‘The Golden Barge’

The Golden Barge

Manchester:  Savoy, 1979 (December) trade-sized paperback;
sub-titled “A Fable” on title page;
original price:  £1·25;
198 pages;

includes ‘Introduction’ by M. John Harrison (pp. 9–13);
also includes ‘Author’s Introduction’ by Moorcock (pp. 15–17);
I.S.B.N.:  0-86130-002-5 (-027-0 on copyright page);
cover artist:  Gustave Moreau
(Salome Dancing Before Herod, front); (Diomedes Devoured By His Horses, back);
illustrated by James Cawthorn (full-page + chapter decorations).

The Golden Barge is “The first novel [Moorcock] completed. It was in 1958 and the book is printed here with only minor revisions of a sort a publisher might make if he had accepted a first novel”. A modified, self-contained extract had previously appeared as a short story of the same name (in New Worlds, 1965) (q.v.).  As a novel The Golden Barge was collected in Earl Aubec And Other Stories (U.K., 1993, followed by a mass-paperback edition in 1997 and an American hardcover edition in 1999 for [both of] which it was further revised).

First edition

First hardcover edition: London: New English Library, 1983 (June) hardcover;
original price:  £7·95;
189 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-450-06027-6;

cover artist:  Mick Van Houten;
no full-page illustrations.

New English Library, 1984 (July 2nd) trade-sized paperback;
original price:  £2·50;
189 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-450-05721-6;

no full-page illustrations.
1985 (February) trade-sized paperback, £2·50; I.S.B.N.:  0-450-05721-6;
reprinted 1986 (June), 1989 (May, £2·99).

London: Gollancz/Gateway e-book, 2013 (April 11th);
part of the Michael Moorcock Collection (one of five electronic-only titles in the series);
revised text;
edited by John Davey;
original price:  £2·99;
includes ‘Introduction To The Michael Moorcock Collection’ by John Clute;
also includes ‘Introduction To The Michael Moorcock Collection’ by Moorcock;
I.S.B.N.:  978-0-575-07824-6;

illustrated by James Cawthorn (full-page + chapter decorations);
no separate ‘Author’s Introduction’ by Moorcock.

First American edition: New York: DAW Books, 1980 (October) mass-sized paperback;
original price:  $1·75;
173 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-87997-572-5;
cover artist:  John Pound;

no illustrations.

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