Talking It Over (Jonathan Cape, 1991)


Notes on this edition: First edition – London: Jonathan Cape, 1991. £13.99. Print run: 24,000.


Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: Talking It Over | Julian Barnes | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | LONDON

Copyright Page: First published 1991 | © Julian Barnes 1991 | Jonathan Cape, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA | Julian Barnes has asserted his right | under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988 | to be identified as the author of this work | ‘Walking After Midnight’ (Hecht/Block) | © Acuff-Rose Opryland Music Ltd | ‘Two Cigarettes in an Ashtray’ (Miller/Stevenson) | © Acuff-Rose Opryland Music Ltd | International copyright secured. All rights reserved. | Reproduced by permission of Warner Chappell Music Ltd | A CIP catalogue record for this book | is available from the British Library | ISBN 0-224-03157-0 | Phototypeset by Falcon Graphic Art Ltd | Printed in Great Britain by | Mackays of Chatham PLC, Chatham, Kent

Collation: 21.5 x 13.7 cm. Pp. [i-x] 1-273 [274-278]. [i-ii]: blank. [iii]: ‘Talking It Over’. [iv]: ‘by the same author | METROLAND | BEFORE SHE MET ME | FLAUBERT’S PARROT | STARING AT THE SUN | A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 10½ CHAPTERS’. [v]: title page. [vi]: copyright page. [vii]: ‘to Pat’. [viii]: blank. [ix]: ‘He lies like an eye-witness | Russian saying’. [x]: blank. 1-273: text. [274-278]: blank.

General description: Binding 22.2 x 14.4 cm. Tan boards, gold blocked on spine. Sky blue endpapers. Tan dust jacket with color illustration on upper panel in purple, red, blue, green, and yellow. Lettered in black on upper and lower panel. Jacket illustration by Fraser Taylor. Author photograph by Jane Bown on back flap.

Talking It Over (Vintage Books, 1992 [2000]; Canadian Reprint)


Notes on this edition: Talking It Over. Vintage Books, 1992 [2000]. Pp. 275. 21 cm. ISBN: 0394222989.

This printing appears identical to the first Canadian Vintage edition published in 1992. The copyright page states this is a “First Vintage Books Edition” and has a printing number line that reads “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2”, but the back of the book  includes advertisements for England, England (1998) and — “NEW FROM RANDOM HOUSE CANADA” — Love, etc (2000), thus suggesting it is a reprint.

Talking It Over | Uncorrected Proof (Jonathan Cape, 1991)


Notes on this edition: Talking It Over. London: Jonathan Cape, 1991. Pp. 273.

Uncorrected Proof in stiff white card wrappers reproducing dust jacket illustration in black and white. Lettered in black, except for ‘UNCORRECTED PROOF’ in white along bottom of front cover. (21.6 x 13.8 cm). Issued with proof jacket that states ‘PROOF ONLY’ and provides provisional publication date of ’11 July 1991′ on back flap. This provisional date is also listed to the back cover of the proof along with a provisional price of £13.99.

En trekanthistorie | Talking It Over (Aschehoug, 1993; Swedish)


Notes on this edition: En trekanthistorie | Talking It Over. Oslo: Aschehoug, 1993. Pp. 242. 23 cm. Translated by Knut Ofstad. ISBN: 8259012014. (Swedish).

Darüber reden | Talking It Over (Haffmans Verlag, 1997; German)


Notes on this edition: Darüber redenTalking It Over. Zürich: Haffmans Verlag, 1992. Pp. 262 [1]. 22 cm. Translated by Gertraude Krueger. ISBN: 325100204x. (German).

Puhumalla Paras | Talking It Over (WSOY, 1992; Finnish)


Notes on this edition: Puhumalla paras. Porvoo · Helsinki · Juva: WSOY, 1992. Pp. 297 [1]. 21 cm. Translated by Kristiina Drews. ISBN: 9510183393. (Finnish).

Note: This specimen’s dust jacket is sun-faded at the spine.

Amore, ecc. | Talking It Over (Einaudi, 1998; Italian)


Notes on this edition: Amore, ecc. | Talking It Over. Torino: Einaudi, 1998. Pp. 266. 20 cm. Translated by Riccardo Mainardi. ISBN: 9788806143053. (Italian).

Stated to the copyright page: “Questo volume è apparso nel 1992 presso l’editore Rizzoli con il titolo Parliamone. [This volume appeared in 1992 by the publisher Rizzoli under the title Parliamone.] This edition is also marked as “Einaudi Tascabili. Letteratura 568”.

Cover features art by George Underwood.

Trois | Talking It Over (Editura Nemira, 2006; Romanian)


Notes on this edition: Trois | Talking It Over. Bucharest: Nemira, 2006. Pp. 285. 18 cm. Translated by Cornelia Bucur. ISBN: 9789735698355. (Romanian).

Talking It Over (Alfred A. Knopf, 1991; Canadian Edition)


Notes on this edition: First Canadian edition – Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. $24.00. The Canadian edition features a cut fore edge, while the nearly identical first American edition has an uncut fore edge.

Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: Talking It Over | A NOVEL BY | JULIAN BARNES | [Knopf device] | ALFRED A. KNOPF  NEW YORK · TORONTO | 1991

Copyright Page: THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK | Copyright © 1991 by Julian Barnes | All rights reserved under International and Pan-American | Copyright Conventions. Published in Canada in 1991 by | Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto, and simultaneously | in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York. | Originally published in Great Britain by | Jonathan Cape Ltd., London. | Grateful acknowledgement is made to Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., for | permission to reprint excerpts from “Three Cigarettes in an Ash | Tray” by Eddie Miller and W. S. Stevenson, copyright © 1982 by | Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., and excerpts from “Walkin’ After | Midnight” by Alan Block and Don Hecht, copyright © 1956, | copyright renewed 1984 by Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. All rights | reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission. | Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data | Barnes, Julian | Talking it over | ISBN 0-394-22239-3 | 1. Title. | PR6052.A6657T34  1991   823’.914   C91-093984-5 | Manufactured in the United States of America | FIRST CANADIAN EDITION

Collation: 21.2 x 13.9 cm. Trimmed pages. Pp. [i-x, 1-4] 5-47 [48-52] 53-67 [68-70] 71-81 [82-84] 85-95 [96-98] 99-109 [110-112] 113-127 [128-132] 133-193 [194-198] 199-211 [212-214] 215-225 [226-228] 229-235 [236-238] 239-275 [276-278] [Note: no even page numbers were printed]. [i]: blank. [ii]: ‘ALSO BY JULIAN BARNES | A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters | Staring at the Sun | Flaubert’s Parrot | Before She Met Me | Metroland’. [iii]: ‘Talking It Over’. [iv]: blank. [v]: title page. [vi]: copyright page. [vii]: ‘to Pat’. [viii]: blank. [ix]: ‘He lies like an eye-witness. | RUSSIAN SAYING’. [x]: blank. [1]: ‘Talking It Over’. [2]: blank. [3]-275: text. [276-278]: blank.

General description: Binding 22.2 x 14.8 cm. Blue boards, black quarter binding silver blocked on spine. Silver stamped initials ‘JB’ to lower front cover and embossed Knopf devise to lower back cover. White endpapers. Dust jacket has black upper panel with multi-colored images of British currency, Patsy Cline, and map of Toulouse. Lettering in white (title) and black (author), with author lettering inset in silver rectangle. Lower panel and flaps are white with black lettering, except the titles of previous novels are in red italics. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson. Photograph of the author by Miriam Berkley located on back flap.

Talking It Over (Alfred A. Knopf, 1991)


Notes on this edition: First American edition – New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. $21.00. The American edition features an uncut fore edge, while the nearly identical first Canadian edition has a cut fore edge.

Pictured in this entry are three title pages — one unsigned, one signed, and one inscribed from Barnes to Christopher Buckley during a visit to Christopher Hitchens’s home in Washington D.C.: “to Christopher B. | from | Julian B. | Chez the Hitch | October 1991”.

Also photographed is a collection of promotional inserts that accompanied hardback review copies of the novel distributed to reviewers.

Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: Talking It Over | A NOVEL BY | JULIAN BARNES | [Knopf device] | ALFRED A. KNOPF  NEW YORK | 1991

Copyright Page: THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK | PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF, INC. | Copyright © 1991 by Julian Barnes | All rights reserved under International and Pan-American | Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by | Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York. Distributed by Random | House, Inc., New York. Originally published in Great Britain | by Jonathan Cape Limited, London. | Grateful acknowledgement is made to Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., for | permission to reprint excerpts from “Three Cigarettes in an Ash | Tray” by Eddie Miller and W. S. Stevenson, copyright © 1982 by | Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., and excerpts from “Walkin’ After | Midnight” by Alan Block and Don Hecht, copyright © 1956, | copyright renewed 1984 by Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. All rights | reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission. | ISBN 0-679-40525-9 | LC 91-52725 | Manufactured in the United States of America | FIRST AMERICAN EDITION

Collation: 21.2 x 14.3 cm. Untrimmed pages. Pp. [i-x, 1-4] 5-47 [48-52] 53-67 [68-70] 71-81 [82-84] 85-95 [96-98] 99-109 [110-112] 113-127 [128-132] 133-193 [194-198] 199-211 [212-214] 215-225 [226-228] 229-235 [236-238] 239-275 [276-278] [Note: no even page numbers were printed]. [i]: blank. [ii]: ‘ALSO BY JULIAN BARNES | A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters | Staring at the Sun | Flaubert’s Parrot | Before She Met Me | Metroland’. [iii]: ‘Talking It Over’. [iv]: blank. [v]: title page. [vi]: copyright page. [vii]: ‘to Pat’. [viii]: blank. [ix]: ‘He lies like an eye-witness. | RUSSIAN SAYING’. [x]: blank. [1]: ‘Talking It Over’. [2]: blank. [3]-275: text. [276-278]: blank.

General description: Binding 22 x 15 cm. Blue boards, black quarter binding silver blocked on spine. Silver stamped initials ‘JB’ to lower front cover and embossed Knopf devise to lower back cover. White endpapers. Dust jacket has black upper panel with multi-colored images of British currency, Patsy Cline, and map of Toulouse. Lettering in white (title) and black (author), with author lettering inset in silver rectangle. Lower panel and flaps are white with black lettering, except the titles of previous novels are in red italics. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson. Photograph of the author by Miriam Berkley located on back flap.