‘The Bull And The Spear’

The Bull And The Spear

London:  Allison & Busby, 1973 (April) hardcover;
sub-titled “Volume the First of The Chronicle of Prince Corum and the Silver Hand” on title page;
original price:  £2·10;
168 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  85031-087-3;
cover artist:  Keith Roberts.

First volume in the second of two separate trilogies featuring Corum Jhaelen Irsei.  It was collected in The Chronicles Of Corum (1978) and The Prince With The Silver Hand (1993) with The Oak And The Ram and The Sword And The Stallion, then revised for further collection in Corum: The Prince With The Silver Hand (1999).

It should be noted that the name Corum Jhaelen Irsei is an anagram of Jeremiah Cornelius.

(Preceded by The King Of The Swords,
third volume in the first of two separate trilogies featuring Corum)

First edition

First paperback edition: London: Quartet mass-sized paperback, 1973 (October);
original price:  35p;
150 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-704-31058-9;
cover artist:  Patrick Woodroffe.

1st p/b edition, reprinted 1974 (40p), 1975 (50p).

London: Orbit (Quartet) paperback, 1976 (June 25th);
original price:  60p;
150 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-704-31058-9;
cover artist:  Chris Achilléos

St. Albans: Mayflower/Granada paperback, 1979 (November 22nd);
original price:  85p;
150 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-583-12984-6;
cover artist:  Rod Mathews

Granada p/b edition 1983 (£1·50), reprinted Grafton (1986 — unseen [unverified] — £2·50).

London: Grafton paperback, 1989 (March 30th);
sub-titled “Volume the Fourth of The Books Of Corum ” on title page;
original price:  £2·99;
158 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-586-20717-1;
cover artist:  Paul Damon.

First American edition:  New York: Berkley mass-sized paperback, 1974 (February);
no sub-title;
original price:  75¢;
159 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  425-02508-X;
cover artist:  David McCall Johnston;

no hardcover edition.

(+ later reprint[s])

Berkley paperback, 1986 (August);
original price:  $2·95;
159 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-425-09359-X;
cover artist:  Robert Gould.

London: Titan trade-sized paperback, 2015 (August 4th);
sub-titled “Corum Book 4” on title page & front cover;
edited by John Davey;
original price:  $9·95;
188 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  9871783291717;
cover artist:  “Funny Little Fish/Dreamtime”.

First standalone edition of revised text (see description above)

Rockville, MD: GraphicAudio (C.D. [+ download]) audiobook, 2016 (August 8th);
original price:  $25·99;
I.S.B.N.:  9798200820207;

narrated by Nanette Savard (+ actors);
original theme music: Peter Pavli;
cover artist:  Gel Jamlang.

(Followed by The Oak And The Ram)

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The Bull And The Spear is also available as e-books: 9780575105164 (U.K.) & 9871783291700 (U.S.A.).