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 mainstream 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.
Pry was a pseudonym of Thomas Burke, author of the legendary collection Limehouse nights. His work explored the Limehouse region of London, Chinatown, and the lives of the lower classes and counterculture in London.
For more on the book, see the article by Tim Bryars, "For Your Convenience – the First Queer City Guide?" A reprint of the work appeared in 2019 from Muswell Press.
Small dropet stain to front panel (all that tea...), moderate foxing to the top edge, endpapers, and within, as well as some toning and offsetting, but a sturdy very good example. Rare. Item #28990