Ernest Hemingway. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen. New York: House of Books, 1933. First edition. Limited to 300 numbered copies, of which this is number 20. Twelvemo. 10 unnumbered pages. Red cloth over boards. Fine in the original publisher's glassine, which is chipped, torn, and creased.

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    The House of Books, a New York bookshop owned by Marguerite and Louis Cohn, published sixteen titles in their Crown Octavos series beginning in 1932. This short Christmas story by Hemingway is the second in the series, and one of the few (if not only) not to be signed by the author. According to Donald C. Dickinson in Dictionary of American Antiquarian Bookdealers, "Hemingway refused to sign God Rest You Merry Gentlemen (1933), since his royalty check arrived the day Roosevelt closed the banks, and he blamed the Cohns for the lack of immediate cash." This is the first appearance of Hemingway's story.

    Dickinson, 38. Hanneman 11A.

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