A Life with Books (Jonathan Cape, 2012)


Notes on this edition: A Life with Books. London: Jonathan Cape, 2012. Pp. 27. 15 cm x 11 cm. £1.99. ISBN: 9780224097260

Published by Jonathan Cape to celebrate Independent Booksellers Week ( 30 June-7 July 2012). It was sold exclusively in independent bookshops. Proceeds from the sale of this pamphlet were donated to Freedom from Torture: The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture.

Bound in cream paper wraps with red and black lettering. The author and title of the book are embossed, as pictured. The exact number of copies published is estimated by the author to be around 17,000.

The essay was also published in The Guardian.

Poesie unterwegs, nichts wird so heiß gegessen … (Nordhessischer VerkehrsVerbund, 2016; German)


Notes on this edition: Poesie unterwegs, nichts wird so heiß gegessen … (Nordhessischer VerkehrsVerbund, 2016. (German).

Ephemeral booklet containing Julian Barnes’s essay “A Late-Onset Cook.” The essay is translated by Gertraude Krueger as “Ein kochender Spätzünder” and published on pages 42-49.

“Admirable Positives and Enviable Negatives” | The Red Barn (National Theatre, 2016)


Notes on this publication: In 2016, the National Theatre presented David Hare’s The Red Barn, a play based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon. The programme for the play includes an essay by Julian Barnes titled “Admirable Positives and Enviable Negatives”. The essay is adapted from his essay “Georges Simenon Returns”, first published in The Times Literary Supplement (7 May 2014).

Flaubert & Louise Prospectus (Charles Hobson, 1988)


Notes on this edition: In 1988, artist Charles Hobson created an limited edition artists’ book titled Flaubert & Louise: Letters & Impressions. The contents of the book include letters written by Gustave Flaubert to his lover Louise Colet. Also included are excerpts from Julian Barnes’s novel Flaubert’s Parrot in which he fictionalized Colet’s voice in a chapter titled, “Louise Colet’s Version”. Hobson merges Flaubert’s real letters with Barnes’s fictional text to create a sense of an exchange between the couple.

The item presented in the photos is a prospectus for the artists’ book prepared at the time of the publication of the work in 1988.

A copy of the original artists’ book currently sells for $3,000 on Hobson’s website. Chronicle Books also issued a spiral bound book by Hobson titled Paris Encounters that contains a section devoted to his artistic creation Flaubert & Louise. Charles Hobson writes about his creative process for this work in an exhibition catalog in 2002: http://www.charleshobson.com/Hobson_Catalog.pdf