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Lot 1047/0216

SOLD Hammer price: €7000, Estimate: €500-750

Leader of First European Attempt to Conquer Mt. Everest

Howard-Bury (Lt. Col. C.K.) DSO.
A collection including a manuscript Indian Travel Diary, 1909, (Jan. 13th – Feb. 16th, & Nov. 24 – Dec. 25th), approx. 85pp; an Eton College mor. bound notebook, 1900; his bank book with Cox & Co. 1904 – 14; a copy of his Will, 1934; a Mention in Despatches Certificate 1914 – 18; documents concerning a military enquiry, 1919; a Red Cross identity document, 1944; and a collection of about 50 – 70 various documents and letters, many from members of the nobility and gentry. As an Archive, w.a.f.
* Col. Howard-Bury, of Charleville Castle, Tullamore and Belvedere House,Mullingar, was leader of the first European expedition to attempt to climb Mt. Everest in 1921, reaching 23,000 ft, and laying the ground work, and paving the way which eventually led to the first full ascent in 1953. He travelled extensively in India and brought back many rare plants and shrubs to Belvedere. He was a British M.P. for many years, and was Parliamentary Secretary to the Undersecretary for War. He was the last surviving former High Sheriff for Offaly, and the last surviving Deputy Lieutenant for Co. Westmeath. He died in 1963. His mountaineering archive was sold by Mealy’s Auction House in 1994. (1)

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