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First Up Everest by Raymond Briggs first edition 1969

First Up Everest by Raymond Briggs first edition 1969


London: Hamish Hamilton, 1969 


4to., pictorial boards illustrated by Briggs showing two men in breathing apparatus; rear board with portrait illustration of Hillary and Norgay, their respective flags beneath; in the repeat dust wrapper (15s net); unpaginated [pp.xl]; illustrated throughout by Briggs, with stunning full and double-page illustrations, alternately in monochrome and full colour; a near-fine copy, spine ends lightly bumped and sunned; glue residue to rear paste-down; the clean and bright jacket with minimal sunning along spine, and creasing/rubbing to folds. 


First edition. One of the most difficult books in the series True Accounts of Great Events in Human Achievement, illustrated by Briggs. Other works in the series include Shackleton’s Epic Voyage and Richthofen The Red Baron. 


The remarkable story of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, who successfully scaled the world’s highest peak on May 29th 1953. Ascending the 29002 feet over a period of 16 days, the pair took the southeast ridge route, beginning their final climb to the summit just after dawn, and reaching the peak at 11:30am. The text is provided here by Showell Styles, himself an avid mountaineer and explorer.  


Increasingly hard to find in such condition.

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