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MURRAY, W. H.. The story of Everest.

London. J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1953. Second edition.
8vo. ix, [1], 195pp, [1]. With a photographic frontispiece, a further 23 photographic plates, and fourteen maps and diagrams in the text by Robert Anderson. Original publisher's navy cloth, lettered in gilt, pictorial dustwrapper. Minor shelf-wear, edges foxed, dustwrapper a trifle creased, chipped, and spotted. Early inked ownership inscription to FEP. Bookplate of George Lowe to FEP, pencilled gift inscription, from Tony Astin to Lowe, to FFEP.
The second edition, printed in the same year as the first, of Scottish mountaineer William Hutchison Murray's (1913-1996) history of the numerous attempts to successfully summit Mount Everest. Murray was deputy leader of the 1951 Everest Reconnaissance expedition.

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: 23437