By Charles Houston & the team
1955 FIRST UK PRINTING
SIGNED by Houston, Bates, Bell, Craig, Streather, & Molenaar
This is the 1955 original first printing of the first UK edition of K2 -- THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN by Charles Houston and the team members. It was published in London by Collins in 1955. The book measures 222mm tall x 150mm and has 192 pages, 22 b/w photos, 2 maps, 2 diagrams, 7 appendices. Near disastrous, yet almost successful 1953 attempt by Americans & one Brit. Great book, devoid of the whining drivel so often found in modern expedition books. Molenaar once noted, with disgust, that the sketched diagram of the accident on the rear panel of the dust jacket for this book is mucked up, far from accurate. He added that the Adventure Library edition of 1994 is the only edition with a correct version of the diagram. This book was voted unanimously as one of the 5207 best mountaineering books.
CONDITION: Original navy boards with gilt lettering spine. SIGNED on the title page by team members: Dee Molenaar, George Bell, Bob Craig, Tony Streather, Bob Bates, Charles Houston. Original dust jacket had flecking at corners and a 2cm tear lower front near spine crease. Book is in nice clean condition with tight binding, tiny foxing spot on top edge of text block, no foxing inside pages, clean pages. Other than the autographs there are no previous owner marks or writing on any pages.. Price: $650.
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