EVEREST THE WEST RIDGE

by Thomas E. Hornbein

1965 First Edition

SIGNED by Hornbein and Whittaker


This is the first printing of the first USA edition of EVEREST THE WEST RIDGE by Dr. Tom Hornbein. It was published in San Francisco by the Sierra Club in 1965. This example has been signed by Hornbein and Jim Whittaker on the title page. This large book is folio in size, measuring 35cm tall x 26cm, and has 201 pages, including 89 fine color plates. It is the classic account of the first ascent of the west ridge & the first traverse of Mt. Everest. The lavish, glossy full page photos are impressive.

CONDITION: Original grey cloth, gilt decorated cover, gilt lettering cover & spine. This book is signed by the author, Thomas Hornbein on the title page. Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld were the two that climbed the new route and made the first traverse. It is also signed on the title page by Jim Whittaker, who climbed to the summit several days earlier than Hornbein via the Khumbu S. Col route supported by the main contingent of this two-pronged expedition. Whittaker was the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest. BOOK CONDITION is near fine with no fading, some minor faint marks on front cover (see photo), tight binding, no foxing, no previous owner marks or writing on any pages, clean pages, no crease marks, no rubbing. The original DUST JACKET is in much better than average condition for this book. It has no chips, a clean 4cm tear lower rear (barely visible), complete with original price on flap corner. Price: $300.


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