Eine Geschichte der Welt in 10½ Kapiteln | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Haffmans Verlag, 1990; German)


Notes on this edition: Eine geschichte der welt in 10½ kapiteln | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Zürich: Haffmans Verlag, 1990. Pp. 363 [2]. 22 cm. Translated by Gertraude Krueger. ISBN: 3251001620. (German). 

Una historia del mundo en diez capítulos y medio | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Anagrama, 1990; Spanish)


Notes on this edition: Una historia del mundo en diez capítulos y medio | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Barcelona: Editorial Anagrama, 1990. Pp. 359. 23 cm. Translated by Maribel De Juan. ISBN: 8433911279.

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Alfred A. Knopf, 1989; Canadian Edition)


Notes on this edition: First Canadian edition – Toronto: Random House of Canada, 1989. $21.95.


Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: A HISTORY | OF THE WORLD | IN 10½ CHAPTERS | JULIAN BARNES | [Knopf device] | ALFRED A. KNOPF  New York · Toronto  1989

Copyright Page: Copyright © 1989 by Julian Barnes | All rights reserved under International and | Pan-American Copyright Conventions. | Published in Canada by Random House of Canada | Limited, Toronto, and simultaneously in the | United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York. | Originally published in Great Britain | by Jonathan Cape, Ltd., London. | Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data | Barnes, Julian | A history of the world in 10½ chapters | ISBN 0-394-22121-4 | I. Title. | PR6052.A6657H58  1989  823’.914  C89-094445-8 | A portion of this book was originally published in The New Yorker. | Manufactured in the United States of America | Facing page 124: Géricault, The Raft of the Medusa, 1819. | Louvre Museum, Paris  © Réunion des Musées Nationaux.

Collation: 21.2 x 14.4 cm. Untrimmed pages. Pp. [i-xii, 1-2] 3-30 [31-32] 33-58 [59-60] 61-80 [81-82] 83-111 [112-114] 115-139 [140-142] 143-168 [169-170] 171-188 [189-190] 191-220 [221-222] 223-244 [245-246] 247-278 [279-280] 281-307 [308]. [i-iii]: blank. [iv]: ‘ALSO BY JULIAN BARNES | Metroland | Before She Met Me | Flaubert’s Parrot | Staring at the Sun’. [v]: ‘A HISTORY | OF THE WORLD | IN 10½ CHAPTERS’. [vi]: blank. [vii]: title page. [viii]: copyright page. [ix]: ‘to Pat Kavanagh’. [x]: blank. [xi]: contents. [xii]: blank. [1]: ‘I | THE STOWAWAY’. [2]: blank. 3-30: text. [31]: ‘2 | THE VISITORS’. [32]: blank. 33-58: text. [59]: ‘3 | THE WARS OF | RELIGION’. [60]: blank. 61-80: text. [81]: ‘4 | THE SURVIVOR’. [82]: blank. 83-111: text. [112]: blank. [113]: ‘5 | SHIPWRECK’. [114]: blank. 115-139: text. [140]: blank. [141]: ‘6 | THE MOUNTAIN’. [142]: blank. 143-168: text. [169]: ‘7 | THREE SIMPLE | STORIES’. [170]: blank. 171-188: text. [189]: ‘8 | UPSTREAM!’. [190]: blank. 191-220: text. [221]: ‘PARENTHESIS’. [222]: blank. 223-244: text. [245]: ‘9 | PROJECT ARARAT’. [246]: blank. 247-278: text. [279]: ’10 | THE DREAM’. [280]: blank. 281-307: text. [308]: author’s note.

General description: Binding 22 x 15.2 cm. Dark green boards, green quarter binding silver blocked on spine. White endpapers. Géricault image tipped in between pages 124-25. White dust jacket lettered in black (title) and maroon (author) blue (author and quotes on lower panel). Color illustration on upper panel by Tom Sciacca. Photograph of the author by Miriam Berkley located on back flap. Differs from the American edition dust jacket in subtle ways — contains ‘Knopf’ and the Knopf device on spine, but includes ‘Toronto’ on the back flap.  

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Alfred A. Knopf, 1989)


Notes on this edition: First American edition – New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. $18.95.


Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: A HISTORY | OF THE WORLD | IN 10½ CHAPTERS | JULIAN BARNES | [Knopf device] | ALFRED A. KNOPF  New York  1989

Copyright Page: THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK | PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF, INC. | Copyright © 1989 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, Ltd., London. | A portion of this book was originally published in The New Yorker. | Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data | Barnes, Julian. | A history of the world in 10½ chapters / Julian Barnes. – 1st ed. | p. cm.  I ISBN 0-394-58061-3 | I. Title. | PR6052.A6657H5  1989 | 823’.914—dc20  89-45266  CIP | Manufactured in the United States of America | FIRST AMERICAN EDITION | Facing page 124: Géricault, The Raft of the Medusa, 1819. | Louvre Museum, Paris | © Réunion des Musées Nationaux.

