Hard Cover. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1982. 1st Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Personal copy of mountaineer George Lowe, with his bookplate adhered to the half-title. Signed by Lowe on the front free endpaper. Publisher's bright blue cloth, lettered in silver, pictorial endpapers illustrated with a map of the traverse; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Tom Elliott, with a photograph of a hiker in the Himalayas to the front panel, lettered in white and red. Near fine, with some very faint rubbing to the spine ends, minor wear to the bottom edge of the rear board, bright and fresh interior; unclipped dust jacket, with minor fading to the spine, tiny closed tear to the rear panel edge, UK price sticker to the front flap. Overall, a lovely copy. First Across the Roof of the World is New Zealand mountaineers Graeme Dingle and Peter Hillary's illustrated account of their 5,000 mile trek across the Himalayas over the course of ten months. In addition to reaching as many mountain summits as they could, Dingle and Hillary sought to test their strength and endurance through a minimalist alpine style traverse without many of the comforts of modern technology. As Hillary explains in his introduction, "For 2000 years sages and holy men have wandered those mystic hills spreading the teachings of Buddha - perhaps like them we were in search of ourselves but we weren't 'out' to spread anything, except perhaps the suspect ways of our modern world." Notably, Peter Hilary is the son of the esteemed mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary, who, along with Tenzing Norgay, was the first to summit Mount Everest.