Arthur & George | Book Club Edition (Alfred A. Knopf, 2006)


Notes on this edition: Arthur & George. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. Book club edition.

The hardback book club edition of Julian Barnes’s Arthur & George looks very similar to the First American Edition, but the book club edition is considerably smaller, has no price indicated on the inside front flap, has a smooth/cut fore edge, and features a book club number on the back cover near the altered, white ISBN box (comparison images included). Other small differences are not noted here.

Arthur & George (Alfred A. Knopf, 2006)


Notes on this edition: Arthur & George. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. Pp. 385. 25 cm. ISBN: 030726310x. $24.95.

First American edition of Julian Barnes’s novel Arthur & George. Jacket design by Peter Mendelsund and Carol Devine Carson. The fore edge of the text block is rough cut with a “deckle edge”.

This copy signed on Feburary 11, 2006, during his U.S. promotional tour.

Arthur & George | Advance Reader’s Edition (Alfred A. Knopf, 2005)


Notes on this edition: Arthur & George. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. [Title page lists the date as 2006, but this edition was printed and distributed in 2005.]

“Advance Reader’s Edition” in decorative paper cover for distribution to reviewers and booksellers. Top of the front cover clearly labels the book “ADVANCE READER’S EDITION”, whereas the bottom of the inside front cover states, “UNCORRECTED PROOF · NOT FOR SALE”. Booksellers may list this edition as either an “advance reader’s copy” or “uncorrected proof”, but it is not to be confused with the uncorrected proof in blue wraps that received more limited distribution.

Back cover features a letter to “Colleagues” from Sonny Mehta, editor in chief at Knopf. Spine states date of publication for the hardback edition as “JANUARY 2006”.

Arthur & George | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 2005; Blue Wraps)


Notes on this edition: Arthur & George. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. Uncorrected Proof in blue wraps distributed selectively prior to publication. This proof varies from the Alfred A. Knopf “Advance Reader’s Edition” with decorative wrappers distributed to reviewers. Title page states “2006”, but listed here as printed in 2005, because the hardback edition this proof promotes was published in January 2006, and this edition preceded the hardback.

Cover in blue with black lettering. Front cover states: “Julian Barnes | His New Novel | Arthur & George | Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction 2005 | ALFRED A. KNOPF [publisher’s device] PUBLISHERS, NEW YORK | · PUBLICATION DATE  16 January 2006    · PRICE $24.95 | ANNOUNCED FIRST PRINTING: 100,000 COPIES | [line rule] | THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED PROOF | It should not be quoted without comparison with the finished book | FOR MORE INFORMATION: 212-572-2104 | knopfpublicity@randomhouse.com

Back cover lists cities for an author tour, but the locations subsequently changed prior to the finalized itinerary.

Arthur & George | Uncorrected Proof (Random House Canada, 2005)


Notes on this edition: Arthur & George. Toronto: Random House Canada, 2005. Uncorrected proof copy in cream paper wraps.

Cover states: “OCTOBER 2005 | $34.95 · CLOTH · 400 PAGES · 6¼ x 9¼ | 0-679-31417-2 · FICTION”

Arthur & George (Thorndike Press, 2006; Large Print)


Notes on this edition: Arthur & George. Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2006. Pp. 784. 23 cm. Large Print edition. ISBN: 0786286652

The title page lists the publishers as: “THORNDIKE | WINDSOR | PARAGON”, and the copyright page lists the following ISBNs, suggesting the same text block was used for each edition:

U.S. Hardcover: 0-7862-8665-2   (Basic)
U.K. Hardcover 10: 1 4056 1458 7   (Windsor Large Print)
U.K. Hardcover 13: 978 1 405 61458 0
U.K. Softcover 10: 1 4056 1459 5   (Paragon Large Print)
U.K. Softcover 13: 978 1 405 61459 7

Bottom of back cover states: “Thorndike Press and Chivers Large Print“.

Arthur & George (Editorial Anagrama, 2007; Spanish)


Notes on this edition: Arthur & George. Barcelona: Editorial Anagrama, 2007. Pp. 523. 22 cm. Translated by Jaime Zulaika. ISBN: 9788433971227. (Spanish).

This specimen is a second printing of the Spanish edition of Arthur & George. It includes a blue promotional band wrapped around the cover stating “2a edición” with blurbs from reviews in white lettering.

Arthur & George | Uncorrected Proof (Jonathan Cape, 2005)


Notes on this edition: Arthur & George. London: Jonathan Cape, 2005. Pp. 360. Uncorrected proof in light green paper wraps with black text and borders.

Stated to top of the front cover, “A JONATHAN CAPE UNCORRECTED PROOF COPY” and to the bottom front, “THE NEW NOVEL | OUT JULY 2005”.

The back cover lists the Proof ISBN as 022407671X. It also lists a promotional website address that is now defunct.

Publicity sheet folded and placed in the book lists the publication date as 7 July 2005 at £17.99.

The Lemon Table (Vintage International, 2005)


Notes on this edition: The Lemon Table. New York: Vintage International, 2005. Pp. 241. 21 cm. ISBN: 1400076501.

Copyright page states this is the “FIRST VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL EDITION, May 2005”.

Short stories included in this volume include:

  • A Short History of Hairdressing
  • The Story of Mats Israelson
  • The Things You Know
  • Hygiene
  • The Revival
  • Vigilance
  • Bark
  • Knowing French
  • Appetite
  • The Fruit Cage
  • The Silence

La table citron | The Lemon Table (Mercure de France, 2006; French)


Notes on this edition: La table citron | The Lemon Table. Paris: Mercure de France, 2006. Pp. 252. 21 cm. Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin. ISBN: 2715225180. (French).

Published in January 2006, this edition features a promotional, paper band with an image of lemons.