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First Over Everest [inscribed to David Low]

First Over Everest [inscribed to David Low] by HOUSTON, Lucy;P F M Fellowes, L V Stewart Blacker, Colonel P T Etherton, John Buchan, Geoffrey Barkas (1934)
Author: HOUSTON, Lucy;P F M Fellowes, L V Stewart Blacker, Colonel P T Etherton, John Buchan, Geoffrey Barkas
Title: First Over Everest: The Houston-Mount Everest Expedition 1933 [inscribed by Lucy Houston]
Year: 1934
Publisher: John Lane The Bodley Head
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
Price: £175
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Inscribed presentation copy from the book's dedicatee and Everest expedition organiser Lady Houston to her friend the cartoonist David Low who regularly lampooned her in the Evening Standard newspaper and to whom she would occasionally send verse written in purple ink accompanied by cigars. In this case Houston has presented a copy of the book memorialising the flight over Mount Everest that she had financed with a verse on the first blank in purple ink: 'A Happy New Year to you Low/ Whatever you do/ For wheroer you go/ You make me laugh/ A joy I cannot forego. Lucy Houston New Year 1935' - it's not known whether the book was accompanied by a long lost gift of cigars! The fifth impression book is squarely bound and complete with the viewing spectacles in a pocket to the rear, a little fading at the head of the spine where the jacket has chipped. The photographic jacket is good with a large chip at the head of the spine and a couple of other smaller chips and creases; not price-clipped. Houston had a considerable appetite for publicity and no doubt enjoyed the printed dedication of this book to her as 'a great protagonist of aviation, whose imperial spirit and generosity enabled success to be attained by the Houston-Mount Everest flight.' She found equally amusing - if occasionally vexing - David Low's frequent coverage of her in the Standard, once responding to a Low cartoon that compared herr with Mussolini: 'When I say I admire you I mean it. You are brilliant but you do not understand my politics. Very briefly I work and live to help our dear country back to the days when we were honoured and respected by the whole world! And you do the same I feel sure. So why go for me?'
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