Spring Song, and Other Stories
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1960. First American Edition. Octavo (21 cm); one quarter light green cloth, with darker green coated cloth sides, in green pictorial dustwrapper; 9-285pp. Dustwrapper spine tanned, heel and crown chipped; mild handling wear, soiling and toning, rubbing to extremities; inner flap price-clipped. Textblock slightly yellowing at margins; ownership signature on ffep, bookseller's plate on rear pastedown. Very Good overall.
A posthumously released collection of 34 short stories by Irish-Anglo novelist Joyce Cary, many of which were previously published (including his Romance, at the time the only short story to appear in Time magazine); four stories are published here for the first time. A tireless writer, Cary suffered from ALS in his later years and reportedly used a rope to support his arms to write; failing that, he dictated his stories until he could no longer speak. He employed a wide variety of themes and subjects, but often wrote of life in Nigeria, where he worked as a magistrate and officer.