Metroland | Archive Edition (Vintage, 2016)


Notes on this edition: Metroland. London: Vintage, 2016. Pp. 203. 22 cm. ISBN: 9781784705916. £9.99.

Special Archive Edition with a new introduction by Julian Barnes. The archive material features letters and reviews pertaining to the novel Metroland:

  • Letter from Sheila McIlwraith at AD Peters Writers’ Agents submitting manuscript to Tom Maschler at Jonathan Cape.
  • First report on the manuscript (initials XH)
  • Second report on the manuscript (initials CC)
  • Letter from Julian Barnes outlining his edits to Liz Calder his editor
  • Deleted scene from the first draft of the manuscript
  • Letter from Julian Barnes to Tony Colwell, the art director responsible for the book jacket
  • Letter from Philip Larkin to Julian Barnes
  • Letter from Dodie Smith to Julian Barnes
  • Reviews

The book’s graphic design is based on London Underground seat fabrics. For more on the design on the Vintage Blog: http://vintagebooksdesign.tumblr.com/post/151283886571/metroland-julianbarnes

Metroland (Picador, 1990)


Notes on this edition: Metroland. London: Picador, 1990. Pp. 176. ISBN: 0330313819 (UK £3.99; $11.99 Australia; NZ $15.95)

First edition Picador paperback, published by Pan Books in association with Jonathan Cape. Cover illustration by Kenny McKendry.

Signed by Julian Barnes to the title page. Paper cover is in rough condition, so we are seeking additional specimens.

Metroland (Humanitas, 2004; Romanian)


Notes on this edition: Metroland. Bucureşti: Humanitas, 2004. Pp. 215. 20 cm. Translated by Mihai Moroiu. ISBN: 9735007835. (Romanian)

Paper cover with red promotional band, as pictured.

Metroland (Haffmans Verlag, 1989)


Notes on this edition: Metroland.  Zürich: Haffmans Verlag, 1989. Pp. 231. 18 cm. Translated by Gertraude Krueger. ISBN: 3251011286

Cover art by Volker Kriegel. Marked as “Haffmans-Taschenbuch 128”.

The copy pictured has a bookseller’s inventory/price sticker on the lower back cover that was not present at the time of publication.

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.

Metroland (Uitgeverij de Arbeiderspers, 1992; Dutch)


Notes on this edition: Metroland. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij de Arbeiderspers, 1992. Pp. 199. 20 cm. Translated by Else Hoog. ISBN: 90 295 0148 0 (Dutch).

Метроленд | Metroland (ACT, 2001; Russian)


Notes on this edition: Метроленд | Metroland. Moscow: ACT, 2001. Pp. 300. 21 cm. Translated by T. Pokidaevoi. ISBN: 5-17-010939-3. (Russian).

This edition published in printed boards (hardback).

Metrolandia | Metroland (Anagrama, 2000; Spanish)


Notes on this edition: Metrolandia | Metroland. Anagrama, 2000. (Spanish)

Editorial Anagrama publishes Spanish translations of Julian Barnes’s works. This second edition of Metroland was published in June 2000 and features a cover made up of images from the film adaptation released in 1997. Anagrama published the original Spanish translation in 1989. Paper cover, as shown.

Metroland (McGraw-Hill, 1987)


Notes on this edition: Metroland. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1987. Pp. 176.

Following the critical success of Julian Barnes’s novel Flaubert’s Parrot, McGraw-Hill published a series of paperbacks to promote his backlist. After releasing Flaubert’s Parrot in paperback (1985), McGraw-Hill issued Barnes’s second novel Before She Met Me (1986), followed by Metroland (1987).

Pictured with the first edition paperback is a “library bound” (or “permabound”) copy discovered in a bookshop in St. Louis, Missouri. Libraries frequently used such services to bind together volumes of journals or magazines for long-term storage or to turn their paperback editions into longer-lasting hardbacks. This copy has no library markings, however, which is unusual, as it suggests a private collector paid for the binding or that it was a sample copy direct from the binder.