1922 Mount Everest: The Reconnaissance, 1921
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First Edition, Folding Maps, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
An extensive travelogue recounting the Everest Renaissance Expedition of 1921 led by Charles Howard-Bury and George Mallory, who contributes six chapters in this volume. The first edition of 1922.
This expedition was initiated to explore how it might be possible to get to the vicinity of Mount Everest, to recognise possible routes to ascend the mountain, and make the first ascent of the highest mountain in the world. At the time, it was only possible to approach the mountain from the north through Tibet, as Nepal was closed to foreigners.
The expedition was a success as it determined a good route to be from the East Rongbuk glacier via the Rongbuk glacier, and then follow the North Col route to the summit. The following year, the 1922 British Mount Everest expedition followed this route and was able to climb above the North Col, although it did not reach the summit.
Illustrated with a frontispiece and numerous other full page plates throughout, as well as three folding maps. Collated, complete.
In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally very smart with only minor shelf wear and some bumping to the head and tail of the spine and extremities, with minor chippings. Inscribed by a previous owner to the front free endpaper, dated 1923. Internally, firmly bound. With a minor faint scattered spotting throughout, and some offsetting to the endpapers, as usual. Illustrated with a frontispiece and numerous other full page plates throughout, as well as three folding maps. Collated, complete.
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