The Sense of an Ending (London Review Bookshop, 2011; Limited Edition Full Leather)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. The Sense of an Ending. London: London Review Bookshop, 2011. Limited Edition Full Leather. The book itself measures 20.6 x 13.8 cm. The slipcase measures 21.5 x 14.2 cm.

In 2011, the London Review Bookshop issued two limited editions of Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending, one quarter-bound in leather (75 copies) and one full leather (25 copies). The text block of both editions is tinted green, as pictured.

The limitation page of both editions are identical:

A special signed limited First Edition of
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
comprising 100 copies housed in a cloth slipcase
of which 25 have been full bound in leather
numbered I to XXV and 75 quarter bound in the
same leather with cloth sides, numbered 1 to 75.

The bindings have been designed by
Andrew Stilwell and the books have been bound by
The Fine Book Bindery, Finedon, Northants, under
the direction of Patrick Roe.

This is number
[# and signature by Julian Barnes]

Note: The limitation page of this example has been cropped to remove the personalized inscription from Julian Barnes to the edition’s owner.

The Sense of an Ending (London Review Bookshop, 2011; Limited Edition Quarter Leather)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. The Sense of an Ending. London: London Review Bookshop, 2011. Limited Edition Quarter Leather. The book itself measures 20.6 x 13.8 cm. The slipcase measures 21.5 x 14.2 cm.

In 2011, the London Review Bookshop issued two limited editions of Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending, one quarter-bound in leather (75 copies) and one full leather (25 copies). The text block of both editions is tinted green, as pictured.

The limitation page of both editions are identical:

A special signed limited First Edition of
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
comprising 100 copies housed in a cloth slipcase
of which 25 have been full bound in leather
numbered I to XXV and 75 quarter bound in the
same leather with cloth sides, numbered 1 to 75.

The bindings have been designed by
Andrew Stilwell and the books have been bound by
The Fine Book Bindery, Finedon, Northants, under
the direction of Patrick Roe.

This is number
[# and signature by Julian Barnes]

Note: The limitation page of this example has been digitally altered to remove the personalized inscription from Julian Barnes to the edition’s owner.

Nothing to be Frightened of (London Review Bookshop, 2008; Limited Edition Full Leather)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Nothing to be Frightened of. London: London Review Bookshop, 2008. Limited edition bound in full leather and signed by the author. The book itself measures 22.2 x 14.2 cm. The solander box measures 24.5 x 16 cm.

In 2008, the London Review Bookshop issued two limited editions of Julian Barnes’s Nothing to be Frightened of, one quarter-bound in leather (100 copies) and one full leather (25 copies). The text block of both editions is tinted blue, as pictured.

The limitation page of both editions are identical:

A special signed limited First Edition of
Nothing to be Frightened of, comprising 125 copies,
of which one hundred have been quarter-bound
in Harmatan fine grain leather (Crimson 21)
with patterned boards designed by Enid Marx
(© Judd Street Gallery 1988), housed in a cloth
slipcase and numbered 1-100 and twenty-five
fully bound in the same leather, housed in
a solander box and numbered I-XXV.

The bindings have been designed by
Andrew Stilwell and the books have been bound,
slipcased and boxed by The Fine Book Bindery,
Wellingborough, Northants.

This is number
[# and signature by Julian Barnes]

Nothing to be Frightened of (London Review Bookshop, 2008; Limited Edition Quarter Leather)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Nothing to be Frightened of. London: London Review Bookshop, 2008. Limited edition bound in quarter leather and signed by the author. The book itself measures 22.2 x 14.3 cm. The slipcase measures 23.0 x 14.8 cm.

In 2008, the London Review Bookshop issued two limited editions of Julian Barnes’s Nothing to be Frightened of, one quarter-bound in leather (100 copies) and one full leather (25 copies). The text block of both editions is tinted blue, as pictured.

The limitation page of both editions are identical:

A special signed limited First Edition of
Nothing to be Frightened of, comprising 125 copies,
of which one hundred have been quarter-bound
in Harmatan fine grain leather (Crimson 21)
with patterned boards designed by Enid Marx
(© Judd Street Gallery 1988), housed in a cloth
slipcase and numbered 1-100 and twenty-five
fully bound in the same leather, housed in
a solander box and numbered I-XXV.

The bindings have been designed by
Andrew Stilwell and the books have been bound,
slipcased and boxed by The Fine Book Bindery,
Wellingborough, Northants.

This is number
[# and signature by Julian Barnes]

The Only Story (London Review Bookshop, 2018; Limited Edition Quarter Leather & Cloth)


Notes on this edition: The Only Story. London: London Review Bookshop, 2018. The book itself measures 22.2 x 14.8 cm. The slipcase measures 23.1 x 15.3 cm.

This is the quarter-leather and cloth edition of the signed, limited edition in slip case. The limitation pages reads:

A special signed limited
First Edition
of
The Only Story
printed on
Longan Book Wove 150gsm paper.
Numbers 1 to 75 have been quarter-bound
in Harmatan Green 16 goatskin with
Dubletta cloth sides and contain one
facsimile page from the author’s notebook.
25 copies (i to xxv), plus 3 hors 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 book presented here is number 4 of the quarter-bound edition limited to 75 copies. The full leather edition was published simultaneously.

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


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.

The book itself measures 20.6 x 13.7 cm. The slipcase measures 21.3 x 14.2 cm.

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.

JULIAN BARNES (c) 2016

 

Pulse | Limited Edition (Jonathan Cape, 2011)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Pulse. London: Jonathan Cape, 2011. Pp. 228 + [4]. 22.2 x 14.3 cm. Case measures: 23 x 15 cm.

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.]

Bruce Chatwin, Martin Amis, Julian Barnes: A Bibliography of Their First Editions (Colophon Press Bibliography Series, No. 2, 1992)


Notes on this edition: David Rees – Bruce Chatwin, Martin Amis, Julian Barnes: A Bibliography of Their First Editions. London: Colophon Press, 1992. Pp. 24. ISBN (numbered edition): 1874122024; (lettered edition): 1874122032.

An early bibliography of Julian Barnes’s works from Metroland to Talking It Over, including his novels written under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh.

Number 2 in the Colophon Press Bibliography Series, published on 14 February 1992. Published in an edition of 250 numbered copies, with an additional 26 signed copies lettered A-Z.

Staring at the Sun (Marlies Louwes, 1997)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Staring at the Sun. Groningen: Marlies Louwes, 1997. Pp. [12]. 11.7 x 18.5 cm.

Limited, letterpress edition of the opening section of Julian Barnes’s novel Staring at the Sun. This pamphlet features artwork by Marlies Louwes. The colophon states: ‘Typeset in Bembo and Printed in 40 copies on Zerkall-Bütten.’ Text reprinted with the author’s permission. Yellow paper cover. 

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


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Cross Channel: Stories. London: Jonathan Cape, 1996. Pp. 211 + [7].

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.

The photos below are from the author’s personal copy of this limited edition. Included inside the book is a postcard related to Barnes’s short story “Evermore”.