The twenty-fourth novel in the Discworld Series
UK hbk: Doubleday, 145,198 copies on 4 November 1999 (0-385-40995-8)
This was primarily for the UK market. The Antipodes were covered by a separate Australian printing, which has slight changes on the title verso – printer’s imprint and the decimalisation of the font sizes: 10.5/13.5 instead of 10½/13½ – and the blocking on the spine. The UK edition has author and title in a single line, whereas the Australian printing has the title in two lines at the foot of the spine, separated from the author’s name by two rules. The front flap of the jacket lacks any prices (the UK edition has the British and Canadian ones). The embossed pattern on the binding material is of a finer grain than that on the British printing. I am not sure whether the first print figure included the Australian print-run.
Book proof: 155 copies
Doubleday’s double-sided publicity streamer for the Carpe Jugulum pbk and this title has a reference no. ‘ISBN: 072410’.
Discworld: The City Watch Collection (hbk, cover engraving by Joe McLaren): Doubleday. 20 October 2016 (978-0-857-52416-4)
Pbk: Corgi, 2 November 2000 (0-552-14616-1)
B-format, with modified Kirby design, Corgi, 6 November 2008 (978-0-552-15422-2)
Black/gold B-format: Corgi October 2011 (978-0-552-15430-7)
Bookclub: BCA, 2000 (CN 9185)
Large print hbk: Charnwood [Thorpe/Ulverscroft], 550 copies in December 2000 (0-7089-9210-2)
USA hbk: HarperCollins, jacket design by Chip Kidd, April 2000 (0-06-105157-8)
HarperCollins printed approx. 5,000 copies of an advance reader’s edition for publicity purposes (0-06-019645-9). It had a special 16 page section at the end entitled ‘The World of Terry Pratchett’, containing information on the Discworld, principal characters, Ankh-Morpork, a non-map, a jigsaw, review quotes and details of other Discworld titles published by HarperCollins.This section also appeared in each of the promotional editions HarperCollins issued in February of The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic and Equal Rites at $3.99.
Large print: G.K.Hall 2000 (0-7838-9307-8)
Pbk: Harper Torch April 2001 (0-06-102040-0) pages. 371-389 contain the opening pages of Thief of Time.
Premium pbk: Harper, 29 April 2014 (978-0-06-228013-8)
Bulgarian: Петият Слон, Mirela Khristova, Vuzev/Akhont-V, 5,000 copies on 11 December 2001 (954-422-063-1))
Chinese (complex/traditional): Solo, February 2014 (978-986-90149-0-8)
Czech: Pátý Elefant, trs. Jan Kantörek, Talpress, 10,000 copies in ?May 2001 (80-7197-179-0)
Dutch: De Vijfde Olifant, trs. Venugopalan Ittekot (pseud. of Ruurd Groot), Uitgeverij M (De Boekerij) May 2002 (90-225-3154-6)
Pbk: Mynx, July 2009 (978-90-8968-114-0)
Estonian: Viies Elevant, trs. Allan Eichenbaum, jacket illus. Hillar Mets, Varrak, January 2007 (978-9985-3-1336-7)
Finnish: Maanalainen elefantti, trs. Mika Kivimäki, Karisto, March 2009 (978-951-23-5074-2)
French: Le Cinquième Éléphant, trs. Patrick Couton, L’Atalante, September 2004 (2-84172-282-1)
Reissue, with new introduction by Terry Pratchett (dated September 2014), 23 March 2017 (978-2-84172-804-6)
Pbk: Pocket, November 2009 (978-2-266-19405-1)
Pbk with Marc Simonetti cover: Pocket, September 2011 (978-2-266-21204-5)
German hbk: Der fünfte Elefant, trs. Andreas Brandhorst, Manhattan (Goldmann) c.20,000 in August 2000 (3-442-54509-9) The first novel to be issued in hbk in Germany.
Bookclub: R.M. Buch und Medien Vertrieb, 2001 (07128-2)
Mass-market Pbk: Goldmann, August 2002 (3-442-41658-2)
Hungarian: Az ötödik elefánt, trs. Csaba Járdán, Delta Vision, 10 December 2012 (978-615-5161-76-6) [not yet seen]
Polish: Piąty Elefant, trs. Piotr W.Choleva, Prószyński i S-ka, 2006 (83-7469-377-0)
Russian: Пямьійзлефанм, trs. N. Berdennikov & A. Zhikarentsev, Eksmo, 24 April 2007 (978-5-699-224-7-4)
Serbian: Peti slon, trs. ? , Laguna, 4 October 2011 (978-86-521-0832-9) [not seen]
Spanish: El quinto elefante, trs. Javier Calvo, RandomHouse Mondadori, July 2008 (978-84-01-33684-3)
Massmarket: Bestseller/Debols!llo, January 2010 (978-84-9908-135-9)
Background illustration © and by courtesy of Marc Simonetti