“Fair Treatment for the Belgian Sex Maniac” (Literary Review, April 1992)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Fair Treatment for the Belgian Sex Maniac.” Literary Review, April 1992: 4-6.

Julian Barnes writes about Georges Simenon in a review of The Man Who Wasn’t Maigret: A Portrait of Georges Simenon by Patrick Marnham. The essay was later published as “The Pouncer” in Something to Declare.

This copy of the journal is signed by Julian Barnes and was purchased from the Estate of Rolland Comstock.

Something to Declare (W F Howes, 2002; Large Print)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Something to Declare. Leicester: W F Howes, 2002. Pp. 374 + [2]. 24.1 x 16.2 cm. ISBN: 1841975435.

Large Print edition of Julian Barnes’s collection of essays on France. Essays included:

An Englishman Abroad
Spending Their Deaths on Holiday
The Promises of Their Ordination
The Land Without Brussels Sprouts
Tour de France 1907
Tour de France 2000
The Pouncer
French Letters
Flaubert’s Death-Masks
Not Drowning But Waving: The Case of Louise Colet
Drinking Ink
Two Moles
Consolation v. Desolation
Tail-Flaying
The Cost of Conscientious Literature
Faithful Betrayal
Justin: A Small Major Character

Tour de France | Something to Declare (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2003; German)


Notes on this edition: Tour de France | Something to Declare. Cologne: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2003. Pp. 319 [320]. 20.9 x 13.1 cm. Translated by Gertraude Krueger. ISBN: 3462033050. (German).

Iets aan te geven?: Berichten uit Frankrijk | Something to Declare (Atlas, 2001; Dutch)


Notes on this edition: Iets aan te geven?: Berichten uit Frankrijk | Something to Declare. Amsterdam/Antwerpen: Atlas, 2001. Pp. 254 [255] + [1]. 21 x 13.4 cm. Translated by Marijke Versluys and Babet Mossel. ISBN: 9045004453. (Dutch).

משהו להצהיר | Something to Declare (Zmora-Bitan, 2003; Hebrew)


Notes on this edition: משהו להצהיר | Something to Declare. Or Yehudah: Zmora-Bitan, 2003. Pp. 328. 21 x 13.1 cm. Translated by שרה ריפין (Sarah Ripin). ISBN: 9655170586. (Hebrew).

Coś do oclenia | Something to Declare (Świat Książki, 2014; Polish)


Notes on this edition: Coś do oclenia | Something to Declare. Warsaw: Świat Książki, 2014. Pp. 407 [408]. 22.2 x 14 cm. Translated by Jan Kabat. ISBN: 9788379432936. (Polish).

Something to Declare (Random House Canada, 2002)


Notes on this edition: First Canadian edition – Toronto: Random House Canada, 2002. $27.95.

Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: Julian Barnes | Something to Declare | [publisher device] | Random House Canada

Copyright Page: Copyright © Julian Barnes 2002 | 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 2002 by Random House Canada, | a division of Random House of Canada Limited. | Published simultaneously in the UK by Picador, | an imprint of Pan Macmillan Ltd. | Random House Canada and colophon are trademarks. | The acknowledgements on pages 303-4 constitute | an extension of this copyright page. | National Library of Canada Cataloguing in Publication Data | Barnes, Julian | Something to Declare | Includes index. | ISBN 0-679-31209-9 | 1. France—Civilization.  2. Popular culture—France. | DC33.7.B323 2002 944 C2001-903758-9 | www.randomhouse.ca | Printed and bound in the United Kingdom | 1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2.

