Camp Six: An Account Of The 1933 Mount Everest Expedition
F. S. SMYTHE
1938 Black Jacket Edition
SIGNED ON THE FIRST BLANK PAGE BY FRANK SMYTHE (the author)
This is the first printing of the Black Jacket edition of Camp Six: An Account Of The 1933 Mount Everest Expedition by F. S. Smythe. It was published in 1938 by Hodder & Stoughton in London. The book has been anonymously inscribed, signed, and dated 3-3-41 by Frank Smythe on the blank free front endpage. This Black Jacket edition is technically the second edition of the book. It is in a much reduced format from that of the first edition but does have the complete text. The book measures 178mm tall x 115mm, and has 314 pages + , b/w route diagram. One of the best accounts of an early Everest attempt, the 1933 expedition. Irvine’s ice axe was found high on the mountain. Smythe made impressive solo push high up reaching about 8570m. He carefully describes his sensing of a ghost “companion” & seeing pulsating UFOs hovering over Everest while he was alone. Any books signed by Frank Smythe are inexplicably uncommon.
CONDITION: Original patterned beige cloth, black lettering spine. Clean covers, no former owner marks or writing on any pages (other than Smythe's signed & dated inscription), tight binding, fore-edge foxing, some foxing on the first 6 pages otherwise no foxing on page faces. The dust jacket has 3cm x 2cm loss lower front, small loss at spine ends, rubbing at folds. Price: $385.
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