Inside facing half of front gatefold cover. Contains a pull quote from Joe McCullough, a brief description of the story of the volume, and an uncredited old photograph of the Amboise Gate of Rhodes.
Reverse side of front gatefold cover (repeated on reverse of rear gatefold cover). Historical map of the Middle East and southern Central Asia, the setting for the story.
Title pages and publisher's indicia and book production credits. The sixth page is blank.
The original publication began simultaneously in Italy in the magazine Linus (see reprint links) and in French in the magazine (À Suivre) from #31-32 (August-September 1980) to #37 (February 1981). This interupted content corresponds to the first 22.5 pages of the story in the book.
The first story page in the book is a black-and-white reproduction of watercolor painted comic panels that were published in color in Linus. The following 21.5 pages have been edited after the original publication, the lower half of the 13th story page was not part of the original publication in (À Suivre).
The original publication was resumed and completed in Italy in the magazine Corto Maltese (see reprint links).
List of all the volumes in the series. Preceding page and reverse side are blank.
Reverse side of rear gatefold cover (repeated from reverse of front gatefold cover). Historical map of Middle East and southern Central Asia, the setting for the story.
Inside facing half of rear gatefold cover. Biography of Hugo Pratt and an uncredited photograph of Hugo Pratt in Rhodes 1978.