“A Self-Possessed Woman” | White Fire (Pan Books, 1991)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “A Self-Possessed Woman” in White Fire: More Tales of the Fantastic. Edited by Alberto Manguel. London: Pan Books, 1991. Pp. 941 + [1]. 19.6 x 12.8 cm.

Julian Barnes’s short story appears on pp. [444]-459. This is a Picador edition first published by Pan Books. First published in Canada in 1990.

“Nachworts” | Chez Krull (Kampa Verlag, 2018; German)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Nachworts: Die Welt von ‘Chez Krull’ ist nicht verschwunden” in Chez Krull by Georges Simenon. Zürich: Kampa Verlag, 2018. Pp. 253 [254] + [2]. 21 x 13.2 cm. ISBN: 9783311133353. (German).

Julian Barnes’s afterword is translated by Thomas Bodmer and appears on pp. 249-[254].

To launch the new Simenon publishing program in German, Kampa Verlag commissioned afterwords to accompany the new editions. Simenon’s Chez Krull features an afterword by Julian Barnes, as pictured.

Inserted into the example presented here is a small promotional pamphlet of 20 pages (10 pages folded and glued) promoting the new editions. For more information about Kampa Verlag, please visit: https://kampaverlag.ch/georges-simenon-chez-krull/

The Dictionary of Biographical Quotation of British and American Subjects (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1980)


Notes on this edition: 

Julian Barnes (Contributor). The Dictionary of Biographical Quotation of British and American Subjects. Edited by Richard Kenin and Justin Wintle. London and Henley: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1980. Pp. 860 + [2]. 25.1 x 19.2 cm. ISBN: 0710088590.

The first edition of this volume was published in 1978.

While specific entries are not identified as being researched by Julian Barnes, he is listed as one of the contributors to this volume. The work for this volume was done in the years before the publication of Barnes’s first novel (Metroland, 1980). Other contributors include John Baxter and Jonathan Keates amongst others.

According to Julian Barnes, researchers were paid 50p for each quotation that made it into the final publication. Barnes can’t remember at this distance the exact entries he contributed, but based on the payments he received the number was substantial (in the hundreds).

“The Bitter Lemon Days” | Another Round at the Pillars (Cargo Press, 1999)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “The Bitter Lemon Days.” Another Round at the Pillars: Essays, Poems & Reflections on Ian Hamilton. Edited by David Harsent. Cornwall: Cargo Press, 1999. Pp. 151 + [5]. 24 x 15.3 cm. ISBN: 1899980067.

From the jacket: “For his sixtieth birthday friends of the distinguished poet, critic and biographer Ian Hamilton, have gathered to offer an international festschrift to honour his writings and the remarkable influence he has exerted on his generation.”

Julian Barnes’s essay appears on pp. 15-21. It was also published in The Guardian (17 April 1999). Other authors contributing to the collection include:

Blake Morrison
A Alvarez
Andrew Motion
Harold Pinter
Peter Dale
Hugo Williams
Douglas Dunn
Karl Miller
Alan Jenkins
David Harsent
Christopher Reid
Ian McEwan
Craig Raine
Dan Jacobson
Simon Gray
Peter Porter
Michael Hofmann
John Fuller
Charles Osborne
Michael Fried
Clive James
Colin Falck

“Mrs Thather Remembers” | Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Essays (Allen Lane, 1999)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Mrs Thather Remembers.” Selected and with a foreword by Ian Hamilton. The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Essays. London & New York: Allen Lane & The Penguin Press, 1999. Pp. 554 [555] + [5]. 24 x 16 cm.

Julian Barnes’s essay appears on pp. 543-[555]. The dust jacket of this example lists sale prices for both the U.K. and Canadian, but not the U.S. The essay was published in Barnes’s collection Letters from London.

“Days I’ll Remember” | Changing Times (Michael O’Mara, 2000)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Days I’ll Remember” in Alison Pressley. Changing Times: Being Young in Britain in the ’60s. London: Michael O’Mara, 2000. Pp. 112. 24.6 x 19 cm. ISBN: 1854795783.

Julian Barnes’s brief contribution appears on p. 65.

“Gardeners’ World” (Zoetrope, Winter 2010)


Notes on this item: Julian Barnes. “Gardeners’ World.” Zoetrope: All-Story, vol. 14, no. 4, Winter 2010: 50-65.

Julian Barnes’s short story was later published in Pulse.

Writers on Artists (DK Publishing, 2001)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Edgar Degas.” Writers on Artists. London / New York: DK Publishing, 2001. Pp. 352. 28.2 x 22.3 cm. ISBN: 0789480352.

The book is published in association with Modern Painters. Other authors contributing to this collection include David Hockney, Howard Jacobson, Will Self, Craig Raine, David Bowie, Andrew Motion, Nick Hornby, A. S. Byatt, Seamus Heaney, and others.

Julian Barnes’s essay on Edgar Degas appears on pp. 158-165. The dust jacket matches the illustrated binding, as pictured.

Foot: les 100 photos (EPA, 2002; French)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. ‘[Untitled].” Foot: les 100 photos. Paris: EPA, 2002. Pp. 223 + [1]. 34.7 x 24.6 cm. ISBN: 2851205811. (French).

Edited by Benoît Heimermann avec la collaboration de Céline Ruissel.

Julian Barnes contributes a short piece on a photograph of footballer George Best.

“Words for H. H.” | Howard Hodgkin (Gagosian, 2014)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Howard Hodgkin: Words for H. H.” in Howard Hodgkin. [Paris]: Gagosian Paris, 2014. Pp. 111 + [1]. 27.1 x 31.2 cm. ISBN: 9781938748028.

The book includes contributions by Barnes, James Fenton, Susan Sontag, and Jeff Wall.

Julian Barnes’s essay appears in both French (pp. 83-89) and English (pp. [91]-96. The French translation was by Jean-Pierre Aoustin.

Barnes’s essay originally appeared in Howard Hodgkin (Gagosian Gallery, 2003).