‘The Michael Moorcock Collection’

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 order of publication
(Click here for alphabetical order)

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

23rd September, 2013
The Cornelius Quartet;
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 expanded 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.

12th June, 2014
Behold The Man;
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’.

13th November, 2014
The Brothel In Rosenstrasse And Other Stories;
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.

26th December, 2014
Breakfast In The Ruins And Other Stories;
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.

8th January, 2015 (dated 2014 on copyright page)
A Cornelius Calendar;
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:-
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.

(To be continued…)