Hillary, Sir Edmund
Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1955, First U.K. Edition. 224 pp, 9 maps, 31 plates including 68 B&W photos plus 14 line drawings by George Djurkovic. Hillary's classic covers the Everest 1951 reconnaissance and the British 1953 first ascent. In his first book, Hillary gives his account of the historic climb with Tenzing Norgay. Mostly written from a forthright and modest viewpoint, Hillary gives his impressions of all the personalities, the plans and difficulties. When returning from their summit climb he greeted George Lowe in the Western Cwm with what has become an iconic Kiwi saying, 'Well George, we knocked the bastard off!' Signed by 'E.P. Hillary' on Half-Title Page. Bit of foxing on endpapers and Title Page, clean internally. Signed First Edition now Rare. Slightly chipped Dustjacket, VG.