‘Elric Le Necromancien’

Elric Le Necromancien

Paris:  Éditions OPTA, 1969 (November 18th) hardcover;
title translates as “Elric The Necromancer”;
translated by Frank Straschitz;
original price: unknown;
xii + 475 pages;

I.S.B.N.: none;
cover artist (also interior): Philippe Druillet,
silver blocking on brown boards behind clear plastic dust-wrapper;
issued with loose-leaf map — ‘L’Ere Des Jeunes Royaumes’ (“The Age Of The Young Kingdoms”) by Druillet;
quote (courtesy of Google Translate): “the limited edition, reserved for members of the Police Book Club and the Anticipation Book Club, includes 3,700 copies numbered from 1 to 3,700 as well as 150 copies of collaborators marked H.C.”.

Elric of Melniboné — proud prince of ruins, kinslayer — call him what you will. He remains, together with maybe Jerry Cornelius, Moorcock’s most enduring, if not always most endearing, character…

Elric Le Necromancien is a French omnibus, the first collection to present the Elric saga (to date [of publication]) in order of narrative chronology — see below — and this combined-title edition is unique, with no English-language equivalent.

p. vPréface (non-fiction) by Jacques Bergier;
p. xiuntitled introduction (to ‘La Cité De Rêve’);
p. 1: ‘La Cité De Rêve’ (‘The Dreaming City’);
p. 35: ‘Tandis Que Rient Les Dieux’ (‘While The Gods Laugh’);
p. 73: ‘La Citadelle Qui Chante’ (‘The Singing Citadel’);
p. 111: ‘Le Voleur D’Ames’ (‘The Stealer Of Souls’);
p. 157: ‘Les Rois Oubliés’ (‘Kings In Darkness’);
p. 191: ‘Les Porteurs De Flammes’ (‘The Flame Bringers’);
p. 225: ‘Sauver Tanelorn…’ (‘To Rescue Tanelorn…’) (as ‘To Rescue Tanelorn’ only, on contents page);
p. 259: Stormbringer (as Strombringer, on contents page);
p. 465: “Les illustrations qui suivent sont extraites de la bande dessinée de Philippe DRUILLET, texte de Michel DEMUTH, adaptés de ‘La Cité Qui Rêve’” (“The following illustrations are taken from the comic strip by Philippe Druillet, text by Michel Demuth, adapted from ‘The Dreaming City’) (not on contents page);
p. 473: ‘Table Des Matières’ (‘Table Of Contents’).