For Your Convenience. A Learned Dialogue, Instructive to all Londoners & London Visitors, Overheard in the Thélème Club and Taken Down Verbatim by Paul Pry. Paul Pry, Philip Gough, Thomas Burke.
For Your Convenience. A Learned Dialogue, Instructive to all Londoners & London Visitors, Overheard in the Thélème Club and Taken Down Verbatim by Paul Pry.
For Your Convenience. A Learned Dialogue, Instructive to all Londoners & London Visitors, Overheard in the Thélème Club and Taken Down Verbatim by Paul Pry.
For Your Convenience. A Learned Dialogue, Instructive to all Londoners & London Visitors, Overheard in the Thélème Club and Taken Down Verbatim by Paul Pry.

For Your Convenience. A Learned Dialogue, Instructive to all Londoners & London Visitors, Overheard in the Thélème Club and Taken Down Verbatim by Paul Pry.

London: Routledge, 1937. First edition. 8vo, 71 pp, bound in green boards titled and decorated in blue. No dust jacket.

For Your Convenience takes the form of a fictional dialogue between two members of the Thélème club, discussing where in London to find "relief" out and about after excessive consumption of tea or lager. The younger member is in the process of creating a map of such places, especially for men to roundezvous outside of the gaze of busy policemen, and the dialogue continues with enough hints and suggestions as to the true nature of their endeavor that the subtext is impossible to ignore, though the pretence must have been successful on some level - Routledge was a very respectable publisher, and perhaps had no idea of the true nature of the narrative they were publishing.

Both the front and rear endpapers are illustrated with this map, drawn by Philip Gough, liberally sprinkled with the right sort of public restrooms. This is the first gay cruising map of London that we know of, a remarkable landmark in the history of sexuality, subcultures and mapping.

For more on the book, see Tim Bryars, "For Your Convenience – the First Queer City Guide?"

Cloth lightly rubbed and a bit faded at extremities, the edges of the text block lightly toned. Near fine. Item #28066

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