A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Picador, 1990; Rejacketed)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. London: Picador, 1990. Pp. 309 + [3]. 19.6 x 12.8 cm. ISBN: 0330313991.

Picador reissued this redesigned (or “rejacketed”) printing of Barnes’s novel. This is stated as the 31st edition. The text pagination is the same earlier Picador printings. The exact date of this reissue is uncertain, but the list of titles ends with Letters from London 1990-1995, so the printing was issued after 1996.

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Picador, 1990)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. London: Picador, 1990. Pp. 309 + [3]. 19.5 x 12.8 cm. ISBN: 0330313991.

Julian Barnes’s novel went through numerous printings with Picador. The first set of photos is for the 4th printing. Below is the 21st printing with variations to the sales price and small changes to the cover text. The text block for each printing remains the same.

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


Notes on this item: Promotional placard advertising Julian Barnes’s novel A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (43 x 33 cm.).

This advertisement was intended to stand on display in a book store upon the publication of the novel by Alfred A. Knopf in 1989. The advertisement was acquired by a book store employee who kept it in storage for 20+ years before selling it.

Julian Barnes states that he used to have a copy of this placard in his study, but it remains unclear exactly how many placards were produced for promotional purposes.

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 galley 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).