The fourth novel in the Discworld Series

Winner of the Dracula Society’s 1987 Children of the Night Award

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UK hbk: Demy 8vo, Victor Gollancz in association with Colin Smythe, 3,950 copies, on  12 November 1987 (0-575-04171-4). After Smythe became TP’s agent, the co-publishing arrangement ceased and in due course the reprints appeared with Gollancz’s name only. The first four printings retained the joint imprint. There were five reprints before it was reissued as a 9”x 6” (22.9 x 15.2cm) hbk, 2,750 copies on 14 November 1996 (0-575-06408-0). Also issued in this format as a promotional edition by W.H.Smith (0-304-36424-X)
Bookproof: c.100 copies.
Compact edition: Gollancz, c.20,000 copies on 16 November 1995 (0-575-06167-7)
Discworld Collector’s Library: The Death Collection: (hbk): Gollancz, 7 November 2013 (978-1-473-20010-4)

Large print: Isis, 1995 (Hbk 1-85089-044-7, pbk 0-7531-5110-3)

Pbk: Corgi, 111,500 copies on 18 November 1988 (0-552-13106-7) reprinted 1988, 1989, 1990 (twice), 1991, 1992 (twice), 1993 (twice), 1994 (twice), 1995, 1996, 1997 (twice), 1998 etc.
New issue, B-format with black/gold photographic design cover, on sale at same time as Kirby edition, 1 September 2004 (0-552-15261-7)

Reissued B-format with modified Kirby cover: Corgi, 21 June 2012 (978-0-552-16662-1)

BCA’s Unseen Library: 5,000 copies in November 2002 (CN 110260)

Deluxe slip-cased edition, with an introduction by A. S. Byatt, illustrated by Omar Rayyan, bound in black velveteen covered boards and printed paper label on front cover, silver blocking on spine, and full leather bound edition, limited to 500 numbered copies for sale to members of the Folio Society, and 25 lettered copies hors de commerce, blocked with MORT in gold on the spine, all edges gilt, with a card folder containing a limited edition print of the image on the front cover of the standard edition, signed by the artist, the black slip-case to the standard edition printed in silver without lettering, and the limited edition’s slip-case blocked and lettered in gold, Folio Society, May 2016.

WHS Little Reads [the opening pages of the novel, ‘published in association with Corgi to celebrate the BBC’s Big Read’]: 30,230 copies, in July 2003 (0-552-21221-0) 

USA pbk: Signet (NAL) (with Kirby cover), March or April 1989 (0-451-15923-3);
2nd printing, issued under Roc imprint (0-451-45113-9)
This was the last of the American editions to use Josh Kirby’s cover illustrations:  NAL told me that American readers thought that books with his style of art was intended for young, rather than adult, readers.

HarperTorch, cover illus. Ben Perrini, February 2001 (0-06-102068-0)
This edition also contains the 16 page section entitled ‘The World of Terry Pratchett’ that appears at the end of the advance reader’s edition of The Fifth Elephant.Premium
pbk: Harper Premium, 29 January 2013 (978-0-06-222571-9)~Also issued as a library hbk by Turtleback using the March 2008 Harper Paperback (and probably other printings) (978-0-613-57249-1)

Book club: Science Fiction Book Club Selection, Spring 1989 (Jacket art by Jill Bauman) March 1989 (ref. 14838)

Brazilian: O aprendiz de Morte, trs. Roberto DeNice, Conrad, c. November 2002 (85-87193-85-6)

Bulgarian: 1. Морт, trs. Mirela Khristova, Vuzev, 8,600 copies in August 1995 (954-422-038-0)
2. New edition trs. Vladimir Zarkov, Vuzev/Akhont-V, 2002 (954-422-070-4)

Chinese/mainland (simplified): 1. Science Fiction World Magazine, 2007 (978-7-5364-6258-8)
2. Dook Shanghai [contracted but not yet published – expected June 2017]

Croatian: Mort, trs. Drago Štajduhar, Marjan Tisak, 2004 (953-214-039-5)

Czech: Mort, trs. Jan Kantůrek, Talpress, 8,000 copies in November 1994 (80-85609-55-X)
Omnibus, with Equal Rites: with pencil illustrations by Paul Kidby, Talpress, April 2009 (978-80-7197-371-3)

Danish: Dødens Lærling, trs. Hans Palle Mortensen, Borgens, 2004 (87-21-02440-5)

Dutch: Dunne Hein, trs. Venugopalan Ittekot (pseud. of Ruurd Groot), Het Spectrum, 7,000  copies in 1992 (90-274-2995-2)
Reissue: Mynx, 2008 (978-90-225-5116-5)
Schijfwereldomnibus nr.2 (omnibus edition with Sourcery and Wyrd Sisters), Het Spectrum, 5,000 copies in August 1998 (90-274-6536-3)

Estonian: Mort, trs. Allan Eichenbaum, jacket illus. Hillar Mets, Varrak, 1500 copies on  19 January 2000 (9985-3-0243-5)

Finnish: Mort, trs. Margit Salmenoja, Karisto, 1994 (951-23-3372-4)
Pbk: Karisto, December 2002 (9-51-23-4110-7)

French: Mortimer, trs. Patrick Couton, L’Atalante, November 1994 (2-905158-90-5)
Reissue, with new introduction by Terry Pratchett (dated September 2014), 21 November 2014 (978-2-84172-691-2)
Omnibus: La Mort due Disque-Monde, containing Mort, Reaper Man and Soul Music,  L’Atalante, October 2011 (978-2-84172-558-8)

Pbk: Pocket, October 1998 (2-266-08068-7)
Pbk with Marc Simonetti cover: Pocket, October 2011 (978-2-266-22617-2)

Georgian: Ilia State University Press. [not yet published]

