition. 316 pp, 7 maps and 1 foldout panorama of the Great Barrier seen from Camp II, attached to rear free endpaper. Frontispiece and 2 other Colour-Gravure illustrations; 24 Monochrome Gravure illustrations. Crisp, clean Signed First American Edition of an historic and groundbreaking tale. Very first ascent of an 8,000 meter peak, Annapurna, was accomplished by this French expedition in 1952. One of the great landmarks in mountaineering (Neate: H74). Above all, Annapurna is a thrilling story of exploration, and of multitudes of hardships overcome. Their team found and mapped their way to the base of the peak. Next steps were to find the best route, and then to climb it. However, ultimate success came with permanent loss. Cost paid is dramatically told, building intensity to the end. Signed by Maurice Herzog on Half- Title Page. Book is First Edition, First printing, Dustjacket states third printing, slightly chipped with small piece missing on back, in archival cover, front bright. First Edition, Near Fine.