Cambridge Nightclimbing

HEDERATUS. Cambridge Nightclimbing.

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HEDERATUS. Cambridge Nightclimbing. London, Chatto & Windus, 1970.

8vo. Original boards with illustrated dust-wrapper; pp. 95, plates after photographs; one corner of front fly-leaf clipped, otherwise very good.
First edition of a spectacular book on nocturnal illegal activities, well documented with stunning photographs taken with strong flashlight. The anonymous author - Hederatus means the ivy-adorned - describes these activities, now known as buildering or parcours, with accuracy and a sense of humor. 'Cambridge has a lot to offer the students. The academic demands are neither stringent nor time consuming. One is not compelled to go to lectures or forced to produce essays, though such activities are actively encouraged … I came to Cambridge in 1963 and rapidly became bored' is the opening of the book.