Flaubert’s Parrot (Alfred A. Knopf, 1985; Paperback)


Notes about this edition: Flaubert’s Parrot. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. Pp. 190. Paperbound with setting and cover illustration as in the first U.S. hardback edition.

This paperback edition of Julian Barnes’s Flaubert’s Parrot appears nearly identical to the first edition hardback published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1985. The title pages the copyright pages are identical, except that this paperback edition does not state “First American Edition” and does not include information about where the book was printed, as in the hardback edition. The ISBN listed on the copyright page is for the hardback edition. This paperback edition contains no marking indicating it is an American book club edition, but this is a likely explanation. 

Flaubertin Papukaija | Flaubert’s Parrot (WSOY, 1994; Finnish)


Notes on this edition: Flaubertin Papukaija. Porvoo – Helsinki – Juva: WSOY, 1994. Pp. 277 [1]. 20 cm. Translated by Kristiina Drews. (Finnish). ISBN: 951-0-19917-6

התוכי של פלובר | Flaubert’s Parrot (Zmora-Bitan, 1987 Hebrew)


Notes on this edition: התוכי של פלובר | Flaubert’s Parrot. Tel-Aviv: Zmora-Bitan, 1987. Pp. 188. 22 cm. Translated by כרמית גיא. (Hebrew).

Thirty-Seventh Antiquarian Book Fair 1996


Notes on this edition: In 1996, the Grosvenor House in London hosted the Antiquariean Booksellers Association’s Thirty-Seventh Antiquarian Book Fair, and Julian Barnes wrote the introduction to the fair catalog. His essay discusses book collecting and the idealistic notion of “completeness”.

Of the limited number of catalogs published for this occasion, one hundred were signed by Barnes at the end of his introduction. Each signed copy was numbered, as pictured.

플로베르의 앵무새 | Flaubert’s Parrot (Dong Yeun, 1995; Korean)


Notes on this edition: 플로베르의 앵무새. Seoul: Dong Yeun Publishing, 1995. Pp. 329. (Korean).

フロベールの鸚鵡 | Flaubert’s Parrot (Hakusui-Sha Limited, 1989; Japanese)


Notes on this edition: フロベールの鸚鵡 (Furobēru no ōmu). Tokyo: Hakusui-Sha Limited, 1989. Pp. 293.  20 cm. Translated by Shozo Saito. ISBN: 4560044546

The Japanese translation of Julian Barnes’s Flaubert’s Parrot features a blue promotional wrap-around band. The binding also reproduces the parrot image from the dust jacket in white to the front board.

Flaubert’s Parrot (Alfred A. Knopf, 1985)


Notes on this edition: First American edition – New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. $13.95. 

Barnes’s third literary novel Flaubert’s Parrot was a great success in the U.K., thus ensuring hardback publication in the U.S. Riding the wave of the novel’s success, paperback editions of his previous two novels soon appeared on the market.

Peter Brooks of The New York Times ended his review of the novel with: “His book is a great success, humane and generous, full of insight and wit, rich and even prodigal in its verbal inventiveness: a book Flaubert would have scorned to write, a book well worth writing.”

On February 17, 1985 (shortly before publication of the novel), Barnes published his essay “The Follies of Writer Worship” in The New York Times. The essay is a non-fiction piece about the nature of writer worship, which is a theme underlying the narrator’s search for truth in the novel.

Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: JULIAN BARNES | [double rule line] | Flaubert’s | Parrot | [Knopf device] | ALFRED A. KNOPF  New York  1985

Copyright Page: THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK | PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF, INC. | Copyright © 1984 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, Ltd., London. | “Flaubert’s Parrot” was first published in the London Review of Books, | and “Emma Bovary’s Eyes” first appeared in an edited form, in Granta. | Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data | Barnes, Julian.  Flaubert’s Parrot. | 1. Flaubert, Gustave, 1821-1880, in fiction, drama, | poetry, etc. 2. Parrots—Fiction. I. Title. | PR6052.A6657F56  1985  823’.914  84-48550 | ISBN 0-394-54272-X | Manufactured in the United States of America | FIRST AMERICAN EDITION | A NOTE ON THE TYPE | The text of this book was set in a digitized version of Bembo, a well- | known Monotype face. Named for Pietro Bembo, the celebrated | Renaissance writer and humanist scholar who was made a cardinal | and served as secretary to Pope Leo X, the original cutting of Bembo | was made by Francesco Griffo of Bologna only a few years after Co- | lumbus discovered America. | Sturdy, well-balanced, and finely proportioned, Bembo is a face of | rare beauty, extremely legible in all of its sizes. | Composed in Great Britain | Printed and bound by Fairfield Graphics, | Fairfield, Pennsylvania. | Binding design by Marysarah Quinn.

