A History of the World in 10½ Chapters | Unbound Proof (Jonathan Cape, 1989; Author’s Copy)


Notes on this edition: A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. London: Jonathan Cape, 1989.

This unbound, loose sheet uncorrected proof is from Julian Barnes’s personal collection. Printed by “Rowland Phototypesetting”, these loose proofs are printed on one side of each sheet, two pages per page, landscape format.

Jonathan Cape eventually published two separate bound proofs, the first in red and the second in white with illustrated cover. Both proofs state publication was scheduled for 22 June 1989. This proof has a date of “6th February 1989” printed to the cover sheet, which undoubtedly refers to the date the proof was printed by Rowland Phototypesetting.

Une histoire du monde en 10 chapitres ½ | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Stock, 1990; French)


Notes on this edition: Une histoire du monde en 10 chapitres ½ | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Paris: Stock, 1990. Pp. 411 + [9]. 22.5 x 14 cm. Translated by Michel Courtois-Fourcy. ISBN: 2234022509. (French).

Istorija sveta u 10½ poglavlja | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Centar za Geopoetiku, 1994; Serbo-Croatian)


Notes on this edition: Istorija sveta u 10½ poglavlja | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Belgrade: Centar za Geopoetiku, 1994. Pp. 304 + [6]. 21 cm. Translated by Ivana Đordjević and Srđan Vujica. (Serbian).

This example is from Julian Barnes’s personal collection and features a handmade cover mailed to the author prior to publication. A letter from the publisher was placed inside the book that reads, in part:

“I enclose the Serbo-Croatian version of A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters. […] [T]he book cover was put together by hand because the final print wasn’t ready by my departure date. […] At least it gives you an idea of what will be appearing in Yugoslav bookstores.” [Signed Christina Pribichevich-Zoric]

This book was republished by Centar za Geopoetiku in 1996.

Istorija sveta u 10½ poglavlja | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Geopoetika, 2002; Serbian)


Notes on this edition: Istorija sveta u 10½ poglavlja | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Belgrade: Geopoetika, 2002. Pp. 304 + [8]. 20 x 13.4 cm. Translated by Ivana Đordjević and Srđan Vujica. (Serbian).

Very similar format and design as the same title published by Centar za Geopoetiku (1996).

Historie světa v 10½ kapitolách | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Slovenský spisovatel, 1994; Slovak)


Notes on this edition: Historie světa v 10½ kapitolách | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Bratislava: Slovenský spisovatel, 1994. Pp. 274 [275] + [5]. 19.5 x 12.5 cm. Translated by Jozef Kot. ISBN: 8022005894. (Slovak).

Dust jacket and pictorial binding share the same layout and images.

Una Historia del Mundo en Diez Capítulos y Medio | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Círculo de Lectores, 1991; Spanish Book Club)


Notes on this edition: Una Historia del Mundo en Diez Capítulos y Medio | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Barcelona: Círculo de Lectores, 1991. Pp. 357 + [3]. 21.2 x 13.3 cm. Translated by Maribel de Juan. ISBN: 8422636808. (Spanish Book Club).

Una storia del mondo in 10 capitoli e ½ | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Rizzoli, 1990; Italian)


Notes on this edition: Una storia del mondo in 10 capitoli e ½ | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Milan: Rizzoli, 1990. Pp. 358 [359] + [9]. 22.3 x 14.5 cm. Translated by Riccardo Mainardi. ISBN: 8817671126. (Italian).

Istorija sveta u 10½ poglavlja | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Centar za Geopoetiku, 1996; Serbian)


Notes on this edition: Istorija sveta u 10½ poglavlja | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Belgrade: Centar za Geopoetiku, 1996. Pp. 304 + [6]. 21 cm. Translated by Ivana Đordjević and Srđan Vujica. ISBN: 8682347385. (Serbian).

Stiff paper cover with dust jacket that does not remove.

Eine Geschichte der Welt in 10½ Kapiteln | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Büchergilde Gutenberg, 1992; German)


Notes on this edition: Eine Geschichte der Welt in 10½ Kapiteln | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Frankfurt am Main, Wien: Büchergilde Gutenberg, 1992. Pp. 363 [364-65] + [1]. 18.6 x 11.2 cm. Translated by Gertraude Krueger. ISBN: 3763240195. (German).

Història del món en deu capítols i mig | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Proa, 1997; Catalan)


Notes on this edition: Història del món en deu capítols i mig | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Barcelona: Proa, 1997. Pp. 403 + [7]. 20 x 13.4 cm. Translated by Marta Bes Oliva. ISBN: 8482564641. (Catalan).