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).

Una storia del mondo in 10 capitoli e ½ | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Einaudi, 1997; Italian)


Notes on this edition: Una storia del mondo in 10 capitoli e ½ | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Torino: Einaudi, 1997. Pp. 347. 20 cm. Translated by Riccardo Mainardi. ISBN: 8806143107. (Italian).

Paperback edition of the Italian translation of Julian Barnes’s A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Part of the Einaudi Tascabili series (#439).

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Vintage, 2016)


Notes on this edition: A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. London: Vintage, 2016. Pp. 309. 18 cm. ISBN: 9781784871376. £5.99

This edition features a special cover designed as part of a “Vintage Classics” series of publications issued by the publisher. Cover art for other titles in the series are printed to the inside front cover (as shown). The book is formatted in a smaller size than typical Vintage publications.

Page numbering stops at p. 309, but a series of blank pages at the end of this edition places the total pages at [326].

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


Notes on this edition: A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. Pp. 309.

Uncorrected Proof in blue paper covers. Cover features a white paper slip taped to front that states: “TENTATIVE PUBLICATION DATE: 9 OCTOBER 1989 | TENTATIVE PRICE: $18.95 | WITH A FULL-COLOR FOLDOUT ILLUSTRATION”.

Stapled to the inside front cover are two pages of promotional material for Julian Barnes’s earlier novels, Flaubert’s Parrot and Staring at the Sun.

This copy was used by a reviewer, so contains underlining and written annotations throughout, including the line “It’s as if | you knew | I’d come | to say | gb” to the back cover. Inscribed by the author to the title page [the inscription dedication has been digitally removed].

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters | Uncorrected Proof (Jonathan Cape, 1989)


Notes on this edition: A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. London: Jonathan Cape, 1989. Pp. 310.

Uncorrected Proof in white paper cover with picture of an ark on the front cover and author photo on the back cover. This proof is distinct from the more rare, red uncorrected proof also issued by Jonathan Cape. Provisional publication price and date listed to the back cover: £10.95 | 22 June 1989

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters | Uncorrected Proof (Jonathan Cape, 1989; Red Cover)


Notes on this edition: A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. London: Jonathan Cape, 1989. Pp. 310. (20.2 x 13.7 cm).

This uncorrected proof is bound in the standard red paper cover typical of Jonathan Cape proofs during this time period. This proof is not to be confused with the Jonathan Cape proof bound in white with a picture of Noah’s ark on the front. The white proof was intended for wider distribution to reviewers, so is much more common than the red proof featured here.

The front cover states: “Provisional U.K. Publication Price: £10.95 | Provisional U.K. Publication Date: 22 Juen 1989”.

Flaubert’s Parrot | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Petersens, 2001)


Notes on this edition: Flaubert’s Parrot | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Hamburg: Petersens, 2001. 18 cm. ISBN: 3883891568.

This omnibus edition appears to have been printed and bound in Great Britain by Picador, but was published officially by Petersons for a foreign market. Listed as “Petersen Taschenbücher Bd. 156” on the page before the title page.

Una historia del mundo en diez capítulos y medio | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Compactos Anagrama, 2000; 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, 2000. Pp. 359. 21 cm. ISBN: 8433914286. Translated by Maribel De Juan. (Spanish).

Copyright page states this particular specimen is the “Cuarta edición” of the Compactos edition, published in November 2000. The spine lists the books as number “98” in the series.

A világ története 10 és 1/2 fejezetben | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Ulpius-ház, 2002; Hungarian)


Notes on this edition: A világ története 10 és ½ fejezetben | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Budapest: Ulpius-ház, 2002. Pp. 361. 20 cm. ISBN: 9639348716. Translated by Feig András. (Hungarian).