‘The History Of The Runestaff’

The History Of The Runestaff

London:  Granada, 1979 (May 24th) hardcover;
original price:  £5·50;
573 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-246-11128-3
cover artist:  Bob Habberfield (sic);

no American edition (by this title).

The History Of The Runestaff is an omnibus of the first of two separate series featuring Duke Dorian Hawkmoon von Köln, collecting The Jewel In The Skull (1967), The Mad God’s Amulet (1968/’69), The Sword Of The Dawn (1968) and The Runestaff (1969). It was preceded by a paperback box set (c. 1973), before being bound in 1979 as a single hardcover volume which was later retitled in that format (but with texts revised in 1977) as Hawkmoon (1993) and Hawkmoon: The History Of The Runestaff (2013).

St. Albans:  Mayflower, circa 1973 mass-sized paperback (slip-cased) box set;
original price: £1·20;
585 pages (156 + 142 + 144 + 143pp.);

I.S.B.N.: 583-12304-X;
cover artist: Bob Habberfield (sic).

Reprinted c. 1974 (£1·40).

Mayflower, circa 1977 mass-sized paperback (slip-cased) box set;
original price: £2·20;
I.S.B.N.: 0-583-12944-7.

(+ later reprints, including Granada, prices up to & including £5·75.)

London: Gollancz trade-paperback, 2003 (April 10th);
SF Masterworks series No. 36;
original price:  £7·99;
x + 646 pages
I.S.B.N.:  0-575-07469-8;
cover artist:  Steve Stone;

reproduces the text of the 1995 Millennium edition of Hawkmoon (with texts revised in 1977).

First (bound) edition; see above
(+ book-club ed.).

First (bound) paperback edition: London:  Panther/Granada, 1984 (September 13th);
original price:  £2·95;
573 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-586-06134-7 (0-583- on copyright page);
cover artist:  Bob Habberfield (sic).

Reprinted 1984, 1985 + ’87/’88 — unseen (unverified) — & Grafton 1989 (£3·99) by which time the internal I.S.B.N. error had been corrected.

Contents (first bound edition):-
p. 1: half-title page;
p. 3: title page;
p. 4: copyright page;
p. 5: The Jewel In The Skull;
p. 157: The Mad God’s Amulet;
p. 295: The Sword Of The Dawn;
p. 435: The Runestaff.

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