Arthur & George | “Airport” Paperback (Jonathan Cape, 2005)

Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Arthur & George. London: Jonathan Cape, 2005. Pp. 360 + [2]. 23.2 x 15.2 cm. ISBN: 0224077821. (“Trade Paperback”).

This edition was published shortly after Jonathan Cape released the first hardback edition. While the copyright pages suggests this is a “Trade Paperback”, the intention was to capitalize on the novel’s popularity by introducing a cheaper edition to select markets, such as airports, while traditional bookstores still carried the hardback edition (i.e. prior to Jonathan Cape’s publication of the regular paperback edition later in 2005). For this reason, the paper covers replicate the Jonathan Cape hardback edition.

Title page appears identical to the hardback edition, and the copyright page states this particular specimen is a fourth printing.