Un homme dans sa cuisine | The Pedant in the Kitchen (Mercure de France, 2005; French)

Notes on this edition: Un homme dans sa cuisine | The Pedant in the Kitchen. Paris: Mercure de France, 2005. Pp. 153. Translated by Josette Chicheportiche. ISBN:  9782715225084 (French).

“Admirable Positives and Enviable Negatives” | The Red Barn (National Theatre, 2016)

Notes on this publication: In 2016, the National Theatre presented David Hare’s The Red Barn, a play based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon. The programme for the play includes an essay by Julian Barnes titled “Admirable Positives and Enviable Negatives”. The essay is adapted from his essay “Georges Simenon Returns”, first published in The Times Literary Supplement (7 May 2014).

El sentido de un final | The Sense of an Ending (Editorial Anagrama, 2012; Spanish)

Notes on this edition: El sentido de un final | The Sense of an Ending. Barcelona: Editorial Anagrama, 2012. Pp. 186. 22 cm. Translated by Jaime Zulaika. ISBN: 9788433978523 (Spanish).

Copyright page states: “Primera edición: noviembre 2012”.

El sentit d’un final | The Sense of an Ending (Angle Editorial, 2012; Catalán)

Notes on this edition: El sentit d’un final | The Sense of an Ending. Barcelona: Angle Editorial, 2012. Pp. 159. 23 cm. Translated by d’Alexandre Gombau i Arnau. ISBN: 9788415695059 (Catalán).

Love, etc. | Uncorrected Proof (Jonathan Cape, 2000)

Notes on this edition: Uncorrected Proof in light green paper cover with black lettering.   ‘JONATHAN CAPE UNCORRECTED BOOK PROOF’ in black along bottom of upper panel. Issued with an orange publicity sheet stating publication information and author bio. Title listed as ‘Love, etc.’ [full stop]. The full stop was later removed in the first edition U.K. hardback. (20.6 x 13.5 cm).


Metroland (Picador, 1990)

Notes on this edition: Metroland. London: Picador, 1990. Pp. 176. ISBN: 0330313819 (UK £3.99; $11.99 Australia; NZ $15.95)

First edition Picador paperback, published by Pan Books in association with Jonathan Cape. Cover illustration by Kenny McKendry.

Signed by Julian Barnes to the title page. Paper cover is in rough condition, so we are seeking additional specimens.

Vom Ende einer Geschichte | The Sense of an Ending (btb, 2013; German)

Notes on this edition: Vom Ende einer Geschichte | The Sense of an Ending.btb, 2013. Pp. 181. 19 cm. Translated by Gertraude Krueger. ISBN: 9783442745470 (German).

Copyright page lists the specific date of publication as “Juli 2013”. Spine label states this is btb “774547”.

In 2017, btb issued a reprint of this edition. The reprint features the same ISBN, pagination, and btb number of “774547”, but the layout of the title page and copyright page are changed and there are minor alterations to the cover, as shown below.

Staring at the Sun (Random House, 1987; Canadian Paperback)

Notes on this edition: Staring at the Sun. Toronto: Random House, 1987. Pp. 197. ISBN: 0394220471

Second Canadian edition issued in paperback, as stated on the copyright page.

Keeping an Eye Open | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015)

Notes on this edition: Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. Uncorrected proof in teal paper cover, as pictured. Front cover lists the publication date as “9 OCTOBER 2015”, a provisional price of $30.00.

Staring at the Sun | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 1987)

Notes on this edition: Uncorrected Proof of Julian Barnes’s fourth novel Staring at the Sun. Published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1987, and bound in orange wraps with black lettering. (21.2 x 13.7 cm).

Two versions of this proof are shown. The first is as published, while the second has a slip of paper taped to the cover directly under the author’s name. The paper states, “Author of FLAUBERT’S PARROT.” This version also includes a handwritten tentative publication date of “April 2, 1987” and the tentative price of “$15.95.” Stapled inside the front cover are two promotional sheets. The first describes and promotes Staring at the Sun, and the second features review blurbs in promotion of Barnes’s widely acclaimed novel Flaubert’s Parrot.