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The Bathhouse Hornbook

The Bathhouse Hornbook


Inspired by Victorian alphabet books and 16th Century hornbooks, this is a primer for the perverted. Written in doggerel, The Bathhouse Hornbook is a light-hearted poetic introduction to men and their behaviour in the bathhouse. An A-Z of the people you'll find and the things you can do in the sauna. An erotic epic; Dante for the decadent.

The story is built around a young man's first visit to the sauna and his more experienced guide. Alongside 26 illustrations depicting the letters of the alphabet, the book aims to entertain and instruct, to take stock and to caution, to be mildly serious and boldly lighthearted.


A's for Admission
You're in, that's a start.
Your first time, you say,
In this cock-and-bum mart...


D is the Daddy
Who's older than you;
He's often a nice guy
So be nice to him, too...


T is the Top -
And with this you'll agree -
In the City of London
He's a rare commodity...

 read a brief interview on the GAYLETTER site here.

72 pages, full colour, 6 x 4 inches (postcard size).

The Bathhouse Hornbook was launched at the New York Art Book Fair, September, 2015.

The Bathhouse Hornbook