Hard Cover. New York: House of Books, 1933. First Edition. Fine.
First edition, limited to 300 individually numbered copies. Publisher's red cloth, front board lettered in black, spine lettered in gilt; in the original glassine dust jacket. Near fine with very slight fading to the spine, bright and fresh interior; glassine with a few small nicks and some loss to the upper spine. Overall, a very attractive copy in the scarce glassine wrapper. Hanneman A11a. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen is a somewhat bleak short story about a young boy struggling to cope with his Christian guilt about his own sexual desires. The text is centered around a discussion between two doctors, whom the boy approaches on Christmas Eve in search of a castration that will prevent him from committing the sin of arousal. Notably, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen was published by Louis Henry Cohn of House of Books, Ltd., as part of their Crown Octavo series, a sixteen volume set intended to garner publicity for the publishing firm.