The King Of The Swords
New York: Berkley, 1971 (October) mass-sized paperback;
original price: 75¢;
cover artist: David McCall Johnston;
no (individual) hardcover edition.
Third volume in the first of two separate trilogies featuring Corum Jhaelen Irsei. It was collected in The Swords Trilogy (1977), The Swords Of Corum (1986) and Corum (1992) with The Knight Of The Swords and The Queen Of The Swords, then revised for further collection in Corum: The Coming Of Chaos (1996/’97), and collected yet again (unrevised) in Corum: The Prince In The Scarlet Robe (2002). One of its sections retells, from Corum’s viewpoint, a part of the Elric novel, The Sleeping Sorceress (1971).
It should be noted that the name Corum Jhaelen Irsei is an anagram of Jeremiah Cornelius.
(Preceded by The Queen Of The Swords)
Berkley paperback, 1986 (June);
original price: $2·95;
cover artist: Robert Gould.
London: Titan trade-sized paperback, 2015 (July 7th);
sub-titled “Corum Book 3” on title page & front cover;
edited by John Davey;
original price: $9·95;
cover artist: “Funny Little Fish/Dreamtime”.
Rockville, MD: GraphicAudio (C.D. [+ download]) audiobook, 2016 (July 13th);
original price: $25·99;
narrated by Nanette Savard (+ actors);
original theme music: Peter Pavli;
cover artist: Gel Jamlang.
First British edition: London: Mayflower mass-sized paperback, 1972 (March 23rd);
sub-titled “Volume the Third of The Books of Corum” on title page;
original price: 25p;
cover artist: Bob Habberfield (sic).
London: Grafton paperback, 1989 (March 30th);
original price: £2·99;
I.S.B.N.: 0-586-20716-3 (0-583-11999-9 on copyright page);
cover artist: Paul Damon.
(Followed by The Bull And The Spear,
first volume in the second of two separate trilogies featuring Corum)
The King Of The Swords is also available as e-books: 9780575109674 (U.K.) & 9871783291687 (U.S.A.).