HIGH IN THE THIN COLD AIR
THE STORY OF THE HIMALAYAN EXPEDITION
LED BY SIR EDMUND HILLARY
SPONSORED BY WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA
BY EDMUND HILLARY & DESMOND DOIG
1962 USA EDITION
SIGNED BY EDMUND HILLARY
This is the second printing of the first USA edition of HIGH IN THE THIN COLD AIR by Edmund Hillary & Desmond Doig. This book was published in Garden City by Doubleday & Co in 1962. It has been signed by Hillary on the title page, a nice strong signature with no fading. This is the same format with the same contents of the first printing, the only difference being the lack of "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. The book measures 240mm tall x 153mm, and has 254 pages, 62 color & 20 b/w photos, 2 maps, EP map, index. The USA edition was published before the UK edition and has color photos (UK ed does not) and more photos than the UK edition. Account of the Himalayan Scientific & Mountaineering Expedition, 1960-61. The expedition had objectives of searching for the yeti, studying prolonged effects of staying above 19000', climb Makalu. Yeti results were interesting, Makalu climb near disastrous but quite close to summit, effects of staying high long clearly shown to be deleterious. Team members Barry Bishop, Mike Ward, Wally Ramones, & Mike Gill made the first ascent of Ama Dablam (6856m), a fine climb.
CONDITION: Original grey cloth, blue title patch spine with silver lettering. The book is in clean, sharp condition with very minor bumps corners, no previous owner marks or writing on any pages (other than Hillary's signature), no foxing, solid binding. The dust jacket has two small 5mm tears upper edge, some rubbing at the corners. Price: $125.
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