Collation: 21.2 x 14.3 cm. Untrimmed pages. Pp. [i-ii, 1-11] 12-22 [23] 24-37 [38] 39-48 [49] 50-65 [66] 67-73 [74] 75-81 [82] 83-106 [107] 108-114 [115] 116-125 [126] 127-136 [137] 138-152 [153] 154-159 [160] 161-170 [171] 172-179 [180] 181-190. [i]: blank. [ii]: ‘by the same author | METROLAND | BEFORE SHE MET ME’. [1]: ‘Flaubert’s | Parrot’. [2]: blank. [3]: title page. [4]: copyright page. [5]: ‘To Pat’. [6]: epigraph. [7]: [contents]. [8]: ‘Note | I am grateful to James Fenton and the Salamander Press for per- | mission to reprint the lines from ‘A German Requiem’ on page 115. | The translations in this book are by Geoffrey Braithwaite; though he | would have been lost without the impeccable example of Francis | Steegmuller. | J.B.’. [9]: ‘Flaubert’s | Parrot’. [10]: blank. [11]-190: text.

General description: Binding 22 x 15 cm. White boards, gold blocked on green spine. Gold stamped ‘JB’ on front board. White endpapers. Grey dust jacket lettered in red (title) and blue (author). Cover image ‘Félicité Sleeping with Parrot’ by David Hockney. Photograph of the author by Jerry Bauer located on back flap.

Pulsations | Pulse (Mercure de France, 2011; French)


Notes on this edition: Pulsations | Pulse. [Paris]: Mercure de France, 2011. Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin. 329 p. ISBN: 9782070450305

Gallimard Folio series no. 5510

Rien à craindre | Nothing to Be Frightened of (Mercure de France/Folio, 2009; French)


Notes on this edition: Rien à craindre | Nothing to Be Frightened of. [Paris]: Mercure de France, 2009. Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin. 395 p. ISBN: 9782070418824

Gallimard Folio series no. 5070

The Truth about Dogs by Volker Kriegel (Bloomsbury, 1988)


Notes on this edition: First edition – London: Bloomsbury, 1988. £4.95. Originally published as Kriegels Kleine Hunde-Kunde by Volker Kriegel. Translated and with an introduction by Julian Barnes. 

Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: THE TRUTH ABOUT | DOGS | Volker Kriegel | Translated and introduced by | Julian Barnes | [cartoon by Kriegel] | BLOOMSBURY

Copyright Page: First published in Great Britain 1988 | Originally published under the title Kriegels Kleine | Hunde-Kunde by Haffmans Verlag | Copyright © 1986 by Haffmans Verlag | Introduction and translation © 1988 | by Julian Barnes | Guist dog on page 1 drawn by Tatjana Hauptmann | Bloomsbury Publishing Limited, | 2 Soho Square, London W1V 5DE | British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data | Kriegel, Volker | The truth about dogs. | 1. German humorous cartoons—Collection | from individual artists | 1. Title | 741.5’943 | ISBN 0 7475 0232 3 | Printed in Great Britain by | Butler & Tanner Limited, Frome

Collation: 15.4 x 9.2 cm. Pp. [1-6] 7-121 [122-128]. [1]: ‘The Truth About Dogs | [drawing of dog]’. [2]: blank. [3]: title page. [4]: copyright page. [5]: ‘For Ev | but also for Juli, Nico, Joles | and all the others’.  [6]: [drawing of dog]. 7-10: [introduction by Julian Barnes]. 11-121: text. [122-128]: blank.

General description: Binding 16 x 9.7 cm. Yellow boards, gold blocked on spine. White endpapers. Cream dust jacket lettered in black and yellow. Upper panel of jacket features a black and blue illustration of a dog crying at a full moon with ‘BLOOMSBURY’ across bottom