Talking It Over (Vintage International, 1992; Canadian Edition)

Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Talking It Over. Toronto: Vintage Books, 1992. Pp. 275 + [1]. 20.2 x 13.1 cm. ISBN: 0394222989.

Stated as the “First Vintage Books Edition” to the copyright page. This paperback edition of Julian Barnes’s novel Talking It Over is the first Canadian paperback edition. While appearing nearly identical to the first Vintage International edition published in the U.S., the two editions feature different title pages, copyright pages, and there are subtle differences to the dust covers, including price and promotional blurbs. A later printing copyright page is also pictured above.

The example below is priced at $17.95. It features blurbs from Canadian publications to the back cover. The copyright page states this is a “First Vintage Books Edition” and has a printing number line that reads “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2”, but the back of the book  includes advertisements for England, England (1998) and — “NEW FROM RANDOM HOUSE CANADA” — Love, etc (2000), thus suggesting it is a later reprint. ISBN: 9780394222981.