Hard Cover. New York: Random House, 1963. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's bright teal cloth, lettered in blue and silver; in the original white pictorial dust jacket designed by Howard Morris, lettered in black, blue and green. Near fine, with only a hint of toning to the extremities, else bright and clean; price-clipped dust jacket, with some light wear and rubbing to the extremities, bright spine, short closed tears to the top edge of the front panel, a few minor scuffs to the otherwise fresh panels, very tiny piece of tape on the front flap. Overall, a bright and very attractive copy. Their Heads Are Green and Their Hands Are Blue is a collection of travel essays in which Bowles reflects on his various travels and the cultural differences between Western society and the post-colonial world. Specifically, it includes "Fish Traps and Private Business," "Africa Minor," "Mustafa and His Friends," "Baptism of Solitude," and "All Parrots Speak." The title of this collection references Edward Lear's The Jumblies, in reference to the thumb-sized explorers who "went to sea in a Sieve" in search of uncharted lands; in his foreword, Bowles likens his search for exotic locales unspoiled by European influence to the Jumblies' wanderlust.