Notes on this edition: First edition U.K. hardback published by Jonathan Cape. This copy signed by Julian Barnes and dated “3/9/98”. ISBN: 0224052756.
Also includes an inscription from a different copy in which Barnes inscribes the preliminary page for a charity event.
Descriptive Bibliography: First Edition — England, England. London: Jonathan Cape, 1998. £15.99.
Title Page: ENGLAND, | ENGLAND | Julian Barnes | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | LONDON
Copyright Page: First published 1998 | 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 | Copyright © Julian Barnes 1998 | Julian Barnes has asserted his right | under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 | to be identified as the author of this work | First published in the United Kingdom in 1998 by | Jonathan Cape | Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA | Random House Australia (Pty) Limited | 20 Alfred Street, Milsons Point, Sydney, | New South Wales 2061, Australia | Random House New Zealand Limited | 18 Poland Road, Glenfield, | Auckland 10, New Zealand | Random House South Africa (Pty) Limited | PO Box 337, Bergvlei, 2012 South Africa | Random House UK Limited Reg. No. 954009 | A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library | Papers used by Random House UK Limited are natural, | recyclable products made from wood grown in sustainable forests. | The manufacturing processes conform to the environmental | regulations of the country of origin. | ISBN 0-224-05275-6 | Typeset in Baskerville by Deltatype Ltd, Birkenhead | Printed and bound in Great Britain | by Mackays of Chatham PLC
Collation: 21.5 x 13.8 cm. Pp. [i-vi, 1-2] 3-25 [26-27] 28-103 [104-105] 106-175 [176-177] 178-238 [239-240] 241-266. [i]: ‘ENGLAND, | ENGLAND’. [ii]: ‘by the same author | METROLAND | BEFORE SHE MET ME | FLAUBERT’S PARROT | STARING AT THE SUN | A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 10½ CHAPTERS | TALKING IT OVER | THE PORCUPINE | LETTERS FROM LONDON 1990—1995 | CROSS CHANNEL’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘TO PAT’. [vi]: blank. : ‘1: ENGLAND’. : blank. 3-25: text. : blank. : ‘2: ENGLAND, | ENGLAND | One’. 28-103: text. : blank. : ‘Two’. 106-175: text. : blank. : ‘Three’. 178-238: text. : ‘3: ANGLIA’. : blank. 241-266: text.
General description: Binding 22.2 x 14.4 cm. Black boards, silver blocked on spine. Dark blue endpapers. Upper and lower panels of dust jacket depict a puzzle of England in blue, orange, yellow, purple, pink, and red. Lettered in white, excepting the price in red. Illustration by Bill Gregory. Author photograph by Jillian Edelstein on back flap.
Printing Error on First Cape Edition: Below is an unusual example of a printing error on the first Jonathan Cape edition of Julian Barnes’s England, England. In this book, four pages feature a paper overlay (pp. 71-74), presumably the results of a quality control issue related to the end of a large paper roll (or the connecting of two rolls) during the printing process. The connecting paper/overlay is of a slightly different, light blue color.