Through the Window | Uncorrected Proof (Vintage International, 2012)


Notes on this edition: Through the Window: Seventeen Essays and a Short Story. New York: Vintage International, 2012.

Stated on top of cover: “THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED PROOF”. Includes a tentative publication date of October 30, 2012.

ארתור וג׳ורג׳ | Arthur & George (Zmora-Bitan, 2010; Hebrew)


Notes on this edition: ארתור וג׳ורג׳ | Arthur & George. Tel-Aviv: Zmora-Bitan, 2010. Pp. 469. 21 cm. ISBN: 9789655176377 (Hebrew)

Metroland (The Book Club, 1980)


Notes on this edition: First Book Club edition – London: The Book Club, 1980. This Foyles Book Club edition uses the same text block as the Jonathan Cape first edition, but is printed on taller pages. Upon examination of multiple copies, the dust jacket spine frequently turns color over time, as pictured. 

Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: METROLAND | Julian Barnes | THE BOOK CLUB | LONDON

Copyright Page: The Book Club | 125 Charing Cross Road | London WC2H 0EB | Copyright © Julian Barnes | First published in Great Britain 1980 | This edition 1980 by arrangement with Jonathan Cape Ltd | Printed and bound in Great Britain by | Biddles Ltd, Guildford and King’s Lynn

Collation: 21.5 x 13.7 cm. Pp. [1-10] 11-72 [73-74] 75-130 [131-132] 133-176. [1]: ‘METROLAND’. [2]: blank. [3]: title page. [4]: copyright page. [5]-176: as in the first Jonathan Cape edition.

General description: Binding 22.5 x 14.5 cm. Red boards, gold blocked on spine. White end-papers. Tan dust jacket with pastoral scene on front and no author photograph. Jacket states: ‘This edition available exclusively to members of Foyles Book Clubs’. 

Metroland (Ayrinti Yayinlari, 2005; Turkish)


Notes on this edition:  Metroland. Istanbul: Ayrıntı Yayinlari, 2005. Pp. 204. Translated by Serdar Rifat Kırkoğlu. ISBN: 9789755392387. (Turkish)

Previous edition: Istanbul: Mitos, 1996. Pp. 224.

Eine Geschichte der Welt in 10 1/2 Kapiteln | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Wilhelm Heyne, 1990; German)


Notes on this edition: Eine Geschichte der Welt in 10 1/2 Kapiteln | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. München: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, 1990. Pp.  363. Translated by Gertraude Krueger. ISBN: 3453084004 (German)

Paperback edition following the hardback published in 1990 by Haffmans Verlag.

O istorie a lumii în 10 capitole şi jumătate | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (RAO, 2003; Romanian)


Notes on this edition: O istorie a lumii în 10 capitole şi jumătate | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Bucureşti: RAO, 2003. Translated by Radu Paraschivescu. Pp. 315. 18 cm. ISBN: 9735764946 (Romanian)

RAO published the first edition of the Romanian translation in 2000 (Pp. 328).

Cover art from Marcel Duchamp’s Tu m’.

Before She Met Me (Wolters-Noordhoff, 1997)


Notes on this edition: Before She Met Me. Groningen: Wolters-Noordhoff, 1997. Pp. 160. 20 cm. ISBN: 9001549888.

Wolters-Noordhoff is a publisher from the Netherlands, but this is not a translation. Rather, the novel was published for English language readers in the Netherlands and features English text throughout.

Also includes two essays at the end of the novel written by Ton Heuvelmans: “About the Author and His Work” (pp. 156-158) and “About the Book” (pp. 158-160).

Arthur & George (London Review Bookshop, 2005; Limited Edition Leather)


Notes on this edition: In 2005, the London Review Bookshop began publishing limited editions in high quality bindings, and they chose Julian Barnes’s novel Arthur & George to inaugurate the series. Overseen by Andrew Stilwell, the London Review Bookshop’s limited editions typically feature two kinds of special bindings (cloth and leather) housed in finely constructed slip cases.

From the limitation page:

A special signed limited First Edition of Arthur & George, of which one hundred and twenty-five have been quarter-bound in cloth and numbered 1 to 125, and twenty-five quarter-bound in leather and numbered i to xxv.

The patterned boards are from a design by Enid Marx for The Curwen Press. The book has been bound and slipcased by The Fine Bindery, Wellingborough, Northants.

The edition pictured above is number xiv of xxv, bound in quarter leather.

The Guardian briefly discussed the new limited edition series on 2 July 2005.

Arthur & George (London Review Bookshop, 2005; Limited Edition Cloth)


Notes on this edition: In 2005, the London Review Bookshop began publishing limited editions in high quality bindings, and they chose Julian Barnes’s novel Arthur & George to inaugurate the series. Overseen by Andrew Stilwell, the London Review Bookshop’s limited editions typically feature two kinds of special bindings (cloth and leather) housed in finely constructed slip cases.

From the limitation page:

A special signed limited First Edition of Arthur & George, of which one hundred and twenty-five have been quarter-bound in cloth and numbered 1 to 125, and twenty-five quarter-bound in leather and numbered i to xxv.

The patterned boards are from a design by Enid Marx for The Curwen Press. The book has been bound and slipcased by The Fine Bindery, Wellingborough, Northants.

The edition pictured above is number 43 of 125, bound in quarter cloth.

The Guardian briefly discussed the new limited edition series on 2 July 2005.

Upstream! / Controcorrente (Gruppo editoriale L’Espresso, 2008; English / Italian)


Notes on this edition: Upstream! / Controcorrente. Rome: La Biblioteca di Repubblica – L’Espresso, 2008. Pp. 95. 18 cm. (Dual Language edition in English & Italian)

This book is #10 in a series of dual language publications that print the English and Italian translation side-by-side. Excerpts the chapter “Upstream!” from Julian Barnes’s A History of the World in 10½ Chapters along with Riccardo Mainardi’s translation for the Giulio Einaudi edition of the novel originally published in 1997.