The Dreaming City: A Sixtieth Anniversary Edition
London: Jayde Design, 2021 (December 6th) trade-sized paperback;
edited by John Davey;
original price: £9·00;
cover artists: James Cawthorn (front, also interior) + Walter Simonson (back);
foreword by Michael Moorcock;
‘La Squab’ (end-piece) by David Britton & Kris Guidio;
afterword by Davey;
no other (individual) edition.
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…
In June 1961, Science Fantasy magazine published the novella ‘The Dreaming City’ (not to be confused with a later Elric novel of the same name [q.v.]) which was the very first appearance of Elric of Melniboné. As its title suggests, this revised edition commemorates the sixtieth anniversary of that event.
N.B. ‘The Dreaming City’ first appeared in Science Fantasy No. 47, edited by John Carnell. The cover artwork for this anniversary edition is from No. 55 (October 1962) containing ‘The Flame Bringers’, the fifth of nine Elric novellas in that publication. although the illustration actually depicts a scene from ‘The Dreaming City’; the original cover’s artwork was cropped, but its complete version has been used here.