Piikkisika | The Porcupine (WSOY, 1993; Finnish)


Notes on this edition: Piikkisika | The Porcupine. Porvoo Helsinki Juva: WSOY, 1993. Pp. 155 [1]. 21 cm. Translated by Kristiina Drews. ISBN: 9510189634. (Finnish).

Arthur & George (Alfred A. Knopf, 2006; Book Club Paperback)


Notes on this edition: Arthur & George. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. Pp. 388.

This paperback edition was issued prior to the first Vintage paperback edition. Appears to be a book club edition, though no indication of this appears on the text, outside of a white box with the number “1203201” to the bottom right corner on the back cover. This echoes the same white box with the number “1198165” that appears on the dust jacket of the hardback book club edition. As with that edition, no publication date is indicated on the title page, and the copyright page only lists the original copyright date of 2005. As this paperback features the same artwork as the Alfred A. Knopf hardback book club edition (2006), along with identical blurbs to the back cover.

The Only Story | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018)


Notes on this edition: The Only Story. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. Pp. 254.

Uncorrected Proof featuring jacket design by Carol Devine Carson. Preliminary price set at $25.95. Back cover states, “TO BE PUBLISHED BY KNOPF IN APRIL 2018 | FIRST PRINTING: 75,000”.

Staring at the Sun (Alfred A. Knopf, 1986)


Notes on this edition: First American edition – New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987. $15.95.


Descriptive Bibliography

Title Page: JULIAN BARNES | [multiple lines of alternating thickness arranged to suggest the image of a sunset] | STARING | AT THE SUN | [ruled lines of alternating thickness] | ALFRED A. KNOPF  NEW YORK | 1  9  [Knopf device]  8  7

Copyright Page: THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK | PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF, INC. | Copyright © 1986 by Julian Barnes | All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright | Conventions. Published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., | New York. Distributed by Random House, Inc., New York. | Originally published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape, Limited, London. | Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data | Barnes, Julian. | Staring at the sun. | I. Title. | PR6052.A6657S7  1986  823’.914  86-40443 | ISBN 0-394-55821-9 | Manufactured in the United States of America | FIRST AMERICAN EDITION

Collation: 21.2 x 14.4 cm. Untrimmed pages. Pp. [i-viii, 1-8] 9-65 [66-70] 71-137 [138-142] 143-197 [198-200] [Note: no even page numbers were printed]. [i]: blank. [ii]: ‘ALSO BY JULIAN BARNES | Metroland | Before She Met Me | Flaubert’s Parrot’. [iii]: ‘STARING AT THE SUN’. [iv]: blank. [v]: title page. [vi]: copyright page. [vii]: ‘to Pat’. [viii]: blank. [1]: ‘STARING AT THE SUN’. [2]: blank. [3-4]: text. [5]: ‘[multiple lines of alternating thickness arranged to suggest the image of a sunset] | ONE | You ask me what life is? It is like asking what a carrot | is. A carrot is a carrot, and nothing more is known. | –CHEKHOV TO OLGA KNIPPER, 20 April 1904 | [ruled lines of alternating thickness]’. [6]: blank. [7]-[66]: text. [67]: ‘[multiple lines of alternating thickness arranged to suggest the image of a sunset] | TWO | Three wise men—are you serious? | –GRAFFITO, c. 1984 | [ruled lines of alternating thickness]’. [68]: blank. [69]-137: text. [138]: blank. [139]: ‘[multiple lines of alternating thickness arranged to suggest the image of a sunset] | THREE | immortality is no learned question. | –KIERKEGAARD | [ruled lines of alternating thickness]’. [140]: blank. [141]-197: text. [198]: blank. [199]: ‘A NOTE ON THE TYPE | The text of this book was set in a digitized version of Bembo, a | well-known Monotype face. Named for Pietro Bembo, the cele- | brated Renaissance writer and humanist scholar who was made a | cardinal and served as secretary to Pope Leo X, the original cut- | ting of Bembo was made by Francesco Griffo of Bologna only a | few years after Columbus discovered America. | Sturdy, well balanced, and finely proportioned, Bembo is a | face of rare beauty, extremely legible in all of its sizes. | Composed by Creative Graphics, Inc. | Printed and bound by Fairfield Graphics, | Fairfield, Pennsylvania. | Book design by Marysarah Quinn’. [200]: blank.

General description: Binding 22 x 15 cm. White boards, light purple quarter binding with gold blocked letters on spine. White endpapers. White dust jacket lettered in light purple (title), blue (author), and black (quotes on lower panel). Multi-colored cover illustration by Havier Romero. Photograph of the author by Nancy Crampton located on back flap.

Levels of Life (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013)


Notes on this edition: First edition – New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. $22.95. 


