Paeans for Porter | Lettered Copy (Bridgewater Press, 1999)


Notes on this edition: Paeans for Porter: A Celebration for Peter Porter on His Seventieth Birthday by Twenty of His Friends. Edited by Anthony Thwaite. London: Bridgewater Press, 1999.

Julian Barnes contributes a piece titled “Postcard to Peter Porter” (Pp. 16-19) for this collection in honor of the poet Peter Porter. Other contributors include: Martin Amis, Alan Brownjohn, Geoffrey Burgon, Wendy Cope, Allen Curnow, Ian Duhig, D. J. Enright, U. A. Fanthorpe, Barry Humphries, Clive James, David Malouf, Les Murray, Sean O’Brien, C K. Stead, George Szirtes, Ann Thwaite, Anthony Thwaite, William Trevor, and Kit Wright.

The limitation page indicates Bridgewater Press issued three editions of this book, as follows:

“This book is published in an edition of 113 copies on Archival Parchment paper. Seventy-five copies, numbered 1-75, are bound in Ratchford Atlantic cloth. Twenty-six copies signed by the contributors, lettered A-Z, are bound in quarter cloth and marbled paper boards. Twelve copies signed by the contributors, numbered I-XII, are bound in quarter Library Calf.”

This contributor’s copy is from Julian Barnes’s personal collection. Also signed by Peter Porter.

The Barnes Collection | Artwork by Volker Kriegel


Notes on this piece: Volker Kriegel. “The Barnes Collection”.

Work of art by Volker Kriegel created for Julian Barnes’s German publisher Haffmans Verlag to celebrate the author’s fiftieth birthday. The image shows Barnes pointing to framed works of art, each a dust cover of his various German editions published by Haffmans.

Inscribed by Volker Kriegel: “THE BARNES COLLECTION. — FOR JULIAN B. WITH HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS ON THE FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY. FROM HAFFMANS VERLAG.” [Signed and dated “JAN/96”]

The Truth about Dogs | Artwork by Volker Kriegel


Notes on this piece: Volker Kriegel. Artwork featured on the cover of The Truth about Dogs (1988), translated and with an introduction by Julian Barnes. This work of art is framed and inscribed by Kriegel to Julian Barnes:

“HUNDE SIND SENTIMENTAL – FOR JULIAN BARNES WITH MANY THANKS | FOR THE MARVELLOUS INTRODUCTION TO | ‘THE TRUTH ABOUT DOGS'”

Also inscribed by Liz Calder, Barnes’s editor: “– and love from Liz x | January 1989”

Flauberts Papagei | Artwork by Volker Kriegel


Notes on this piece: Volker Kriegel. Artwork featured on the cover of Flauberts Papagei (1987).

This work of art is framed and inscribed by Kriegel to Julian Barnes, dated “8/87”.

Das Wörterbuch der übernommenen Ideen | Artwork by Volker Kriegel


Notes on this piece: Volker Kriegel. Artwork featured on the cover of Das Wörterbuch der übernommenen Ideen (1987) with an afterwards by Julian Barnes. This work of art is framed and inscribed by Kriegel to Julian Barnes, dated on Barnes’s birthday:

FLAUBERT, COLLECTING SOME MATERIAL FOR | ‘LE DICTIONNAIRE DES IDEES RECUES’ | FOR JULIAN BARNES  19.1.88  [signed: Volker Kriegel]

Flaubert’in Papağanı | Flaubert’s Parrot (Can Yayınları, 1989; Turkish)


Notes on this edition: Flaubert’in Papağanı | Flaubert’s Parrot. Istanbul: Can Yayınları, 1989. Pp. 248. 19.5 x 12.6. Translated by Savkar Altinel. ISBN: 9755100350. (Turkish).

Flauberts papegøje | Flaubert’s Parrot (Tiderne Skifter, 1987; Danish)


Notes on this edition: Flauberts papegøje | Flaubert’s Parrot. Copenhagen: Tiderne Skifter, 1987. Pp. 223 + [1]. 21 x 13.2 cm. Translated by Lisbeth Hertel. ISBN: 8774452878. (Danish).

Voor ze me kende | Before She Met Me (Uitgeverij de Arbeiderspers, 1988; Dutch)


Notes on this edition: Voor ze me kende | Before She Met Me. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij de Arbeiderspers, 1988. Pp. 204. 20 x 12.5 cm. Translated by Else Hoog. ISBN: 9029501340. (Dutch).

Grote ABC, nr. 620.

Metroland (Diana Verlag, 1999; German)


Notes on this edition: Metroland. Zürich: Diana Verlag, 1999. Pp. 231 [232] + [8]. 18.6 x 12 cm. Translated by Gertraude Krueger. ISBN: 3453152654. (German).

Published by Diana Verlag, but Heyne website listed on the copyright page.

In die Sonne sehen | Staring at the Sun (Heyne, 1996; German)


Notes on this edition: In die Sonne sehen | Staring at the Sun. Munich: Wilhelm Heyne, 1996. Pp. 269 [270] + [2]. 17.8 x 11.4 cm. Translated by Gertraude Krueger. ISBN: 3453092554. (German).