‘The Michael Moorcock Collection’ (A–Z)

The Michael Moorcock Collection

London: Gollancz trade-sized paperbacks; edited by John Davey; each volume includes ‘Introduction To The Michael Moorcock Collection’ by John Clute (pp. vii–xii) and ‘Introduction To The Michael Moorcock Collection’ by Moorcock (pp. xiii–xviii)

Listed below in alphabetical order
(Click here for order of publication)

Behold The Man
12th June, 2014;
original price:  £8·99;
xviii + 138 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  978-0-575-08099-7

(also e-book: 9780575080782);
cover artist:  Geoff Taylor.

Copyright page states “Revised version”, but should be more accurately ‘Version contains minor textual amendments’.

Breakfast In The Ruins And Other Stories
26th December2014;
sub-titled “The Best Short Fiction of Michael Moorcock Volume 3” on title page;
original price:  £9·99;
xxii + 325 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  978-0-575-11553-8;
cover artist:  Stanislaw Fernandes.

A collection of one novel + shorter fiction (see below)…

First edition
(+ later reprint[s])

Contents:-
p. xix: Contents page;
p. xxi: Dedication page;
p. 1: Breakfast In The Ruins;
p. 167: ‘The Time Dweller’;
p. 187: ‘Escape From Evening’;
p. 219: ‘A Dead Singer’;
p. 245: ‘London Flesh’;
p. 265: ‘Behold The Man’;
p. 325: Acknowledgements.

N.B. The printer’s key (or number line) on the copyright page states “3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2”, suggesting that this is a reprint. However, having queried it at the time of publication, I was told by Gollancz’s editor that “According to […] yes, for some reason I don’t claim to understand, there are no 1st printings. Is very very odd”. So unless anyone knows (and can prove) otherwise, the first edition of this title is numbered as shown above.

The Brothel In Rosenstrasse And Other Stories
13th November, 2014;
sub-titled “The Best Short Fiction of Michael Moorcock Volume 2” on title page;
original price:  £9·99;
xxii + 266 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  978-0-575-11522-4;
cover artist:  Max Kurzweil.

A collection of one novel + shorter fiction (see below)…

Contents:-
p. xix: Contents page;
p. xxi: Dedication page;
p. 1: The Brothel In Rosenstrasse: An Extravagant Tale (as The Brothel In Rosenstrasse on contents page);
p. 181: ‘The Opium General’;
p. 191: ‘London Bone’;
p. 219: ‘A Winter Admiral’;
p. 225: ‘Doves In The Circle’;
p. 253: ‘A Slow Saturday Night At The Surrealist Sporting Club: Being A Further Account Of Engelbrecht The Boxing Dwarf And His Fellow Members’ (as ‘A Slow Saturday Night At The Surrealist Sporting Club’ on contents page);
p. 266: Acknowledgements.

The Chinese Agent (e-book)
one of five electronic-only titles;
28th March, 2013;
original price:  £2·99;
I.S.B.N.:  978-0-575-07080-6.

A Cornelius Calendar
8th January, 2015 (dated 2014 on copyright page);
original price:  £12·99;
xxii + 864 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  978-1-473-20074-6;
cover artist:  jetdesignltd.com;

interior artists:  Mark Reeve, Romain Slocombe and Michael Moorcock.

An omnibus containing six Jerry Cornelius novels/novellas (see below)…

First expanded edition
(+ later reprint[s], £16·99)

Contents (expanded edition):-
p. xixContents page;
p. xxIllustration credits page;
p. xxiFrontispiece by Mark Reeve;
p. 1: The Adventures Of Una Perrson And Catherine Cornelius In The Twentieth Century: A Romance (title-page illustration by Romain Slocombe) (as The Adventures Of Una Perrson And Catherine Cornelius In The Twentieth Century on contents page);
p. 246 (p. 249 on contents page): The Entropy Tango: A Comic Romance (illustrated by Romain Slocombe) (as The Entropy Tango on contents page), includes illustration by Moorcock (uncredited) on p. 248, “Lyrics by Michael Moorcock; Music by Michael Moorcock and Pete Pavli”;
p. 413: The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle (1980, a.k.a. ‘Gold Diggers Of 1977’);
p. 509: ‘The Alchemist’s Question’ (illustrated by Moorcock), includes ‘The Guardian’ on p. 512;
p. 677: The Final Programme Portfolio(1991/’92) by Mark Reeve;
p. 693: Firing The Cathedral;
p. 785: Modem Times 2.0.

The Cornelius Quartet
23rd September, 2013;
original price:  £14·99;
xx + 1,033 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  978-0-575-09240-2;
cover artist:  unknown;

interior artists:  Mal[colm] Dean, Harry Douthwaite and Jill Riches.

An omnibus containing four Jerry Cornelius novels (see below)…

First revised edition
(+ later reprint[s], £16·99)

Contents:-
p. xixContents page;
p. 1: ‘The Repossession Of Jerry Cornelius’ (non-fiction) by Clute;
p. 11: ‘A Note To The Reader’* (non-fiction) by Moorcock;
p. 13: The Final Programme (illustrated by Malcolm Dean; additional illustrations by Harry Douthwaite);
p. 191: A Cure For Cancer (illustrated by Dean);
p. 463: The English Assassin: A Romance Of Entropy (illustrated by Mal Dean, Douthwaite and Jill Riches) (as The English Assassin on contents page);
p. 727: The Condition Of Muzak (illustrated by Riches, Douthwaite and Dean).

* Many of the newspaper quotations used here might cause further distress to parents and relatives of the deceased if they read them. Therefore I have in some cases changed the names. No other part of the quotation has been altered.

Although these books may be read in any order, the reader might wish to know that the structure of the last volume reflects the structure of the overall tetralogy.

Corum: The Prince In The Scarlet Robe
28th March, 2013;
original price:  £9·99;
xx + 470 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  978-0-575-10841-7;
cover artist:  Robert Gould.

An omnibus containing three Corum novels (see below)…

(+ later reprint[s], £10·99)
Copyright page states “Revised version”, but should be more accurately ‘Version contains minor textual amendments’.

Contents:-
p. 1: The Knight Of The Swords (as The First Book Of Corum: The Knight Of The Swords on title page);
p. 177: The Queen Of The Swords (as The Second Book Of Corum: The Queen Of The Swords on title page);
p. 321: The King Of The Swords (as The Third Book Of Corum: The King Of The Swords on title page).

Corum: The Prince With The Silver Hand
11th April, 2013;
original price:  £9·99;
xx + 426 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  978-0-575-10547-8;
cover artist:  Robert Gould.

An omnibus containing three Corum novels (see below)…

(+ later reprint[s], £10·99)
Copyright page states “Revised version”, but should be more accurately ‘Version contains minor textual amendments’.

Contents:-
p. 1: The Bull And The Spear (as The Fourth Book Of Corum: The Bull And The Spear on title page);
p. 147: The Oak And The Ram (as The Fifth Book Of Corum: The Oak And The Ram on title page);
p. 287: The Sword And The Stallion (as The Sixth Book Of Corum: The Sword And The Stallion on title page).

(To be continued…)