Collation: 19.6 x 12.9 cm. Pp. [i-vi] vii-xviii [1-2] 3-16 [17-18] 19-33 [34-36] 37-47 [48-50] 51-62 [63-64] 65-76 [77-78] 79-97 [98-100] 101-108 [109-110] 111-144 [145-146] 147-170 [171-172] 173-192 [193-194] 195-208 [209-210] 211-214 [215-216] 217-234 [235-236] 237-249 [250-252] 253-267 [268-270] 271-287 [288-290] 291-318. [i]: ‘Something to Declare | JULIAN BARNES has published nine novels, 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, England, | England and Love, etc.  He is the author of a book of short stories, | Cross Channel, and also a collection of journalism, Letters from | London 1990–1995. His work has been translated into more | than thirty languages. He is the only British writer to have won | both the Prix Médicis (for Flaubert’s Parrot) and the Prix Fémina | (for Talking It Over). In 1993 he was awarded the Shakespeare | Prize by the FVS Foundation of Hamburg. He lives in London.’. [ii]: ‘Also by Julian Barnes in Picador | 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 | Letters from London 1990–1995 | Cross Channel | England, England | Love, etc’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘A.L.B. | 1909–1992 | K.M.B. | 1915–1997’. [vi]: blank. vii-viii: contents. ix-xviii: preface. [1]: ‘One | An Englishman Abroad’. [2]: ‘[photo] | A typical Ultimate Peasant’. 3-16: text. [17]: ‘Two | Spending Their Deaths | on Holiday’. [18]: ‘[photo] | Three beers, one ashtray, three singers: (l to r) | Jacques Brel, Leó Ferré, George Brassens’. 19-33: text. [34]: blank. [35]: ‘Three | The Promises of Their Ordination’. [36]: ‘[photo] | Jean Seberg kisses Jean-Paul Belmondo | to advertise A bout de souffle’. 37-47: text. [48]: blank. [49]: ‘Four | The Land Without Brussels Sprouts’. [50]: ‘[recipe for tomato soup] | A simple recipe’. 51-62: text. [63]: ‘Five | Tour de France 1907’. [64]: ‘[photo] | The Pont du Gard: ‘a little stupid’, | according to Henry James’. 65-76: text. [77]: ‘Six | Tour de France 2000’. [78]: ‘[photo] | ‘To the memory of Tom Simpson, Olympic medallist, | World champion, British sporting ambassador, | died 13th July (Tour de France 1967)’’. 79-97: text. [98]: blank. [99]: ‘Seven | The Pouncer’. [100]: ‘[photo] | George Simenon with all his needs | (the maid is off camera), 1930s’. 101-108: text. [109]: ‘Eight | French Letters’. [110]: ‘[photo] | Not an Ultimate Peasant but a | sophisticated poet: Stéphane Mallarmé’. 111-144: text. [145]: ‘Nine | Flaubert’s | Death-Masks’. [146]: ‘[photo] | Flaubert’s death mask’. 147-170: text. [171]: ‘Ten | Not Drowning But | Waving: The Case of | Louise Colet’. [172]: ‘[photo] | Louise Colet in riding costume, | by Courbet’. 173-192: text. [193]: ‘Eleven | Drinking Ink’. [194]: ‘[photo] | Alphonse Karr in his garden at Saint-Raphaël’. 195-208: text. [209]: ‘Twelve | Two Moles’. [210]: ‘[photo] | Turgenev at forty: the age of renunciation’. 211-214: text. [215]: ‘Thirteen | Consolation v. | Desolation’. [216]: ‘[photo] | George Sand, by Nadar’. 217-234: text. [235]: ‘Fourteen | Tail-Flaying’. [236]: ‘[photo] | A bad sight for Flaubert: Prussians in the | studio of a Rouen photographer, 1871’. 237-249: text. [250]: blank. [251]: ‘Fifteen | The Cost of | Conscientious | Literature’. [252]: ‘[photo] | Caroline Commanville, | Flaubert’s niece’. 253-267: text. [268]: blank. [269]: ‘Sixteen | Faithful Betrayal’. [270]: ‘[photo] | Isabelle Huppert as Emma Bovary, ‘a victim who | does not behave as a victim’’. 271-287: text. [288]: blank. [289]: ‘Seventeen | Justin: A Small | Major Character’. [290]: ‘[photo] | J. B. at the tomb of G. F., Rouen, 1983’. 291-302: text. 303-304: acknowledgements. 307-318: index.