Collation: 21.2 x 14.4 cm. Untrimmed pages. Pp. [i-xii, 1-2] 3-30 [31-32] 33-58 [59-60] 61-80 [81-82] 83-111 [112-114] 115-139 [140-142] 143-168 [169-170] 171-188 [189-190] 191-220 [221-222] 223-244 [245-246] 247-278 [279-280] 281-307 [308]. [i-iii]: blank. [iv]: ‘ALSO BY JULIAN BARNES | Metroland | Before She Met Me | Flaubert’s Parrot | Staring at the Sun’. [v]: ‘A HISTORY | OF THE WORLD | IN 10½ CHAPTERS’. [vi]: blank. [vii]: title page. [viii]: copyright page. [ix]: ‘to Pat Kavanagh’. [x]: blank. [xi]: contents. [xii]: blank. [1]: ‘I | THE STOWAWAY’. [2]: blank. 3-30: text. [31]: ‘2 | THE VISITORS’. [32]: blank. 33-58: text. [59]: ‘3 | THE WARS OF | RELIGION’. [60]: blank. 61-80: text. [81]: ‘4 | THE SURVIVOR’. [82]: blank. 83-111: text. [112]: blank. [113]: ‘5 | SHIPWRECK’. [114]: blank. 115-139: text. [140]: blank. [141]: ‘6 | THE MOUNTAIN’. [142]: blank. 143-168: text. [169]: ‘7 | THREE SIMPLE | STORIES’. [170]: blank. 171-188: text. [189]: ‘8 | UPSTREAM!’. [190]: blank. 191-220: text. [221]: ‘PARENTHESIS’. [222]: blank. 223-244: text. [245]: ‘9 | PROJECT ARARAT’. [246]: blank. 247-278: text. [279]: ’10 | THE DREAM’. [280]: blank. 281-307: text. [308]: author’s note.

General description: Binding 22 x 15.2 cm. Dark green boards, green quarter binding silver blocked on spine. Embossed author initials ‘JB’ to front board. White endpapers. Géricault image tipped in between pages 124-25. White dust jacket lettered in black (title) and maroon (author) blue (author and quotes on lower panel). Color illustration on upper panel by Tom Sciacca. Photograph of the author by Miriam Berkley located on back flap.

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.

10½ 章で書かれた世界の歴史 | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (白水社 | Hakusuisha, 1991; Japanese)


A note on this edition: 10½ 章で書かれた世界の歴史 | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Tokyo: 白水社 | Hakusuisha, 1991. Pp. 401. 20 cm. ISBN: 4560044678. (Japanese).

“The Stowaway” | Free Sample Chapter (Reader’s Collection, 1989)


Notes on this edition: “The Stowaway” from A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. The Reader’s Collection, 1989. Pp.28.

Sample chapter from Julian Barnes’s novel bound in paper covers. Stated on the inside pages: “This free sample chapter is one of the four specially printed for the Summer Reader’s Collection […]”.

The sample chapter includes a reproduction of the novel’s title page and copyright page. As this is the only sample examined, it remains unclear why the Barnes chapter was bound in a cover featuring cover art from Gita Mehta’s Raj.

10½ Bölümde Dünya Tarihi | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Ayrıntı, 1999; Turkish)


Notes on this edition: 10½ Bölümde Dünya Tarihi | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Istanbul: Ayrinti Yayinlari, 1999. Pp. 312. 20 cm. Translated by Serdar Rifat Kirkoğlu. (Turkish).

Two specimens featured, one with a numeric sticker on the back cover. Otherwise, the two copies are identical.

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Cambridge University Press, 1995)


Notes on this edition: A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Edited by Ron Middleton. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. Pp. 350. ISBN: 9780521484787.

Published as part of the “Cambridge Literature” series (Series Editor Judith Baxter) for use in classroom instruction. Includes an introduction, resource notes, study questions, and a glossary of terms.

10 1/2 lukua maailmanhistoriaa | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (WSOY, 1995; Finnish)


Notes on this edition: 10 1/2 lukua maailmanhistoriaa | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Porvoo | Helsinki | Juva: WSOY, 1995. Pp. 430. 20 cm. Translated by Kristiina Drews. ISBN: 9510201375. (Finnish).