‘Elric Of Melniboné’

Elric Of Melniboné (omnibus)

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London:  Millennium, 1993 (May 19th) hardcover and simultaneous trade-sized paperback;
part of the Tale Of The Eternal Champion;
original prices:  £14·99 (h/c), £10·99 (p/b);
viii + 548 pages;
I.S.B.N.s:  1-85798-037-9 (h/c) & 1-85798-038-7 (p/b);
cover artist:  Robert Gould;

illustrated by James Cawthorn;
no American edition (by this title).

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…

The Elric Of Melniboné omnibus collects revisions of (pretty much) the entire first half of the primary Elric saga (see below). It was later retitled (and further revised) as Elric: Song Of The Black Sword (1995).

(+ book-club ed.)

London: Orion, 1996 (June 10th) mass-sized paperback;
original price:  £6·99;
iv + 690 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-75280-632-7;
contains minor textual amendments.

1996 edition, reprinted Gollancz (2001) £8·99.
Trade paperback (simultaneous 1st ed., not to scale).

Contents (first editions):-
p. iii: untitled introduction (non-fiction) by Michael Moorcock;
pp. vi/vii: ‘Elric In The Young Kingdoms’ (map) by James Cawthorn;
p. 1: Elric Of Melniboné;
p. 131: The Fortress Of The Pearl;
p. 313: The Sailor On The Seas Of Fate*;
p. 451: ‘The Dreaming City’*;
p. 481: ‘While The Gods Laugh’*;
p. 515: ‘The Singing Citadel’*.

* Includes new chapter titles, added for these omnibuses but later dispensed with.

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