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GEORGE LOWE'S COPY

BURDSALL, Richard L., EMMONS, Arthur B.. Men against the clouds: the conquest of Minya Konka.

London. John Lane The Bodley Head, 1935. First British edition.
8vo. xv, [1], 272pp. With a photographic frontispiece, 46 photographic illustrations, and seven maps and charts. Original publisher's purple cloth, lettered in blue. Without dustwrapper. A trifle rubbed, spine sunned. Decorated endpapers, bookplate of George Lowe to verso of FFEP, ink-stamp of J. Garfield Anderson to half-title, occasional light spotting.
The first British edition of an account of the 1932 Sikong expedition to the Amne Machin Range along the Chinese-Tibetan border, then thought to have peaks in excess of 30,000 feet. The party climbed, mapped, and measured Minya Konka and corrected the measurement taken by Joseph Rock in 1929 (who had claimed the mountain was the highest on record).

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.
£ 125.00 Antiquates Ref: 23441