A notebook belonging to Sir Edmund Hillary will be auctioned off after it was discovered in a box of old books donated by the late mountaineer's caretaker.

The notebook was in a box donated to second-hand bookshop David Thomas Bookshop in the 1980s.

Upon inspecting the contents of the box, Thomas found Hillary's address book, containing hand-written entries of Sir Ed's Auckland and London homes, and those of fellow Everest conqueror Sherpa Tenzing and long-time friend Peter Mulgrew.

The book will be auctioned by Mossgreen-Webb's, who are anticipating a "lot of interest" from those looking to acquire a piece of New Zealand history.

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The auctioneers expect the notebook to sell between $1000 and $2000.

The book will be sold at Decorative Art Collections on March 1 at 6pm.