[Together with:] Everest: The Unfinished Adventure.London: Hodder & Stoughton, Limited, 1934 & 1937 Stock Code: 144832
First editions, first impressions, of Ruttledge's accounts of the British 1933 attempt, led by him, to climb Mount Everest, together with his second attempt in 1936, which was better-spirited but defeated by an exceptionally early monsoon.
In 1933, 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.
2 works, crown octavo. Original blue cloth, titles gilt to spine. With the pictorial dust jackets.
First work: 59 photographic illustrations, diagrams in the text, and 4 maps (of which 3 folding). Second work: 14 drawn portraits frontispieces, 2 folding maps, and 63 monochrome plates.
Contemporary ink ownership inscription to front pastedown of the first work. Corners a touch bumped, the bindings otherwise firm and square, light foxing to edges and to contents of the first work. Very good copies in the good jackets, light wear to extremities, verso of corners sometime repaired with tape, not price-clipped.
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