Houston, Charles and Bates, Robert. K2 THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1954, First American Edition, Signed First. 334 pp, 2 maps and lovely line drawings by Clarence Doore, 27 B&W and 9 colour photographs. Exceptional story of the 1953 American attempt on this most difficult 8,000 meter peak which became one of the most riveting and dramatic climbs in mountaineering history. Pinned down by storm high on K2, Gilkey developed blood clots and had to be taken down. Roped up on descent through storm, during a fall Pete Schoening made an incredible belay and saved seven members. Inscribed and Signed by Houston and Bates on first free endpaper. Related Ephemera loosely inserted. Rare Dustjacket, slightly chipped, Near Fine.