Dedication: To O. B. S. ... Recalling spent hours that were flooded with gladness ... gladness that sparkled in quip and in quest; bringing back thoughts of bluest blue mountains, mem'ries of shade-trees when winds in their boughs crooned songs that were old, crooned songs that were new, crooned songs to the future ... the songs that came true. S. R.
Ten of the twenty chapters which comprise this novel were published in the Bulletin between 16 June 1927 and 19 April 1933.
Publisher's note from first edition: 'Most of this book appeared from time to time in the Sydney Bulletin, and chapter four, under the title of 'The Letter under the Mirror', was published in O'Brien's Short Stories of the World.