Item #140943471 For Your Convenience. A Learned Dialogue Instructive to all Londoners and London Visitors overheard in the Theleme Club and Taken down Verbatim. Paul Pry, Thomas Burke.
For Your Convenience. A Learned Dialogue Instructive to all Londoners and London Visitors overheard in the Theleme Club and Taken down Verbatim.
For Your Convenience. A Learned Dialogue Instructive to all Londoners and London Visitors overheard in the Theleme Club and Taken down Verbatim.
For Your Convenience. A Learned Dialogue Instructive to all Londoners and London Visitors overheard in the Theleme Club and Taken down Verbatim.
For Your Convenience. A Learned Dialogue Instructive to all Londoners and London Visitors overheard in the Theleme Club and Taken down Verbatim.
For Your Convenience. A Learned Dialogue Instructive to all Londoners and London Visitors overheard in the Theleme Club and Taken down Verbatim.
For Your Convenience. A Learned Dialogue Instructive to all Londoners and London Visitors overheard in the Theleme Club and Taken down Verbatim.
For Your Convenience. A Learned Dialogue Instructive to all Londoners and London Visitors overheard in the Theleme Club and Taken down Verbatim.

For Your Convenience. A Learned Dialogue Instructive to all Londoners and London Visitors overheard in the Theleme Club and Taken down Verbatim.

London: George Routledge & Sons, 1937.

First edition of the first gay guide to London, offering "an ironic--if heavily veiled--indictment of contemporary sexual mores." Ostensibly taking the form of coded dialogue taking place in the "Theleme Club" between a young man with prophetic knowledge of the city telling an older man where public toilets are to be found throughout central London, or for example where to find a public toilet if one were ​“walking through Wigmore street after three cups of tea.” A subversive guide with subtext conveyed through innuendo, with dialogue that disguises the book’s true subject matter — a guide to public loos throughout the city where gay men could go ​‘cottaging’ (or ‘cruising’ in America).

Bound in original green cloth stamped in dark blue, with endsheets illustrated with a map of London. Near Fine with former owner name to front free endpaper, owner bookplate to verso of ffep, and author's name penciled in a non-authorial to half-title page. In a Poor original dust jacket which is soiled and worn with marginal loss, splits at the fold and backed with archival tissue.

An unprecedented book with a startlingly early publication date, whereas in 1937 homosexuality was illegal in the United Kingdom, both in public and private. Published by a major publishing house known for publishing academic works. Item #140943471

Price: $6,500.00