HIGH ADVENTURE

BY EDMUND HILLARY

1955 FIRST PRINTING OF FIRST UK EDITION

SIGNED BY EDMUND HILLARY AND GEORGE LOWE

HILLARY'S FIRST BOOK


This is the first printing of the first UK edition of HIGH ADVENTURE by Edmund Hillary. This book was published in London by Hodder & Stoughton in 1955. It has been signed by Hillary and Lowe on the title page. The book measures 209mm tall x 136mm, and has 256 pages, 1 colour & 67 b/w photos, 7 maps, nice sketches. Hillary’s first book (alone). This is his account of his climbing experiences through the first ascent of Everest. This is a good book. Hillary's excitement, energy, and drive for mountaineering are apparent here. The passages relating his first encounter, and then climbs, with Eric Shipton are delightful. George Lowe was Hillary's rope-mate of many climbs (before & after Everest) and he was the 1953 Everest team member who led the carry to the highest camp above the South Col in support of the summit climb. Other than the author, George Lowe has a bigger role in this book than any other climber. Hillary dedicated this book to George Lowe (and 3 other climbers).

CONDITION: Original blue boards, gilt lettering spine. Signed by Hillary and Lowe on the title page. Original dust jacket is in nice shape with a 1cm chip upper spine corner (touched-up on the backing paper of the jacket protector so that the chip does not show), 1cm tear upper rear, 3mm loss tip one corner, some darkening to spine. The book is in near fine condition with no foxing, no rubbing, no soiling, tight binding, previous owner name penned neatly to bottom of first blank page, no other previous owner marks or writing on any pages (except for the autographs of Hillary & Lowe). Price: SOLD.


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