The Dragon In The Sword
New York: Ace, 1986 (September) hardcover;
sub-titled “Being The Third And Final Story In The History Of John Daker, The Eternal Champion” on title page;
original price: $16·95;
cover artist: Robert Gould.
As stated by the book’s sub-title, this is the third and (at the time) final volume in a series featuring not only John Daker — commonly referred to as one of his other Eternal Champion incarnations, Erekosë — but also a member of the Family von Bek, various generations of which began appearing in Moorcock’s works (often based around their curious relationships with both Lucifer and the Holy Grail) from the early 1980s onwards. It was preceded by a German-language edition, Das Ewige Schwert. The first English-language edition appeared in the U.S.A. with unauthorised cuts and/or changes, making the following year’s U.K. edition the first complete version in the author’s native language. In this form it was collected in The Eternal Champion (omnibus, 1992) in the U.K., and in Von Bek (due to thematic links) in the U.S.A. (1995).
(Preceded by Phoenix In Obsidian;
also — as a thematic prequel only — by The City In The Autumn Stars, second volume in a series featuring various members and generations of the Family von Bek)
Bergisch Gladbach: Bastei Lübbe, 1986 mass-sized paperback;
title translates as “The Eternal Sword”;
original price: DM 9·80;
cover artist: Frank Brunner.
First British edition (uncut): London: Grafton hardcover, 1987 (July 16th);
sub-titled “Being the third and final story in the history of John Daker, the Eternal Champion” on title page;
original price: £10·95;
cover artist: Marl Salwowski.
Ace mass-sized paperback (presumed cut), 1987 (December);
original price: $3·50;
London: Titan trade-sized paperback, 2015 (January 6th);
sub-titled “Being The Third And Final Story Of John Daker, The Eternal Champion” on title page;
alternatively sub-titled “The Eternal Champion Sequence Book Three” on front cover;
edited by John Davey;
original price: $9·95;
cover artist: “Dreamtime/Funny Little Fish”.
The Dragon In The Sword is also available as e-books: 9780575092686 (U.K.) & 9871783291601 (U.S.A.).