Metroland (Gallimard/Folio, 1997; French)


Notes on this edition: Metroland. Paris: Gallimard/Folio, 1997. Pp. 299 + [5]. 17.7 x 10.8 cm. Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin. ISBN: 2070403386. (French).

Folio no. 298.

Metroland (Denoël, 1995; French)


Notes on this edition: Metroland. Paris: Denoël, 1995. Pp. 264 + [8]. 20.5 x 13.9 cm. Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin. ISBN: 2207240991. (French).

Metroland (Haffmans, 1989; German)


Notes on this edition: Metroland. Zürich: Haffmans, 1989. Pp. 231 [232]. 18.4 x 11.2 cm. Translated by Gertraude Krueger. ISBN: 3251001434. (German).

메트로랜드 | Metroland (열린책들, 2007; Korean)


Notes on this edition: 메트로랜드 | Metroland. 경기도파주시: 열린책들 [Paju: Open Books], 2007. Pp. 278 + [2]. 19.5 x 12.5 cm. Translated by 신재실 [Chae-sil Sin]. ISBN: 9788932907505. (Korean).

Metrolandia | Metroland (Anagrama, 1989; Spanish)


Notes on this edition: Metrolandia | Metroland. Barcelona: Anagrama, 1989. Pp. 237 [238] + [2]. 19.8 x 14 cm. Translated by Enrique Juncosa. ISBN: 8433931636. (Spanish).

Later printings feature a variant image on the front cover (Anagrama, 2000).

Metroland (Einaudi, 2015; Italian)


Notes on this edition: Metroland. Torino: Einaudi, 2015. Pp. 226 + [2]. 18.2 x 12.2 cm. Translated by Daniela Fargione. ISBN: 9788806150822. (Italian).

A preliminary page states, “L’Arcipelago Einaudi | 217”, as pictured.

Visit Einaudi’s author page for Julian Barnes here: https://www.einaudi.it/autori/julian-barnes/

Lines on the Underground (Cassell, 1996)


Notes on this edition: Lines on the Underground: An Anthology for Bakerloo & Jubilee Line Travellers. Compiled by Dorothy Meade & Tatiana Wolff. London: Cassell, 1996. Pp. 31 + [1]. 17.7 x 11.2 cm. ISBN: 0304348619

Barnes’s contribution appears on page 14, an excerpt from his first novel Metroland.

Metroland (St. Martin’s Press, 1980)


Notes on this edition: First American edition – New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1980. $10.95.


Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: METROLAND | Julian Barnes | St. Martin’s Press | New York

Copyright Page: © 1980 by Julian Barnes | All Rights Reserved | For information write St. Martin’s Press, Inc. | 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010 | Printed in Great Britain | First published in the U.S. in 1980 | Library of Congress Catalog No. 79-3797 | ISBN 0-312-53169-9

Collation: 19.7 x 12.8 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]: ‘To Laurien’. [6]: blank. [7-8]: [contents]. [9]: ‘PART ONE | Metroland (1963) | A noir, E blanc, I rouge, U vert, O bleu | Rimbaud’. [10]: blank. 11-72: text. [73]: ‘PART TWO | Paris (1968) | Moi qui ai connu Rimbaud, je sais | qu’il se foutait pas mal si A | était rouge ou vert. Il le voyait | comme ça, mais c’est tout. | Verlaine to Pierre Louÿs’. [74]: blank. 75-130: text. [131]: ‘PART THREE | Metroland II (1977) | Things and actions are what they are, and the consequences of them will be what they will be; | why then should we desire to be deceived? | Bishop Butler’. [132]: blank. 133-176: text.

General description: Binding 20.5 x 13.5 cm. Blue-grey boards, silver blocked on spine. Grey end-papers. Black dust jacket lettered in silver (title) and white (author), with a photograph of the author by Jerry Bauer on lower panel. Jacket based on the first U.K. edition by Jonathan Cape

Variants: Some first editions carry a “B” stamped to the front endpage, as pictured.

Metroland | Archive Edition (Vintage, 2016)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Metroland. London: Vintage, 2016. Pp. 203 [225] + [7]. 21.6 x 13.5 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: Julian Barnes. Metroland. London: Picador, 1990. Pp. 176. 19.7 x 12.8 cm. 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.