‘The Fortress Of The Pearl’

The Fortress Of The Pearl

London:  Gollancz, 1989 (June 8th) hardcover;
sub-titled “An Elric Tale” on title page;
alternatively sub-titled “an Elric novel” on front cover;
original price:  £11·95;
248 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-575-04515-9;
cover artist:  Geoff Taylor;

illustrated by James Cawthorn (“Chapter decorations).

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 Fortress Of The Pearl slots  in terms of the overall saga’s internal narrative chronology — between Elric Of Melniboné (1972) and The Sailor On The Seas Of Fate (1976). It was collected in the Elric Of Melniboné omnibus (1993, retitled and revised as Elric: Song Of The Black Sword in 1995), The Elric Saga Part Three (2003), Elric In The Dream Realms (2009), Elric: The Fortress Of The Pearl (2013) and The Elric Saga Volume One: Elric Of Melniboné (2022).

First edition

First paperback edition: London: Grafton, 1990 (March 29th) trade-sized paperback;
original price:  £7·99;
248 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-586-20883-6.

Grafton, 1990 (September 27th) mass-sized paperback;
original price:  £3·50;
269 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-586-20884-4.

First American edition: New York: Ace, 1989 (October) hardcover;
sub-titled “An All-New Novel of Elric
original price:  $16·95;
231 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-441-19123-1;
cover artist:  Vince Natale.

+ book-club ed.
Ace, 1990 (December) mass-sized paperback;
original price:  $4·50;
231 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-441-24866-7;
cover artist:  Dawn Wilson.

Lakewood, CO: Centipede Press, 2019 (January 17th) hardcover;
dated “2018” on copyright page;
a limited edition of “300 [numbered] signed copies for sale, plus extras for contributors, and a special deluxe edition”;
edited by John Davey;
original price:  $150·00;
302 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  978-1-61347-217-0;
cover artist:  Tom Kidd
(also interior);
introduction by Neil Gaiman (pp. 79 [7 & 8 in deluxe ed.]);
signed by Moorcock, Kidd & Gaiman.

Includes additional short fiction: ‘The Black Blade’s Song (pp. 265–302 [221–254 in deluxe ed.]).
Centipede Press, 2020 (dated 2019) “special oversize deluxe edition, limited to 22 [numbered] copies for sale” (not to scale), in decorated black-and-red slip-case;
original price:  $750·00;
254 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  none;
signed by Moorcock, Kidd & Gaiman.

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