General description: As in the first UK edition published by Picador, excepting different review quotes to lower panel and rewritten promotional text to front flap.

Something to Declare | Uncorrected Proof (Picador, 2002)


Notes on this edition: Something to Declare. London: Picador, 2002.

Uncorrected Proof of Julian Barnes’s essay collection Something to Declare. Published with color card wraps reproducing a painting by Howard Hodgkin with black and white lettering. ‘PICADOR UNCORRECTED BOUND PROOF’ in black at the top of the upper panel. Quote from Joanna Trollope on upper panel. Lower panel and spine are blue with white lettering. (20.6 x 14.3 cm).

Publication date listed as ’11/01/02′ with a provisional price of £7.99.

This is the first of two Picador proofs issued for this book. This color cover was followed by an uncorrected proof bound in white wrappers at a later date.

Something to Declare (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002)


Notes on this edition: First American edition New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. $25.00. Barnes has dedicated the book to his parents using their initials: ‘A. L. B. | 1909-1992 | K. M. B. | 1915-1997’. The back cover of the book features an embossed publisher’s device near the bottom edge, as pictured. 

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Title Page: JULIAN BARNES | Something to Declare | Essays on France | [Knopf device] | Alfred A. Knopf  New York  2002

Copyright Page: THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK | PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF | Copyright © 2002 by Julian Barnes | All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright | Conventions. Published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, | a division of Random House, Inc., New York. Distributed by | Random House, Inc., New York. | www.aaknopf.com | Originally published in Great Britain by Picador, London. | Knopf, Borzoi Books, and the colophon are registered | trademarks of Random House, Inc. | ISBN: 0-375-41513-0 | LLCN: 2002109567 | Manufactured in the United States of America | First American Edition

