Skip to content

Epic Everest

Epic Everest Shapero Rare Books

Seventy years ago on the 29th May two men successfully reached the summit of Everest – Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. A remarkable and historic achievement, which caused a sensation around the world, particularly since Everest had been shadowed by tragedy from the many unsuccessful attempts in the past.

Epic Everest Shapero Rare Books

Everest 1933 Shapero Rare Books

One example of this tragic past, is the 1933 Everest Expedition, led by Hugh Ruttledge who narrates the story in his book Everest 1933.  This was the first attempt since the disastrous 1924 expedition which killed Mallory and Irvine.  The weather as well as disagreements among members of the party caused the 1933 expedition to fail.

Everest: the Unfinished Adventure | Shapero Rare Books

Despite this failure Ruttledge was chosen to lead the next expedition in 1936: Everest the unfinished adventure. Many of the same men took part including Frank Smythe and Eric Shipton.  Ruttledge also included Tenzing Norgay, who later reached the summit with Hillary in 1953.

After Everest | Shapero Rare Books

Norgay’s autobiography gives a remarkable insight into the life of climber as well as the hardships they face but it also gives an interesting insight into fame and its effect on someone’s personal life. Again Ruttledge’s expedition failed due to weather issues: the sacred mountain was proving difficult.

The Ascent of Everest | Shapero Rare Books

After several more failed attempts between 1938 and 1952, John Hunt led the historic British expedition that was to finally scale Everest, and on the 29th May 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stood on the summit. Hunt’s famous account The Ascent of Everest remains to this day a classic story of man against mountain.

Coronation Everest | Shapero Rare Books

James (later Jan) Morris, The Times correspondent, attached to the expedition broke the news, and the success caught the public imagination. On our shelf we have a copy of Coronation Everest signed by Edmund Hillary.

Previous article Invisible Hands and Ghostly Spectators
Next article 10 Rare and Valuable Children's Books

Leave a comment

* Required fields

Enjoy reading our blog?

Sign up for our newsletter and stay in the know!

About Us

About Us

Shapero Rare Books is an internationally renowned dealer in London, specialising in antiquarian & rare books and works on paper, with particular expertise in fine illustrated books from the 15th to the 20th century, travel & voyages, natural history, modern firsts, rare children’s books, guidebooks, Hebraica & Judaica, Eastern European, and Islamica

Shop online and enjoy free international shipping now.


read more

Your cart is empty

Continue shopping