‘The Cornelius Quartet’

The Cornelius Quartet

London:  Phoenix House, 1993 (September 23rd) hardcover and simultaneous trade-sized paperback;
original prices:  £18·99 (h/c), £14·99 (p/b);
855 pages;
I.S.B.N.s:  1-897580-55-X (h/c), 1-897580-50-9 (p/b);
cover artist:  Robin Cracknell;

interior artists:  Malcolm Dean and Jill Riches.

An omnibus (retitled from The Cornelius Chronicles, 1977) containing the Cornelius tetralogy The Final Programme (1968), A Cure For Cancer (1971), The English Assassin (1972) and The Condition Of Muzak (1977) versions revised in 1978/’79, before being further revised in 2013 (see below). Despite containing preferred texts, these editions are somewhat (minorly) flawed by the replacement of illustrations for The English Assassin and The Condition Of Muzak: “Original artwork, by Richard Glyn Jones, withdrawn by artist” although they do add a couple of Mal Dean illustrations back into A Cure For Cancer, not seen since it was first serialised in 1969.

Hardcover
(+ book-club ed.)

First American edition:  New York: Four Walls Eight Windows trade-sized paperback, 2001 (May);
original price:  $22·00;
855 pages
(as above);
I.S.B.N.:  1-56858-183-1;
cover artist:  Julie Metz (design), photograph by Jane Yeomans;

interior artists:  Malcolm Dean and Jill Riches.

Trade paperback (simultaneous 1st ed., not to scale).

First revised edition: London: Gollancz trade-paperback, 2013 (August 22nd);
part of the Michael Moorcock Collection;
edited by John Davey;
original price:  £14·99;
xx + 1,033 pages;

includes ‘Introduction To The Michael Moorcock Collection’ by John Clute (pp. vii–xii);
also includes ‘Introduction To The Michael Moorcock Collection’ by Moorcock (pp. xiii–xviii);
I.S.B.N.:  978-0-575-09240-2;
cover artist:  unknown;

interior artists:  Mal[colm] Dean, Harry Douthwaite and Jill Riches;
no American edition.

First revised edition
(+ later reprint[s], £16·99)

Contents (first [& American] editions):-
p. 1: The Final Programme (illustrated by Malcolm Dean);
p. 143: A Cure For Cancer (illustrated by Dean);
p. 367: The English Assassin: A Romance Of Entropy (illustrated by Dean and Jill Riches) (as The English Assassin on [omnibus] title page);
p. 589: The Condition Of Muzak (illustrated by Dean and Riches).

Contents (revised edition):-
p. vii‘Introduction To The Michael Moorcock Collection (non-fiction) by John Clute;
p. xiiiIntroduction To The Michael Moorcock Collection (non-fiction) by Moorcock;
p. xixContents page;
p. 1: ‘The Repossession Of Jerry Cornelius’ (non-fiction) by Clute;
p. 11: ‘A Note To The Reader’* (non-fiction) by Moorcock;
p. 13: The Final Programme (illustrated by Malcolm Dean; additional illustrations by Harry Douthwaite);
p. 191: A Cure For Cancer (illustrated by Dean);
p. 463: The English Assassin: A Romance Of Entropy (illustrated by Mal Dean, Douthwaite and Jill Riches) (as The English Assassin on contents page);
p. 727: The Condition Of Muzak (illustrated by Riches, Douthwaite and Dean).

* Many of the newspaper quotations used here might cause further distress to parents and relatives of the deceased if they read them. Therefore I have in some cases changed the names. No other part of the quotation has been altered.

Although these books may be read in any order, the reader might wish to know that the structure of the last volume reflects the structure of the overall tetralogy.

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