ASTILL, Tony. Mount Everest: The Reconnaissance 1935. The Forgotten Adventure. [Ashurst, Southampton]: Colorcraft for the Author, 2005.
8vo (255 x 176mm). Original blue cloth, upper board and spine lettered in gilt, double dustwrapper reproducing Michael Spender's photogrammatic survey; pp. [4 (blank l., half-title, frontispiece on verso)], xvii, [1 (blank)], 359, [1 (blank)], [2 (advertisements)]; photographic illustrations and maps in the text, some full-page, 3 folding maps after Spender and Ted Hatch; fine.
First edition. The 1935 Mount Everest Reconnaissance, led by Eric Shipton and including H.W. Tilman, was only previously known from articles written at the time and from secondary literature. Now, for the first time, the story of this little known, but historically important, British Mount Everest expedition is told, using the original expedition diaries and photographs, as well as maps based on Michael Spender's photogrammatic survey. The work is prefaced by a foreword by Lord John Hunt and an introduction by Sir Edmund Hillary, and won the James Monroe Thorington Award for Best Book in Mountaineering History at the Banff Mountain Book Festival 2006.