‘The Land Leviathan’

The Land Leviathan: A New Scientific Romance

London:  Quartet Books, 1974 (May 20th) hardcover and simultaneous trade-sized “Midway” paperback;
original prices:  £2·50 (h/c), £1·25 (p/b);
161 pages;

I.S.B.N.s:  0-704-32018-5 (h/c) & 0-704-33013-X (p/b);
cover artist:  Christopher Foss;
paperback edition in lettered blue covers with dust-wrapper.

The Land Leviathan is the second volume of Moorcock’s proto-steampunk trilogy featuring Oswald Bastable, the Nomad of Time, which (like the Cornelius books) tackles head-on the legacies of British imperialism; Empire gone sour. It was collected in The Nomad Of Time (1982), and A Nomad Of The Time Streams (1993) with The Warlord Of The Air and The Steel Tsarthen revised for further collection in a title-reverted The Nomad Of Time (2013).

(Preceded by The Warlord Of The Air)


Quartet, 1975 (January) mass-sized paperback;
original price:  50p;
161 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-704-31224-7;
cover artist:  Chris
(topher) Foss.

London: Orbit (Quartet), 1976 (June 25th) paperback;
original price:  60p;
161 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-704-31224-7;
cover artist:  Chris Achilléos

Trade paperback (simultaneous 1st ed., not to scale)

First American edition:  New York: Doubleday, 1974 (August 16th) hardcover;
no sub-title;
original price:  $4·95;
xvi + 151 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-385-01473-2;
cover artists:  The Quay Brothers

New York: DAW Books, 1976 (January) mass-sized paperback;
no sub-title;
original price:  $1·25;
175 pages;

I.S.B.N.:  none (code: UY1214);
cover artist:  Michael Whelan (also interior [frontispiece, uncredited

Reprinted at least three times (with I.S.B.N. 0-87997-214-9)

Assorted DAW reprints

6th printing, 0-87997-448-6 ($1·50).
7th printing, 0-87997-774-4 ($2·25).
Later printing — unseen (unverified) — $2·50.

London:  Granada, 1981 (September 17th) mass-sized paperback;
original price:  £1·25;
173 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-583-13102-6;
cover artist:  Melvyn (Grant).

Granada p/b edition, 1984 (£1·50).

Grafton, 1990 (January 25th) mass-sized paperback;
original price:  £2·99;
173 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-586-20997-2;
cover artist:  Paul Damon.

New York: Amereon House, 1999 hardcover;
original price:  unknown;
pagination: unknown;

I.S.B.N.:  0891901531;
cover artist:  none (lettering

Unseen (unverified); believed to be an unauthorised edition.

London: Titan, 2013 (April 16th) trade-sized paperback;
sub-titled “A New Scientific Romance” on title page;
edited by John Davey;
original price:  $9·95;
191 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  9781781161463;
cover artist:  “Amazing15”;

foreword by Kim Newman.

(Followed by The Steel Tsar)

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The Land Leviathan is also available as e-books: 9781781161494 (U.S.A.) & 9780575092716 (U.K.).