FIRST OVER EVEREST! : The Houston-Mount Everest Expedition, 1933
First Edition, Third Printing.
Publisher's purple cloth, with an airplane device to the front board in blind, lettered in red-orange, top edge black, with 3D glasses laid into a pocket at the rear of the text. Book appears worn and spine is sun-faded. Pages are clean with some age yellowing and sparse foxing.
First Over Everest is an illustrated account of the 1933 Houston-Mount Everest Expedition, which sought to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain by airplane. Funded by the wealthy and eccentric Lucy, Lady Houston, this expedition was a feat in both aviation and photography; British pilots flew over Mount Everest in bi-planes in April 1933, photographing Everest and its surrounding region. The first attempt was made on April 3rd, and, while the flight was successful, the photographs were largely blurred by a dusty haze. The second flight on April 19th, however, yielded clearer, visually stunning images that served as an important resource for the future mountaineer's ascension attempts.
Third impression. Illustrated with folding charts and numerous plates, one of which is in 3-D, to be viewed with lenses contained in a pocket on the rear pastedown.
The flights were made in a Westland P.V.3, an experimental biplane with the ability to fold its wings for ship's stowage; the various cameras were state of the art, and the results, displayed in this book, are exceptional.