Collation: 21.1 x 14.2 cm. Untrimmed pages. Pp. [i-ii, i-xii] xiii-xix [xx; 1-4] 5-13 [14-18] 19-29 [30-34] 35-41 [42-46] 47-55 [56-60] 61-69 [70-74] 75-89 [90-94] 95-99 [100-104] 105-133 [134-138] 139-157 [158-162] 163-177 [178-182] 183-193 [194-198] 199 [200-204] 205-217 [218-222] 223-231 [232-236] 237-247 [248-252] 253-265 [266-270] 271-279 [280-284] 285-295 [296-298] [Note: no even page numbers were printed]. [ii]: blank. [i]: ‘ALSO BY JULIAN BARNES | England, England | Cross Channel | Letters from London | The Porcupine | Talking It Over | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters | Staring at the Sun | Flaubert’s Parrot | Before She Met Me | Metroland | Love, etc.’. [i]: ‘Something to Declare’. [ii]: blank. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘A. L. B. | 1909–1992 | K. M. B. | 1915–1997’. [vi]: blank. [vii-viii]: contents. [ix]: list of illustrations. [x]: blank. [xi]-xix: preface. [xx]: blank. [1]: ‘( 1 ) | An Englishman Abroad’. [2]: ‘[photo] | A typical Ultimate Peasant’. [3-14]: text. [15]: ‘( 2 ) | Spending Their Deaths | on Holiday’. [16]: ‘[photo] | Three beers, one ashtray, three singers: (l. to r.) | Jacques Brel, Léo Ferré, George Brassens’. [17-30]: text. [31]: ‘( 3 ) | The Promises of Their | Ordination’. [32]: ‘[photo] | Jean Seberg kisses Jean-Paul Belmondo | to advertise A bout de souffle’. [33-42]: text. [43]: ‘( 4 ) | The Land Without Brussels Sprouts’. [44]: ‘[recipe for tomato soup] | A simple recipe’. [45]-55: text. [56]: blank. [57]: ‘( 5 ) | Tour de France 1907’. [58]: ‘[photo] | The Pont du Gard: “a little stupid,” | according to Henry James’. [59-70]: text. [71]: ‘( 6 ) | Tour de France 2000’. [72]: ‘[photo] | “To the memory of Tom Simpson, Olympic medallist, | World champion, British sporting ambassador, | died 13th July (Tour de France 1967)”’. [73]-89: text. [90]: blank. [91]: ‘( 7 ) | The Pouncer’. [92]: ‘[photo] | George Simenon with all his needs | (the maid is off camera), 1930s’. [93-100]: text. [101]: ‘( 8 ) | French Letters’. [102]: ‘[photo] | Not an Ultimate Peasant but a | sophisticated poet: Stéphane Mallarmé’. [103]-133: text. [134]: blank. [135]: ‘( 9 ) | Flaubert’s Death-Masks’. [136]: ‘[photo] | Flaubert’s death-mask’. [137]-157: text. [158]: blank. [159]: ‘( 10 ) | Not Drowning But Waving: | The Case of Louise Colet’. [160]: ‘[photo] | Louise Colet in riding costume, | by Courbet’. [161-178]: text. [179]: ‘( 11 ) | Drinking Ink’. [180]: ‘[photo] | Alphonse Karr in his garden at Saint-Raphaël’. [181]-193: text. [194]: blank. [195]: ‘( 12 ) | Two Moles’. [196]: ‘[photo] | Turgenev at forty: the age of renunciation’. [197-200]: text. [201]: ‘( 13 ) | Consolation v. Desolation’. [202]: ‘[photo] | George Sand, by Nadar’. [203-218]: text. [219]: ‘( 14 ) | Tail-Flaying’. [220]: ‘[photo] | A bad sight for Flaubert: Prussians in the | studio of a Rouen photographer, 1871’. [221-232]: text. [233]: ‘( 15 ) | The Cost of Conscientious | Literature’. [234]: ‘[photo] | Caroline Commanville, | Flaubert’s niece’. [235-248]: text. [249]: ‘( 16 ) | Faithful Betrayal’. [250]: ‘[photo] | Isabelle Huppert as Emma Bovary, “a victim who | does not behave as a victim”’. [251]-265: text. [266]: blank. [267]: ‘( 17 ) | Justin: A Small Major | Character’. [268]: ‘[photo] | J.B. at the tomb of G.F., Rouen, 1983’. [269]-279: text. [280]: blank. [281-282]: acknowledgements. [283]-295: index. [296]: blank. [297]: ‘A Note About the Author | Julian Barnes is the author of nine novels, a book of | stories, and a collection of essays. He is a recipient of | the Prix Femina, and in 1988 was made an Officier | de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in London.’. [298]: ‘A Note on the Type | This book was set in Fournier, a typeface name for | Pierre Simon Fournier, a celebrated type designer in | eighteenth-century France. Fournier’s type is consid- | ered transitional in that it drew its inspiration from the | old style yet was ingeniously innovational, providing | for an elegant yet legible appearance. | Composed by Creative Graphics, | Allentown, Pennsylvania | Printed and bound by R. R. Donnelley & Sons, | Harrisonburg, Virginia | Typography and binding design by | Dorothy S. Baker’.

General description: Binding 22 x 14.8 cm. Grey boards, silver blocked on blue board spine. White endpapers. Upper panel dust jacket features a photo of a Triumph Mayflower (courtesy of Julian Barnes), lettered in orange with red border (author) and white in a black rectangle. Lower panel has three vertical bands of color (blue, white, and red) with white, black, and red lettering.  Flaps are white with black lettering. Jacket design by Abby Weintraub. Photograph of the author by Jillian Edelstein on back flap.

Something to Declare | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002)


Notes on this edition: Something to Declare. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.  Uncorrected Proof in blue paper wraps. Preliminary publication information printed in black to the front cover. Scheduled publication set for 7 October 2002 at a price of “$25”.