Quand tout est déjà arrivé | Levels of Life (Mercure de France, 2014; French)


Notes on this edition: Quand tout est déjà arrivé | Levels of Life. Pais: Mercure de France, 2014. Pp. 128 + [16]. 20.5 x 14 cm. Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin. ISBN: 9782715234673. (French).

Nivells de vida | Levels of Life (Angle Editorial, 2017; Catalan)


Notes on this edition: Nivells de vida | Levels of Life. Barcelona: Angle, 2017. Pp. 126 + [2]. 21.2 x 13.8 cm. Translated by Alexandre Gombau i Arnau. ISBN: 9788415307853. (Catalan).

生命的測量 | Levels of Life (麥田, 城邦, 2018; Complex Chinese)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. 生命的測量 | Levels of Life. 臺北市 : 麥田, 城邦 [Mai tian, cheng bang], 2018. Pp. 170 + [2]. 21 x 15 cm. Translated by 顏湘如. ISBN: 9789863445425. (Complex Chinese).

Нива на живот | Levels of Life (Obsidian, 2013; Bulgarian)


Notes on this edition: Нива на живот | Levels of Life. Sofia: Obsidian, 2013. Pp. 117 [118] + [2]. 20 x 13 cm. Translated by Любомир Николов [Ljubomir Nikolov]. ISBN: 9789547693364. (Bulgarian).

Lebensstufen | Levels of Life (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2015; German)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Lebensstufen | Levels of Life.  Cologne: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2015. Pp. 141 [142] + [2]. 19.3 x 12 cm. Translated by Gertraude Krueger. ISBN: 9783462047271. (German).

Levels of Life (Random House Canada, 2013)


Notes on this edition: First edition – Toronto: Random House Canada, 2013. $25.00. 

Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: JULIAN BARNES | LEVELS OF | LIFE | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | LONDON

Copyright Page: PUBLISHED BY RANDOM HOUSE CANADA | Copyright © 2013 Julian Barnes | All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. No | part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical | means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in | writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer, who may quote brief passages in a | review. Published in 2013 by Random House Canada, a division of Random House | of Canada Limited, Toronto, and simultaneously in the United Kingdom by Jonathan | Cape, a division of Random House Group Limited, London. Distributed in | Canada by Random House of Canada Limited. | www.randomhouse.ca | Random House Canada and colophon are registered trademarks. | Lines from ‘Exasperated Piety’ by Christopher Reid reproduced by kind permission of | the poet. | Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication | Barnes, Julian | Levels of life / Julian Barnes. | Issued also in electronic format. | ISBN 978-0-345-81355-8 | I. Title. | PR6052.A6657L49 2013     823’.914 C2013-900285-5 | Jacket design by Suzanne Dean | Image credit: ‘Mr Glaisher’s Voyage’, 5 September 1862 © Science Museum / Science | & Society Picture Library — All rights reserved. |Printed and bound in the United States of America | 1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2

Collation: 20.9 x 14.5 cm. Pp. [i-x] [1-2] 3-27 [28-30] 31-64 [65-66] 67-117 [118]. [i]: ‘LEVELS OF LIFE’. [ii]: blank. [iii]: ‘ALSO BY JULIAN BARNES | 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 | Pulse | The Sense of an Ending | NON-FICTION | Letters from London 1990–1995 | Something to Declare | The Pedant in the Kitchen | Nothing to Be Frightened Of | Through the Window | TRANSLATION | In the Land of Pain by Alphonse Daudet’.[iv]: blank. [v]: title page. [vi]: copyright page. [vii]: ‘for Pat’. [viii]: blank. [ix]: ‘CONTENTS | [decorative rule] | THE SIN OF HEIGHT | 1 | ON THE LEVEL | 29 | THE LOSS OF DEPTH | 65’. [x]: blank. [1]: ‘THE SIN OF HEIGHT |  [decorative rule]’. [2]: blank. 3-27: text. [28]: blank. [29]: ‘ON THE LEVEL | [decorative rule]’. [30]: blank. 31-64: text. [65]: ‘THE LOSS OF DEPTH | [decorative rule]’. [66]: blank. 67-[118]: text. [119-120]: blank.

General description: Binding 21.6 x 15.0 cm. Black paper boards stamped in red lettering to spine. White endpapers. Cover design by Suzanne Dean. Features a deckle or uncut fore edge. Back flap of dust jacket features an author photograph by Alan Edwards and a photograph of Pat Kavanagh by Derek Thompson.

Levels of Life (Jonathan Cape, 2013)


Notes on this edition: First edition – London: Jonathan Cape, 2013. £10.99. 

Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: JULIAN BARNES | LEVELS OF | LIFE | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | LONDON

Copyright Page: Published by Jonathan Cape 2013 | 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1 | Copyright © Julian Barnes | 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 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. | Lines from ‘Exasperated Piety’ by Christopher Reid | reproduced by kind permission of the poet. | First published in Great Britain in 2013 by Jonathan Cape |  Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, | London SW1V 2SA | www.randomhouse.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: 9780224098151 | The Random House Group Limited makes every effort to | ensure that the papers used in its books are made from trees that have | been legally sourced from well-managed and credibly certified forests. | Our paper procurement policy can be found at: | www.randomhouse.co.uk/paper.htm | Printed and bound in Great Britain by | Clays Ltd, St Ives PLC

Collation: 19.7 x 12.8 cm. Pp. [i-viii] [1-2] 3-27 [28-30] 31-64 [65-66] 67-117 [118-120]. [i]: ‘LEVELS OF LIFE’. [ii]: blank. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘for Pat’. [vi]: blank. [vii]: ‘CONTENTS | [decorative rule] | THE SIN OF HEIGHT | 1 | ON THE LEVEL | 29 | THE LOSS OF DEPTH | 65’. [viii]: blank. [1]: ‘THE SIN OF HEIGHT |  [decorative rule]’. [2]: blank. 3-27: text. [28]: blank. [29]: ‘ON THE LEVEL | [decorative rule]’. [30]: blank. 31-64: text. [65]: ‘THE LOSS OF DEPTH | [decorative rule]’. [66]: blank. 67-[118]: text. [119-120]: blank.

General description: Binding 20.4 x 13.5 cm. Black cloth boards stamped in silver lettering to spine. Black endpapers. Cover design by Suzanne Dean. Features a smooth, cut fore edge. Back flap of dust jacket features an author photograph by Alan Edwards and a photograph of Pat Kavanagh by Derek Thompson.

Note: The title page of this example has been digitally altered to remove the  names in the dedication inscription.

Levels of Life (Center Point Publishing, 2014; Large Print)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Levels of Life. Thorndike, ME: Center Point Publishing, 2014. Pp. 127 + [1]. 22.1 x 14.4 cm. ISBN: 9781628990065. (Large Print edition).

Large print edition with dust jacket. Smooth board binding with imagery and text of jacket printed to covers, as shown. This example features a unique inscription from the author to his webmaster.

Levels of Life (London Review Bookshop, 2013; Limited Edition Full Leather)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Levels of Life. London: London Review Bookshop, 2013. Limited Edition Full Leather. The book itself measures 20.6 x 14.0 cm. The slipcase measures 21.3 x 14.4 cm.

In 2013, the London Review Bookshop issued a limited edition of Julian Barnes’s Levels of Life. One version was quarter-bound in leather (35 copies), another was full leather (15 copies), and a special hors série edition identical to the full leather version was produced for the author and select recipients (unstated on the limitation page, but limited to 3 copies, as noted in the image).

The limitation page of all editions is identical:

A special signed limited first edition of
Levels of Life
of which thirty-five copies have been
quarter-bound in Harmatan fine leather
numbered 1 to 35 and fifteen copies
full-bound in the same leather
numbered I to XV.

The bindings have been designed by
Andrew Stilwell and Patrick Roe and produced
by The Fine Book Bindery, Finedon, Northants.

This is number
[# in red followed by Julian Barnes’s signature in black ink]

Note: The limitation page of this example has been digitally altered to remove the personalized inscription from Julian Barnes to the edition’s owner.

Levels of Life (London Review Bookshop, 2013; Limited Edition Quarter Leather)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Levels of Life. London: London Review Bookshop, 2013. Limited Edition Quarter Leather. The book itself measures 20.6 x 14.0 cm. The slipcase measures 21.3 x 14.4 cm.

In 2013, the London Review Bookshop issued a limited edition of Julian Barnes’s Levels of Life. One version was quarter-bound in leather (35 copies), another was full leather (15 copies), and a special hors série edition identical to the full leather version was produced for the author and select recipients (unstated on the limitation page, but limited to 3 copies).

The limitation page of all editions is identical, excepting the numbering:

A special signed limited first edition of
Levels of Life
of which thirty-five copies have been
quarter-bound in Harmatan fine leather
numbered 1 to 35 and fifteen copies
full-bound in the same leather
numbered I to XV.

The bindings have been designed by
Andrew Stilwell and Patrick Roe and produced
by The Fine Book Bindery, Finedon, Northants.

This is number
[# in red followed by Julian Barnes’s signature in black ink]

Note: The limitation page of this example has been digitally altered to remove the personalized inscription from Julian Barnes to the edition’s owner.