The Noise of Time (London Review Bookshop, 2016; Limited Edition Cloth)

Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes’s novel The Noise of Time was published in 2016, concurrently with the London Review Bookshop’s limited edition. The edition featured here is comprised of 75 copies signed by the author.

From the limitation page:

A special signed limited First Edition of
The Noise of Time
printed on Longan Book Wove 150gsm paper.
Numbers 1 to 75 have been quarter-bound
in Harmatan Yellow 30 Goatskin
with Atlantic Cloth sides and contain one
facsimile page from the author’s notebook.
25 copies (i to xxv), plus three hors de commerce,
have been fully bound in the same leather
and contain a portfolio of six facsimile pages
of early draft passages and notebook entries.

The edition featured here is numbered “11” and is signed by Julian Barnes to the limitation page. The facsimile page is contained in a paper folder with the following letterpressed to the front:

Draft of section when the opening
episode returns as a memory in the
second part of the novel.



The Only Story (Jonathan Cape, 2018)

Notes on this edition: First editionThe Only Story. London: Jonathan Cape, 2018. £16.99.

Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: JULIAN BARNES | THE ONLY STORY | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | LONDON

Copyright Page: 1 3 5 7 9 20 8 6 4 2 | Jonathan Cape, an imprint of Vintage Publishing, | 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, | London SW1V 2SA | Jonathan Cape is part of the Penguin Random House group of companies | whose addresses can be found at | [Penguin Random House UK device] | Copyright © Julian Barnes 2018 | Julian Barnes has asserted his right to be identified as the author of this Work in | accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 | First published by Jonathan Cape in 2018 | | A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library | ISBN: 9781787330696 | Typeset 11.5/14 pt Bembo by Jouve UK, Milton Keynes | Printed and bound by in Great Britain by Clays Ltd, St Ives PLC | Penguin Random House is committed to a sustainable future | for our business, our readers and our planet. This book is made | from Forest Stewardship Council® certified paper. | [FSC® logo]

Collation: 21.4 x 13.6 cm. Pp. [i-viii] [1-2] 3-83 [84-86] 87-158 [159-1160] 161-212 [213-216]. [i]: ‘THE ONLY STORY’. [ii]: ‘Also by Julian Barnes | FICTION | 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 | Cross Channel | England, England | Love, etc | The Lemon Table | Arthur & George | Pulse | The Sense of an Ending | The Noise of Time | NON-FICTION | Letters from London 1990–1995 | Something to Declare | The Pedant in the Kitchen | Nothing to Be Frightened Of | Through the Window | Levels of Life | Keeping an Eye Open | TRANSLATION | In the Land of Pain | by Alphonse Daudet’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘to Hermione’. [vi]: blank. [vii]: ‘Novel: A small tale, generally of love. | Samuel Johnson | A Dictionary of the English Language (1755)’. [viii]: blank. [1]: ‘ONE’. [2]: blank. 3-83: text. [84]: blank. [85]: ‘TWO’. [86]: blank. 87-158: text. [159]: ‘THREE’. [160]: blank. 161-[213]: text. [214-216]: blank.

General description: Binding 22.3  x 14.4 cm. Red cloth boards stamped in silver lettering to spine. Red endpapers. Cover design by Suzanne Dean. Back flap of dust jacket features an author photograph by Urszula Soltys.

The Only Story | Uncorrected Proof (Jonathan Cape, 2018)

Notes on this edition: The Only Story. London: Jonathan Cape, 2018. Pp. 213. Uncorrected Proof.

Distributed in 2017 in advance anticipation of the publication of The Only Story by Jonathan Cape. Publication date stated as ’01 February 2018′ at a price of £14.99.

Talking It Over | Uncorrected Proof (Jonathan Cape, 1991)

Notes on this edition: Talking It Over. London: Jonathan Cape, 1991. Pp. 273.

Uncorrected Proof in stiff white card wrappers reproducing dust jacket illustration in black and white. Lettered in black, except for ‘UNCORRECTED PROOF’ in white along bottom of front cover. (21.6 x 13.8 cm). Issued with proof jacket that states ‘PROOF ONLY’ and provides provisional publication date of ’11 July 1991′ on back flap. This provisional date is also listed to the back cover of the proof along with a provisional price of £13.99.

Pulse | Limited Edition (Jonathan Cape, 2011)

Notes on this edition: Pulse. London: Jonathan Cape, 2011. Pp. 228.

Bound in illustrated boards with a decorative slip case, this limited edition was signed by the author in an edition of 500 copies. Shown here are both an unopened copy and a copy inscribed by the author “out of series” [Note: The name of the dedicatee has been removed from the image.]

The Porcupine | Uncorrected Proof (Jonathan Cape, 1992)

Notes on this edition: The Porcupine. London: Jonathan Cape, 1992. Uncorrected Proof in stiff white card wrappers reproducing dust jacket illustration in black and white. Lettered in black, except for ‘UNCORRECTED PROOF’ in white along bottom of front cover. (20.3 x 13.6 cm).

Provisional UK Publication date of 5 November 1992 at a provisional price of £9.99.


Staring at the Sun | Uncorrected Proof (Jonathan Cape, 1986)

Notes on this edition: Staring at the Sun. London: Jonathan Cape, 1986. Uncorrected Proof in brown, white and orange pictorial wraps. Image is similar to the final dust jacket. White lettering, except ‘UNCORRECTED PROOF’ in black along bottom. (20.7 x 13.8 cm).

Provisional U.K. publication date set for 18 September 1986, for a provisional price of £9.95.

“The Stowaway” | Free Sample Chapter (Reader’s Collection, 1989)

Notes on this edition: “The Stowaway” from A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. The Reader’s Collection, 1989. Pp.28.

Sample chapter from Julian Barnes’s novel bound in paper covers. Stated on the inside pages: “This free sample chapter is one of the four specially printed for the Summer Reader’s Collection […]”.

The sample chapter includes a reproduction of the novel’s title page and copyright page. As this is the only sample examined, it remains unclear why the Barnes chapter was bound in a cover featuring cover art from Gita Mehta’s Raj.

Cross Channel | 50th Birthday Edition (Jonathan Cape, 1996)

Notes on this edition: Cross Channel: Stories. London: Jonathan Cape, 1996.

Special limited edition of fifty (50) copies in celebration of Julian Barnes’s fiftieth birthday.

The text block is identical to the first Jonathan Cape edition, except that the title page features Julian Barnes’s signature and limitation numbering in his hand. Also contains a four page signature tipped in to the front, the first sheet glued to a blue marbled endpaper (pictured). Another four page signature tipped in back, the last sheet glued to a blue marbled endpaper.

Text block: 20.0 x 13.6 cm. Binding: 21.3 x 14.4 cm. First edition sheets with gilt edges, bound in dark blue leather with marbled endpapers. Gold embossed on the front: ‘A SPECIAL EDITION / TO CELEBRATE JULIAN BARNES’S / FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY’. 

Also included with this example is a single sheet invitation from the Directors of Jonathan Cape to a special birthday dinner celebrating the author’s birthday.

Cross Channel | Uncorrected Proof (Jonathan Cape, 1996)

Notes on this edition: Cross Channel: Stories. London: Jonathan Cape, 1996.

Uncorrected Proof in cream card wraps with black and red lettering. Designed to resemble a traditional French Gallimard paperback edition. ‘JONATHAN CAPE UNCORRECTED BOOK PROOF’ in black along bottom of upper panel. Limited to 500 copies with the numbering to the first sheet. (20.5 x 13.9 cm).