Avant moi | Before She Met Me (Denoël / Gallimard Folio, 2000; French)


Notes on this edition: Avant moi | Before She Met Me. Paris: Denoël / Gallimard Folio, 2000. Pp. 283. 18 cm. Translated by Michel Courtois-Fourcy. ISBN: 2070388026. (French).

Title page lists the publisher as Denoël. The spine states the book is folio book no. 2505.

À jamais: et autres nouvelles (Denoël / Gallimard Folio, 2009; French)


Notes on this edition: À jamais: et autres nouvelles. Paris: Denoël / Gallimard Folio, 2009. Pp. 112. 18 cm. Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin. ISBN: 9782070360956.

Three short stories reprinted from the French translation of Julian Barnes’s collection Cross Channel (“Nouvelles extraites du recueil Outre-Manche“). The stories include “Evermore”, “Experience”, and “Hermitage”.

Title page lists the publisher as Denoël. The spine states the book is folio book no. 4839.

Fiddle City (Pantheon Books, 1986)


Notes on this edition: First American edition New York: Pantheon Books, 1986. Pp. 173. 18 cm. ISBN: 0394744411. $3.95.

Julian Barnes’s second novel written under the pseudonym of “Dan Kavanagh” was never published in hardback in the U.S., thus making the Pantheon Books edition the first American edition.

Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: FIDDLE CITY | [decorative line] | Dan Kavanagh | [Pantheon device] | PANTHEON BOOKS | NEW YORK

Copyright Page: Copyright © 1981 by Dan Kavanagh. | All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright | Conventions. Published in the United States by Pantheon Books, a divi- | sion of Random House, Inc., New York. Hardcover edition originally | published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape Ltd., London, in 1981. | Manufactured in the United States of America | First Pantheon Paperback Edition

Collation: 17.5 x 10.5 cm. Pp. [1-6] 7-173 [174-176]. [1]: ‘FIDDLE CITY’. [2]: ‘BY THE SAME AUTHOR | Duffy’. [3]: title page. [4]: copyright page. [5]: ‘To Craig and Li’. [6]: blank. 7-173: text. [174]: ‘Dan Kavanagh was born in County Sligo in 1946. | After an uncompromising adolescence, at nineteen | he became assistant entertainments officer on a Jap- | anese supertanker and traveled the world. He has | been a pianist in a waterfront bar in Macao, a bag- | gage handler at San Francisco Airport, and has | flown light planes on the Colombian cocaine route. | He is currently working in London at jobs he de- | clines to specify, and lives in North Islington. He is | also the author of Duffy.’. [175-176]: advertisements.

General description: Binding 17.5 x 10.5 cm. Paperbound in white.  Lettered in light blue (title) and white (author), with cover design by Louise Fili. 

Inglaterra, Inglaterra | England, England (Anagrama/Quinteto, 2002; Spanish)


Notes on this edition: Inglaterra, Inglaterra | England, England. [Barcelona]: Anagrama/Quinteto, 2002. Pp. 380. 18 cm. Translated by Jaime Zulaika. ISBN: 8495971062. (Spanish).

Spine is marked as “65” in the series.

Ljubezen, etc. | Love, etc (Mladinska knjiga, 2002; Slovenian)


Notes on this edition: Ljubezen, etc. | Love, etc. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga, 2002. Pp. 217. 21 cm. Translated by Valerija Cokan. ISBN: 9788611163420. (Slovenian).

Le perroquet de Flaubert | Flaubert’s Parrot (Stock, 2000; French)


Notes on this edition: Le perroquet de Flaubert | Flaubert’s Parrot Paris: Stock, 2000. Pp. 341. 18 cm. Translated by Jean Guiloineau. ISBN: 9782234052130. (French).

Series: Bibliothèque Cosmopolite

Flaubert’s Parrot (Picador, 2002)


Notes on this edition: Flaubert’s Parrot. London: Picador, 2002. Pp. ix, 229. 18 cm. ISBN: 0330491962.

Released as part of “Picador XXX Thirty” to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Picador imprint that launched in 1972. The front cover uses a black and white version of the photograph that appeared on the first Picador edition in 1985 and the back cover reproduces the original cover in color.

Book and Magazine Collector, No. 98 (May 1992)


Notes on this edition: Hynson, Colin. “Julian Barnes.” Book and Magazine Collector, No. 98, May 1992. Pp. 39-45.

This issue of Book and Magazine Collector features a lengthy overview of Julian Barnes’s publications up to Talking It Over (1991). The piece depicts the beginning of an overall increase in the collectible value of Julian Barnes books, especially for his highly-praised novel Flaubert’s Parrot.

The Noise of Time | Jacket Printing Error (Jonathan Cape, 2016)


Notes on this edition: A small number of copies of the first U.K. edition of Julian Barnes’s The Noise of Time were distributed with a printing error on the dust jacket. The red lettering is missing for the author’s name on the front and spine and the blurbs to the back of the jacket. The letters impressed upon the jacket, which created an embossed effect (as shown in the photos), but the ink failed to apply.

In addition to the copy featured here, the author was made aware of two additional copies with this error. The exact number of copies with this printing error is unknown.

The Noise of Time (Jonathan Cape, 2016)


Notes on this edition: The first English language edition of Julian Barnes’s The Noise of Time was preceded in publication by the Dutch and Georgian translations. A very small quantity of dust jackets for the first edition were published with a printing error in which the red lettering was not applied (see example).

Descriptive Bibliography: First edition – London: Jonathan Cape, 2016. £14.99. ISBN: 9781910702604

Title Page: JULIAN BARNES | THE NOISE | OF TIME | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | LONDON

Copyright Page: 1 3 5 7 9 20 8 6 4 2 | Jonathan Cape, an imprint of Vintage Publishing, | 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, | London SW1V 2SA | Jonathan Cape is part of the Penguin Random House | group of companies whose addresses can be found at | global.penguinrandomhouse.com. | [Penguin Random House UK device] | Copyright © Julian Barnes 2016 | Julian Barnes has asserted his right to be identified as the | author of this Work in accordance with the Copyright, | Designs and Patents Act 1988. | First published by Jonathan Cape in 2016 | www.vintage-books.co.uk | A CIP catalogue record for this book | is available from the British Library | ISBN: 9781910702604 | Typeset by Palimpsest Book Production Ltd, Falkirk, Stirlingshire | Printed and bound by Clays Ltd, St Ives plc | Penguin Random House is committed to a sustainable | future for our business, our readers and our planet. This book is | made from Forest Stewardship Council® certified paper. | [FSC® logo]

Collation: 19.7 x 12.8 cm. Pp. [i-viii] 1-3 [4-6] 7-58 [59-60] 61-111 [112-114] 115-179 [180-182] 183 [184]. [i]: ‘THE NOISE OF TIME’. [ii]: ‘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 | Levels of Life | Keeping an Eye Open | TRANSLATION | In the Land of Pain | by Alphonse Daudet’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘for Pat’. [vi]: blank. [vii]: ‘One to hear | One to remember | And one to drink. | traditional’. [viii]: blank. 1-3: text. [4]: blank. [5]: ‘1: On the Landing’. [6]: blank. 7-58: text. [59]: ‘2: On the Plane’. [60]: blank. 61-111: text. [112]: blank. [113]: ‘3: In the Car’. [114]: blank. 115-[180]: text. [181-182]: blank. 183-[184]: [‘Author’s note’].

General description: Binding 20.5 x 13.5 cm. Black cloth boards stamped in red lettering to spine. Black endpapers. Cover design by Suzanne Dean with an illustration by Vladimir Zimokov. Back flap of dust jacket features an author photograph by Alan Edwards.