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Everest Pioneer: The Photographs of Captain John Noel [Hardcover]

Sandra Noel
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11 Sep 2003
Capturing the drama and tragedy of the 1922 and 1924 expeditions on Everest the first to venture upon the highest mountain on earth, Everest Pioneer features the best of the pictures of Captain John Noel, official photographer to the expeditions.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 2003 First Edition edition (11 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750932783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750932783
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 606,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandra Noel is Captain John Noel's daughter. She often heard him speak and lecture of his pioneering mountain expeditions and she has sole copyright in his text and images. She is part-time lecturer in travel and tourism at a college of furthrt education, and also runs a guesthouse in Kent.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Everest Pioneer 20 Oct 2003
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Format:Hardcover
This is a book to be enjoyed on several levels. The photographs are absolutely wonderful and (thank heavens) reproduced on shiny paper which shows them at their best. Love the group photo with the tweedy jackets and long scarves - protective materials have certainly made a quantum leap since the '20s. And the hand-tints are super. The text tells us of the intrepid Captain Noel - who was also, rather surprisingly, a man of considerable publicity foresight. And finally there is the story itself of that most famous expedition. It's a shame that Captain Noel didn't write this book in his lifetime; however his daughter has done an excellent job.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not so great 16 Aug 2006
By C. Searl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've read many books about the British expeditions of the 1920's and 1930's, so I've seen many of the pictures in this book already.

Several pictures are actually printed reversed and some captions are factually incorrect. Somebody with actual knowledge of mountaineering history should proof read the book's second edition.

Considering how important Captain Noel was in documenting and promoting (where are his movies today?) these early efforts to conquer Mount Everest, this book is a little disappointing.
3.0 out of 5 stars could have been better 15 May 2012
By Roald Euller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have to agree with the other reviewer in being a little disappointed with this book. I generally don't like to review books negatively (if I don't like them I usually simply don't review them), but I had such high hopes for this volume. I am in the midst of reading Wade Davis' superb Into the Silence and bought this as a complement. What bothered me more than the lazy picture captioning and the reversed printing (one of a pair of images of the same scene on facing pages is reversed -- but which one?) was the almost hagiographic tone of the text. I realize that the authors are a relative of Noel's and a longtime admirer, so I should to be sympathetic.

I will rate this 4 stars for the historic photos from the tail end of the Heroic Era of exploration and 2 stars for the uninspired text. Final grade: 3 stars, probably worth buying if you have a special interest in early Everest exploration.
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