'one of the best personal accounts of an everest expedition'
NOYCE, Wilfrid. South Col. One Man's Adventure on the Ascent of Everest, 1953 ... Foreword by Sir John Hunt. London, William Heinemann Ltd, .
8vo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, lower board with publisher's device in blind, dustwrapper with colour-printed illustration after A. J. Veilhan, (price-clipped), pictorial endpapers after Veilhan printed in ochre, top edge stained blue; pp. xx, 303, colour-printed frontispiece, 3 colour-printed plates, 24 monochrome plates with illustrations recto-and-verso, 16 full-page illustrations after Veilhan, and 5 full-page maps; only very light toning to initial leaves, Kathleen Holloway's name on front fly-leaf, otherwise fine.
First edition. 'A great climber, as well as a poet and scholar, [Noyce] was chosen to make the leading ascent of the South Col on the 1953 British Everest expedition.His brilliant climb to the 26,000-foot saddle opened the way to the final assault on the summit of the peak [...] South Col was his best work, a personal narrative of his own impressions of the adventure and his impressions of others during this unique experience. It superbly complemented the official narrative, The Ascent of Everest' (Classics in the Literature of Mountaineering). As Neate comments, South Col is widely recognised as 'one of the best personal accounts of an Everest Expedition'.
NLS, Mountaineering, s315; Neate N40; Perret 3224 ('Un des grandes classiques de la littérature himalayenne'); Salkeld & Boyle N18 ('A well-written personal account of first successful expedition'); Classics in the Literature of Mountaineering 40; Yakushi (3rd ed.) N172a.