Everest 1933, Hugh Ruttledge. Published by Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1934. First Edition/First Printing. 8vo up to 9½” tall. 390 pages. 59 sepia toned photographs, three in-text diagrams and four maps, three of which are fold-outs. Navy blue cloth with gilt spine titles. Volume is in very good condition without markings except for light to moderate sporadic spotting (generally outside of text block and along fore-edge); front hinge at title page lightly cracked; binding remains secure and pages firmly attached. All maps present in fine condition. Minimal bumping and rubbing to boards. Dust jacket is in poor condition: clipped, small chips, closed tears and a large cut-out piece between author’s name above and publisher’s name below.
This is the official account of the fourth expedition to Everest, led by Hugh Ruttledge with a team that included Frank Smythe, Eric Shipton, Wyn Harris, and L.R. Wager. While this 1933 climb failed to reach the summit, 3 of the climbers (Wager, Wyn Harris and later Smythe) did reach over 28,000 feet, the farthest man had climbed this mountain at the time. In 1934 Ruttledge was awarded a Royal Geographical Society Founder’s Gold Medal; his citation read ‘For his journeys in the Himalayas and his lead leadership of the Mount Everest Expedition, 1933.’ 002606 $300