German: Gevatter Tod, trs. Andreas Brandhorst, Heyne (SF/Fantasy series 06/4706), 1990   (3-453-04290-5)
Reissued in Heyne’s general Allgemeine Reihe series (01/9543) 1995 (3-453-08850-6) with the Kirby’s cover illustration for Wyrd Sisters, which necessitated a change of the cover on that title. This was corrected with the 1998 printing. (The title page also has an error – Sheinwelt instead of Scheibenwelt.)
Reissued in September 2000 with new cover lettering (01/12187, 0-453-17060-1)

Bookclub hbk: der club, 2001 (00207 1)

Republished by Piper, August 2004 (3-492-28504-X), rev. design 9th printing October 2009
Reissued with new cover design by Katarzyna Oleska, Piper, May 2015 (978-3-492-28064-8)
All nine Piper Discworld titles issued in a box.with spines combining to create a single image by Katarzyna Oleska, illustrator of all the covers, Piper, 8 June 2015 (978-3-492-28080-8)

25th Discworld anniversary hbk edition,  Piper, April 2008 (978-3-492-28628-2)

Issued in a double volume with Wachen! Wachen! (Guards! Guards!), Heyne,?October 2000 (3-453-16879-8) Tipp des Monats 23/165
Reissued: Piper, July 2007 (978-3-492-28625-1)
Double volume, Gevatter Tod and Pyramiden, Piper, May 2011 (978-3-492-26795-3)
Double volume, Gevatter Tod and Macbest, Piper, June 2013 (978-3-492-26933-9)

Greek: Θανατηφοροσ Βοηθοσ, trs. Lil Ioannidou, Ekdoseis Para Pente, 1996 (no ISBN given)

Hebrew: תרועת מווח, trs. Kvryt Sraby [?], Kinneret, 1996 (965-286-528-1)

Hungarian:1).  Mort, a Halál Kisinasa, trs. Dr Anikó Sohár, Cherubion Könyvkiadó, 4,344 copies on 24 August 1998 (963-9110-24-8)
2). Mort, trs. Veronika Farkas, Delta Vision, 6 February 2014 (978-963-395-009-8)

Italian: Mort l’Apprendista, in Il Mondo del Disco: La Seconda Trilogia (with Sourcery and Wyrd Sisters), trs. Antonella Pieretti, Mondadori, October 1992 (88-04-36520-X)
Pocket book: TEA (Salani), copertina by Giovanni Manzoni, April 2002 (88-7818-696-1)

Japanese: [Shinigamino Yakata] trs. Norito Kuga, H.Kawaguchi/Sanyusha, 10 July 1997 (4-88322- 621-2)

Macedonian: Ars Lamina [not yet published]

Norwegian: Dødens Læregutt, trs. Per Malde, Tiden Norsk, 2,000 copies on 3 April 2000 (82-10-04538-5)

Polish: 1.  Mort, trs. Piotr W.Cholewa, 1) Fantastyka S-ka/ Prószyński i S-ka, 1996 (83-86868-52-X)
2. Prószyński i S-ka, November 2004 (83-7255-877-9)
Hbk: Prószyński i S-ka, 2002 (83-7337-272-5)

Portuguese: 1.  Mort, trs. Paula Reis, Caminho, 8,000 copies in March 1992 (972-21-0735-6)
2. Mort, trs. Mário Dias Correia, Temas & Debates, February 2004 (972-759-557-X)
Bookclub: Circulo de Leitores, December 2004 (972-42-3320-0)

Romanian: Mort, trs. Domnica Macri, Noesis, 2003 (973-85637-5-5)
Opening pages published in Secolul 21, August-December 2002, pp. 330-342. Courtesy Noesis.

Russian: 1. Мор, ученик Смерти, trs. Svemlany Zhuzhunava, Azbuka/Terra, 10,000 copies in 1998 (5-7684-0369-8)
2. Eksmo, 10,100 copies in November 2001  [ISBN???]
Double volume with Reaper Man: Eksmo, 5,000 copies printed on 23 October 2002 (5-699-0205-0) reprint 2014 (978-5-699-74369-8)

Serbian/Yugoslav: Mort, trs. Dejan Papić, Laguna/ReVision in their Octarin series 1,000 copies in 1999 (86-7436-002-5)

Slovakian: Mort, trs. Vladislav Gális, Talpress, 1,500 copies in January 2006 (80-7197-279-7)

Slovenian: Ucila [not yet published]

Spanish: Mort, trs. Cristina Macía assisted by Celia Filipetto, Martínez Roca, October 1991 (84-270-1559-3)
Bookclub (pbk): Círcolo de Lectores Onda Joven, 1992, (84-226-4245-X; 24638)
Pbk: Plaza & Janés, January 1998 (col. Jet 84-01-46161-8, vol.342/4, 84-01-47941-X)
Reissued (?th ‘edition’) by Debols!llo [Plaza & Janés], (978-84-8346-328-4) 10th ‘edition’ 2015, the term ‘reprint’ started to be used, so 1st reprint  June 2015,
Kiosk: Altaya, 2008 (978-84-487-2294-4)

Swedish pbk 1): Mort, trs. Olle Sahlin, Target Games, 1992 (91-7898-153-0)
2) Hbk: Wahlströms, 1997 (91-32-32138-4)
Pbk: Wahlströms, 1998 (91-32-43146-5)

Turkish: 1).  Mort, trs. Ümit Tosun, Ithaki, 2000 (975-6902-78-7)
2). Mort, trs. Niran Elçi, Delidolu/ Tudem, 2,000 copies in November 2015 (978-605-5060-30-5)

Ukrainian: Old Lion [contracted, but not yet published]

Background illustration © and by courtesy of Marc Simonetti