Everest 1933.London: Hodder & Stoughton, Limited, 1934 Stock Code: 144831
First edition, first impression, of Ruttledge's superbly illustrated account of the British 1933 attempt, led by him, to climb Mount Everest, nine years after the last expedition on which Mallory and Irvine had disappeared.
Ruttledge put together a highly talented group, but the attempt to establish Camp V on a rare fair day (20 May) was a crucial failure. In the ensuing acrimony two vital days were lost and the expedition missed its chance of improving significantly on the height gained by the expedition of 1924. Ruttledge was to make a second attempt in 1936, which was better-spirited but defeated by an exceptionally early monsoon.
Crown octavo. Original dark blue cloth, titles gilt to spine. With the striking pictorial dust jacket.
59 photographic illustrations, diagrams in the text, and 4 maps (of which 3 folding).
Head of spine a little bumped, a few discreet marks to upper front board, the binding otherwise sharp, internally crisp. A near-fine copy in the very good jacket, light wear to extremities with five clear tape repairs to verso, not price-clipped, bright.
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