MORRIS, James. Coronation Everest. London, Faber and Faber, 1958.
8vo. Original cloth in pictorial dust-wrapper; pp. 146; 8 illustrations from photographs, 3 sketch maps; dust-wrapper with light wear to edges, else a very good copy of a beautifully typeset and designed book, printed on high-quality eggshell paper.
First edition, rather scarce in this condition. James - later Jan - Morris joined the Everest 1953 expediition as Special Correspondent of The Times. He reported on the ascent which coincided with the eve of Queen Elizabeth's Coronation. . - This is a review copy with a printed slip by the publishers tipped in, with details of the book filled in with a typewriter. The unclipped wrapper has the inked out and incorrect statement that the book contains colour plates. Furthermore it has loosely inserted a sheet of Wireless Press news, dated June 3, 1953, reporting of the coronation and 'News of British conquest of Mount Everest flashed to Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace at late hour and congratulatory telegram immediately despatched … Men in final ascent were Newzealander E P Hillary and famous Himalayan porter Sherpa Tenzing'.
Neate M147; Yakushi (3rd ed.) M514.