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).

История на света в 10 ½ глави | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Obsidian, 2001; Bulgarian)


Notes on this edition: История на света в 10 ½ глави | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Sofia: Obsidian, 2001. Pp. 341 [1]. 20 cm. Translated by Dimitrina Kondeva and Zornitsa Dimova. ISBN: 9548240904 (Bulgarian)

Eine Geschichte der Welt in 10 1/2 Kapiteln | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Wilhelm Heyne, 1990; German)


Notes on this edition: Eine Geschichte der Welt in 10 1/2 Kapiteln | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. München: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, 1990. Pp.  363. Translated by Gertraude Krueger. ISBN: 3453084004 (German)

Paperback edition following the hardback published in 1990 by Haffmans Verlag.

O istorie a lumii în 10 capitole şi jumătate | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (RAO, 2003; Romanian)


Notes on this edition: O istorie a lumii în 10 capitole şi jumătate | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Bucureşti: RAO, 2003. Translated by Radu Paraschivescu. Pp. 315. 18 cm. ISBN: 9735764946 (Romanian)

RAO published the first edition of the Romanian translation in 2000 (Pp. 328).

Cover art from Marcel Duchamp’s Tu m’.

Upstream! / Controcorrente (Gruppo editoriale L’Espresso, 2008; English / Italian)


Notes on this edition: Upstream! / Controcorrente. Rome: La Biblioteca di Repubblica – L’Espresso, 2008. Pp. 95. 18 cm. (Dual Language edition in English & Italian)

This book is #10 in a series of dual language publications that print the English and Italian translation side-by-side. Excerpts the chapter “Upstream!” from Julian Barnes’s A History of the World in 10½ Chapters along with Riccardo Mainardi’s translation for the Giulio Einaudi edition of the novel originally published in 1997.