The Sense of an Ending (Vintage Books, 2012)


Notes on this edition: The Sense of an Ending. London: Vintage Books, 2012. Pp. 150. 20 cm. ISBN: 9780099564973.

First Vintage paperback edition for the U.K. market. Cover design by Suzanne Dean. This copy features a darkened fore edge to accentuate the cover design.

Nothing to be Frightened of (Vintage Books, 2009)


Notes on this edition: Nothing to be Frightened of. London: Vintage Books, 2009. ISBN: 9780099523741.

First Vintage paperback edition for the U.K. market. Cover design by Suzanne Dean. This copy features to its front cover a round promotional sticker with a blurb from the Daily Telegraph.

Nothing to Be Frightened Of | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 2008)


Notes on this edition: Nothing to Be Frightened Of. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.  Uncorrected Proof of the American edition bound in pale grey paper cover with black lettering. Provisional publication date set for “5 September 2008” with a list price of $24. Loosely inserted are two promotional items: one blue sheet of paper with blurbs from British press and a stapled copy of a profile/interview with Julian Barnes by Kate Summerscale.

Levels of Life | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013)


Notes on this edition: Levels of Life. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. Uncorrected Proof of the American edition bound in pale yellow paper cover with black lettering. Provisional publication date set for “26 September 2013” with a list price of $22.95.

Keeping an Eye Open (Random House Canada, 2015)


Notes on this edition: Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art. Toronto: Random House Canada, 2015. Pp. 278. ISBN: 9780345815170

The first Canadian edition of Julian Barnes’s Keeping an Eye Open appears nearly identical to the first American edition, except changes to the publisher information on the title page, copyright page, and jacket that identify this edition as a Random House Canada publication.

Pages are cream, not white, as evidenced by the contrast between page color and the publisher’s device on the title page.

Levels of Life (Vintage Canada, 2014)


Notes on this edition: Levels of Life. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2014. ISBN: 9780345813565

First Canadian paperback edition of Julian Barnes’s Levels of Life.

The Noise of Time | Waterstones Exclusive Edition (Vintage, 2017)


Notes on this edition: The Noise of Time. London: Vintage, 2017. Pp. 183. 20 cm. ISBN: 9781784703325.

Waterstones issued an exclusive paperback edition of Julian Barnes’s The Noise of Time. The book is identical to the standard Vintage paperback edition, except the cover of the Waterstones edition has French flaps with promotional blurbs printed to the flaps, as shown. Both editions share the same ISBN.

The Noise of Time (Vintage, 2017)


Notes on this edition: The Noise of Time. London: Vintage, 2017. Pp. 183. 20 cm. ISBN: 9781784703325

The first paperback edition issued by Vintage in the United Kingdom. Paper covers with promotional blurbs printed on the inside covers. Precedes the Waterstones exclusive edition, which is identical (size, ISBN, title page, copyright page, etc.), except that the cover of the Waterstones edition has French flaps.

Also featured is a promotional bookmark for the novel.

Nothing to be Frightened of (Jonathan Cape, 2008)


Notes on this edition: First edition – London: Jonathan Cape, 2008. £16.99.

Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: Nothing to | be Frightened of | [decorative rule] | JULIAN BARNES | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | LONDON

Copyright Page: Published by Jonathan Cape 2008 | 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1 | Copyright © Julian Barnes 2008 | Julian Barnes has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs | and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work. | This book is a work of non-fiction based on the life, experiences and | recollections of the author. The author has stated to the publishers that the | contents of this book are true. | This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, | by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, resold, hired out, | or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior | consent in any form of binding or cover other than that | in which it is published and without a similar condition, | including this condition, being imposed | on the subsequent purchaser. | First published in Great Britain in 2008 by | Jonathan Cape | Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, | London SW1V 2SA | www.rbooks.co.uk | Addresses for companies within The Random House Group Limited can be found at: | www.randomhouse.co.uk/offices.htm | The Random House Group Limited Reg. No. 954009 | A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library | ISBN 9780224085236 | Permissions | ‘Aubade’, ‘Church Going’ and ‘Wants’ from Collected Poems by Philip Larkin | edited by Anthony Thwaite (The Marvell Press & Faber and Faber 2003). | Extracts from Changing Daylight by Eugene O’Kelly (© Eugene O’Kelly 2006) | reproduced by kind permission of McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. | The Random House Group Limited supports The Forest Stewardship | Council (FSC), the leading international forest certification organization. All our titles | that are printed on Greenpeace-approved FSC-certified paper carry the FSC logo. | Our paper procurement policy can be found at www.rbooks.co.uk/environment | [FSC logo] | Typeset in Adobe Garamond by Palmpsest Book Production Limited, | Grangemouth, Stirlingshire | Printed and bound in Great Britain by | Clays Ltd, St Ives plc

Collation: 21.3 x 13.7 cm. Pp. [i-vi] 1-250. [i]: ‘Nothing to | be Frightened of | [decorative rule]’. [ii]: ‘By the same author | Fiction | METROLAND | BEFORE SHE MET ME | FLAUBERT’S PARROT | STARING AT THE SUN | A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 10½ CHAPTERS | TALKING IT OVER | THE PORCUPINE | CROSS CHANNEL | ENGLAND, ENGLAND | LOVE, ETC | THE LEMON TABLE ARTHUR & GEORGE | Non-fiction | LETTERS FROM LONDON 1990–1995 | SOMETHING TO DECLARE | THE PEDANT IN THE KITCHEN | Translation | IN THE LAND OF PAIN | by Alphonse Daudet’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘to P.’. [vi]: blank. 1-250: text.

General description: Binding 22.2 x 14.3 cm. Decorative paper boards suggestive of a photo album with title in red lettering and the author’s name in black on the front cover. Deep maroon endpapers. No dust jacket issued.

Flauberts Papagei | Flaubert’s Parrot (Haffmans Verlag, 1987; German)


Notes on this edition: Flauberts PapageiFlaubert’s Parrot. Zürich: Haffmans Verlag, 1987. Pp. 277 [1]. Translated by Michael Walter. (German).

Cover illustration by Volker Kriegel.