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


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Flaubert’s Parrot. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985.

This review copy consists of a first American hardback edition supplemented with a promotional flyer, author photo, and a review slip from the publisher. The book is not stamped or otherwise marked as a “review” copy.

The Porcupine | Promotional Pamphlet (Alfred A. Knopf, 1992)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. The Porcupine (excerpt). New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992. Pp. 28 [29] + [1]. 23.5 x 15.5 cm.

The opening of Julian Barnes’s novel The Porcupine was produced as one of four promotional pamphlets issued in a protective slipcase. The four pamphlets include excerpts from:

Kathryn Kramer: Rattlesnake Farming
Michael Ondaatje: The English Patient
Michael Doane: City of Light
Julian Barnes: The Porcupine

The Man in the Red Coat (Alfred A. Knopf, 2020; Uncorrected Proof)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. The Man in the Red Coat. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2020. Pp. 265 + [13]. 21 x 15.3 cm.

Uncorrected Proof of the first American edition. The proof lists the publication date as 19 February 2020.

The Only Story (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018; Proof)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. The Only Story. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. Pp. 253 + [9]. 19 x 13 cm.

“Advanced Reader’s Edition” / Advanced proof published in paperback covers.

Staring at the Sun | Dust Jacket Slide (Alfred A. Knopf, 1987)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Staring at the Sun | Dust Jacket Slide Alfred A. Knopf, 1987.

This ephemeral slide depicts the dust jacket art work for  the Alfred A. Knopf edition of Julian Barnes’s novel Starting at the Sun. Julian Barnes sent the slide to Rolland Comstock, noted book collector who specialized in contemporary authors. Barnes has inscribed the paper enclosing the slide and included a note dated 10 May 1996 to Comstock that reads:

“Dear Rolland:
Turning out my study I came across
this Knopf transparency for the SAS cover.
I bet you haven’t got it. I shall be dismayed
if you have. This is to assuage the guilt
I still feel at only being able to sign 48%
of your suitcase.
Hope one of your children is getting
interested in books.
Best wishes,
Julian B.”

The Man in the Red Coat (Alfred A. Knopf, 2020)


Notes on this edition: The American edition and the Canadian editions were published simultaneously and are identical in pagination, except for variations to the preliminary page, title page, and copyright page, as noted. The American dust jacket was designed by John Gall.

Descriptive Bibliography: First American edition – New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2020. $26.95. 

Title Page: THE MAN IN THE RED COAT | Julian Barnes | [Random House device] |ALFRED A. KNOPF · NEW YORK · 2020

Copyright Page: THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK | PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF | Copyright © 2019 by Julian Barnes | All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, | a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York. Originally published in | hardcover in Great Britain in slightly different form by Jonathan Cape,  an imprint of | Vintage Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House Ltd., London, in 2019. | www.aaknopf.com | Knopf, Borzoi Books, and the colophon are registered | trademarks of Penguin Random House LLC. | Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data | Names: Barnes, Julian, author. | Title: The man in the red coat / Julian Barnes. | Description: First edition. [bar ‘|’] New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020. [bar ‘|’] | Identifiers: LCCN 2019028764 9print0 [bar ‘|’] LCCN 2019028765 (ebook) [bar ‘|’] | ISBN 9780525658771 (hardcover) [bar ‘|’] ISBN 9780525658788 (ebook) | Subjects: LCSH: Pozzi, Samuel, 1846-1918. [bar ‘|’] Gynecologists—France—Biography. | Classification: LCC RG76.P69 B37 2020 (print) [bar ‘|’] | LCC RG76.P69 (ebook) [bar ‘|’] DDC 618.10092 [B]—dc23 | LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2019028764 | LC ebook record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2019028765 | Jacket image: Dr. Pozzi at Home (1881), by John Singer Sargent | (detail). Armand Hammer Foundation, USA/Bridgeman Images | Jacket design by John Gall | Manufactured in Germany | First United States Edition

Collation: 21.0 x 15.2 cm. Pp. [Note: except in the case of full-page illustrations, all even pages are unnumbered with a running title ‘THE MAN IN THE RED COAT’ and all odd pages are numbered. Full page illustrations appear on pages 7, 15, 26, 34, 35, 57, 60, 64, 72, 104, 111, 119, 122, 125, 128, 138, 153, 158, 172, 177, 209, 216]. [i-viii] [1-4] 5-265 [266-280]. [i]: blank. [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 | The Noise of Time | The Only Story | NONFICTION | 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]: ‘THE MAN IN THE RED COAT’. [iv]: blank. [v]: title page. [vi]: copyright page. [vii]: ‘TO RACHEL’. [viii]: blank. [1: ‘THE MAN IN THE RED COAT’. [2]: blank. [3]-265: text [except as noted above regarding illustrations]. [266-267]: text [‘Author’s Note’]. [268]: text [‘Acknowledgements’]. [269]: blank. [270-271]: text [‘Illustration Credits’]. [272]: text [‘A Note About The Author’]. [273]: blank. [274]: text [‘A Note on the Type’]. [275-280]: blank.

General description: Binding 21.5 x 15.9 cm. Black cloth boards stamped in gold lettering to the spine. Light cream endpapers with photographs of luminaries discussed in the book. Back flap of the dust jacket features an author photograph by Urszula Soltys.

England, England | Promotional Material (Alfred A. Knopf, 1999)


Notes on this item: Folder from Alfred A. Knopf containing loose sheets of paper (promotional material) announcing Julian Barnes’s novel England, England. Letter accompanying the promotional material is not dated.

The Borzoi Reader (Alfred A. Knopf, Fall 1991)


Notes on this edition: The Borzoi Reader. Alfred A. Knopf, Fall 1991.

Complimentary promotional item containing information and an excerpt from Julian Barnes’s novel Talking It Over published by Alfred A. Knopf. The reader is pp. 48 with Barnes’s excerpt appearing on pages 4-5.

Promotional Placard | Arthur & George (Alfred A. Knopf, 2006)


Notes on this item: Promotional placard advertising Julian Barnes’s novel Arthur & George. 76 x 52 cm.

This large advertisement placard was intended to stand on display in a book store upon the publication of the novel by Alfred A. Knopf in 2006.

Love, etc. | Promotional Material (Alfred A. Knopf, 2001)


Notes on this item: Folder from Alfred A. Knopf containing loose sheets of paper (promotional material) announcing Julian Barnes’s novel Love, etc. Letter accompanying the promotional material is dated January 2001.