RUTTLEDGE Hugh (1934.)
£350.00 [First Edition]
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3 folding maps, map and illustrations. First edition. Large 8vo., cloth. London, Hodder & Stoughton.
Plate 2, 'Hugh Ruttledge', and plate 4, 'Frank Smythe', signed underneath their portrait photograph.
Ruttledge was the leader of the expedition, but at the age of 48 and with a gammy leg he was advised not to attempt the upper reaches of Everest. It was Smythe who came closest to succeeding, his ascent to 28,120 feet without supplementary oxygen standing as a record for many years. This was the expedition on which Irvine's ice axe was found, having lain there since Mallory and Irvine perished near the summit. Smythe claimed that from a distance he had seen a body near the summit, and guessed that it might be Mallory.
Ownership inscription to the front free endpaper of Norah Perriam, who worked for the literary agents Christy and Moore, head of the spine torn clumsily repaired, some foxing.
Stock Code: 221438