Descriptive Bibliography

Title Page: LEVELS OF LIFE | Julian Barnes | [Knopf device] | ALFRED A. KNOPF | NEW YORK  2013

Copyright Page: THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK | PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF | Copyright © 2013 by Julian Barnes | All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Alfred A. | Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. | Originally published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape, | an imprint of The Random House Group Limited, London. | www.aaknopf.com | Knopf, Borzoi Books, and the colophon are registered | trademarks of Random House, Inc. | Grateful acknowledgment is made to Christopher Reid for | permission to reprint an excerpt from “Exasperated Pity” by | Christopher Reid. Reprinted by permission of the poet. | The author is grateful to Richard Holmes’s The Age of Wonder | for its account of eighteenth-century ballooning. | Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data | Barnes, Julian. | Levels of life / by Julian Barnes.—First United Stated edition. | p.  cm. | | ISBN 978-0-385-35077-8 (hardcover) | I. Title. | PR6052.A6657L48 2013 | 823’.914—dc23 | [B]     2013004601 | Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson | Manufactured in the United States of America | First United States Edition

Collation: 19.0 x 13.2 cm. Pp. [i-x, 1-3] 4-30 [31-33] 34-69 [70-73] 74-128 [129-134]. [i]: blank. [ii]: ‘ALSO BY JULIAN BARNES | FICTION | Metroland | Before She Met Me | Flaubert’s Parrot | Staring at the Sun | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters | Talking It Over | The Porcupine | Cross Channel | England, England | Love, Etc. | The Lemon Table | Arthur & George | Pulse | The Sense of an Ending | NONFICTION | Letters From London, 1990–1995 | Something to Declare | The Pedant in the Kitchen | Nothing to Be Frightened Of | TRANSLATION | In The Land of Pain by Alphonse Daudet’. [iii]: ‘LEVELS OF LIFE’. [iv]: blank. [v]: title page. [vi]: copyright page. [vii]: ‘FOR PAT’. [viii]: blank. [ix]: ‘CONTENTS | THE SIN OF HEIGHT | 1  | ON THE LEVEL | 31 | THE LOSS OF DEPTH | 71’. [x]: blank. [1]: ‘THE SIN OF HEIGHT’. [2]: blank. [3]-30: text. [31]: ‘ON THE LEVEL’. [32]: blank. [33]-69: text. [70]: blank. [71]: ‘THE LOSS OF DEPTH’. [72]: blank. [73]-128: text. [129-130]: blank. [131]: ‘A NOTE ABOUT THE AUTHOR | Julian Barnes is the author of eleven novels, three | books of short stories, and three collections of | journalism. In addition to the Man Booker Prize, his | other honors include the Somerset Maugham Award, | the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the | E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy | of Arts and Letters. He lives in London.’. [132]: blank. [133]: ‘A NOTE ON THE TYPE | This book was set in a version of the well-known | Monotype face Bembo. This letter was cut for | the celebrated Venetian printer Aldus Manutius | by Francesco Griffo, and first used in Pietro | Cardinal Bembo’s De Aetna of 1495. | Typeset by Scribe, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Printed and bound by RR Donnelley, | Harrisonburg, Virginia’. [134]: blank.  

General description: Binding 19.7 x 14.0 cm. Grey paper boards with black quarter-cloth spine stamped in silver lettering. White endpapers. Back flap of dust jacket features a photograph of Julian Barnes and Pat Kavanagh by Jillian Edelstein. Bottom of back flap dates the dust jacket as ‘9/2013’.

Flaubert’s Parrot | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012; Everyman’s Library #348)


Notes on this edition: Flaubert’s Parrot | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. Pp. . 449. 21 cm. ISBN: 9780307961433.

This Everman’s Library edition publishes Julian Barnes’s novels Flaubert’s Parrot and A History of the World in 10½ Chapters with an introduction by Sarah Churchwell (pp. vii-xvii).

Listed as Everyman’s Library #348.

En la tierra del dolor | In the Land of Pain (Alba Editorial, 2003; Spanish)


Notes on this edition: En la tierra del dolor | In the Land of Pain. Written by Alphonse Daudet. Barcelona: Alba Editorial, 2003. Pp. 102. 22 cm. Translated by María Teresa Gallego Urrutia and Jesús Zulaika Goikoetxea. ISBN: 8484281965. (Spanish).

Julian Barnes’s introduction appears on pp. 9-19.

Når noget slutter | The Sense of an Ending (Tiderne Skifter, 2011; Danish)


Notes on this edition: Når noget slutter | The Sense of an Ending. Copenhagen: Tiderne Skifter, 2011. Pp. 167. Translated by Claus Bech. ISBN: 9788779734944. (Danish).

England, England (Vintage International, 2000)


Notes on this edition: England, England. New York: Vintage International, 2000. Pp. 275. 22 cm. ISBN: 0375705503.

Letters from London | Uncorrected Proof (Picador, 1995)


Notes on this edition: Letters from London 1990-1995. London: Picador, 1995. Pp. 334. (20.5 x 14.3 cm).

Uncorrected Proof in white card wraps with black lettering. Author photo on front by Jillian Edelstein.  ‘UNCORRECTED BOOK PROOF’ in black near bottom of back cover. 

The first state of this proof lists the provisional publication date as ’21 April 1995′, but a later state carries a corrective sticker listing the publication date as ‘7 April’.