Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1964. STATED FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. Octavo, 9.5 in. x 6.4 in., pp. xxi, , 429. Signed by 20 members of the expedition team, including all summiters, on the half title page, and Nawang Gombu. Illustrated with color and black and white photographs. Dark blue cloth boards with publishers emblem embossed in blind to front. Silver and light blue title to spine. Red publisher's topstain. Light rubbing to extremities; touch of fading to top/bottom of spine, and tiny spot to bottom edge. Pictorial endpapers. Previous owner's bookplate to verso of front free endpaper. Light rubbing to edges of dustjacket. One inch closed tear to top of dustjacket spine. Protected in mylar. Very Good / Very Good. Item #86527
Signed on the half-title page by 20 expedition members: Leader Norman G. Dyhrenfurth, Barry Bishop*, Tom Hornbein*, Willi Unsoeld*, James W. Whittaker*, Lute Jerstad*, Gombu*, Barry W. Prather, Lou Breitenbach**, Dick Emerson, Jim Lester, Dave Dingman, Maynard M. Miller, Alan Auten, Dick Pawnall, Barry W. Prather, Will Siri, Gilbert Roberts, James Barry Corbett, and Charles Huestis (Board member)
* Those who summitted on the 1963 expedition.
** Lou Whittaker (James' twin brother) decided not to go on the expedition, and was replaced by Jake Breitenbush. Jake died when an icewall collapsed on the Khumbu Icefall on the team's second day out of base camp.
Laid in: Two National Geographic maps of Mount Everest region, dated 1988 and 2003.
From the dustjacket: "For the first time, in 1963, an American mountain-climbing expedition reached the top of the world's highest peak. They did it after weeks of exposure to the thin and bitterly cold air of Everest... after one of their group was cruched under a falling ice wall ... and in the teeth of howling winds and snowstorms. Success came first on May 1st, when two men gained the summit via the South Col route (Whittaker, Gombu). This was followed three weeks later by an even mnore extraordinary feat: four more men made the peak (Barry Bishop, Tom Hornbein, Willi Unsoeld, Lute Jerstad) - two by the South Col route and two via the West Ridge, which had never been negotiated before."