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RUSSELL, Scott. Mountain prospect.

London. Chatto & Windus, 1946. First edition.
8vo. xvi, 247pp, [1]. With a photographic frontispiece, a further 46 photographic illustrations, and seven sketch maps in the text. Original publisher's blue cloth, lettered in gilt, pictorial dustwrapper. Light shelf-wear, dustwrapper sunned and a trifle chipped. bookplate of George Lowe to FEP, ink-stamp of A. J. Escott bookseller, Hastings (New Zealand) and contemporary ownership inscription of W. G. Lowe to recto of FFEP. Presentation copy, signed by the author to title page.
A signed first edition of British botanist and mountaineer Scott Russell's (1913-1999) climbing memoir relating his experiences in the Arctic, the New Zealand Alps and the Karakoram-Himalayas under Shipton; written whilst incarcerated in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.

From the library of New Zealand-born mountaineer George Lowe (1924-2013), a member of the 1953 British Mount Everest expedition, the ninth mountaineering expedition to attempt the first ascent of Everest, and the first confirmed to have succeeded when Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary reached the summit on 29th May. The day prior, Lowe had led an advance guard, wielding an ice axe with legendary skill, to cut a path into the Lhotse Face to the final camp (1,000 feet below the peak), preparing the route for Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Following this achievement Lowe became a New Zealand representative on the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition which, between 1955 and 1958, not only traversed Antarctica, becoming the first to reach the South Pole by land since Amundsen in 1911 and Scott in 1912, but also carried out extensive surveying of the continent.
£ 250.00 Antiquates Ref: 23433