The Best of Frank O’Connor | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009; Everyman’s Library #321)


Notes on this edition: Uncorrected Proof for The Best of Frank O’Connor. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. Pp. xxxviii, 673. 21 cm. ISBN: 9780307269041.

Edited and with an introduction by Julian Barnes pp. ix-xi. Part of the Everyman’s Library series, no. 321.

The Reef | Edith Wharton (Everyman’s Library, 1996; US Edition)


Notes on this edition: Edith Wharton. The Reef. New York: Everyman’s Library / Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. Pp. 290. 22 cm. ISBN: 0679447245.

Julian Barnes wrote the introduction to volume by Edith Wharton (pp. ix-xviii). Part of the Everyman’s Library series, no. 201. Republished in Barnes’s collection of essays Through the Window.

This edition is paginated the same as the U.K. edition distributed by Random House, though the dust jackets are different.

The Borzoi Reader (Spring 2001)


Notes on this edition: The Borzoi Reader. Alfred A. Knopf, Spring 2001). Complimentary promotional item containing information and an excerpt from Julian Barnes’s novel Love, etc. published by Alfred A. Knopf. Barnes’s excerpt appears on pages 22-23. Also includes quote from Barnes’s editor at Knopf Gary Fisketjon.

England, England | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 1999)


Notes on this edition: England, England. Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.

Uncorrected Proof in blue wraps with black lettering. Publication information and the statement, ‘THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED PROOF’ on bottom of upper panel. (21.5 x 14 cm).

Publication date on the front cover states, ‘    May 1999’.


Another copy of this proof was issued with promotional material stapled inside both the front and back covers. The publication date on the cover includes the day written in ink as ’10 May 1999′, as pictured.

Nothing to Be Frightened Of (Alfred A. Knopf, 2008)


Notes on this edition: First edition – New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. $24.95. 

Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: Nothing | to Be | Frightened Of | [decorative rule] | Julian Barnes | [Knopf device] | ALFRED A. KNOPF, NEW YORK, 2008

Copyright Page: THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK | PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF | Copyright © 2008 by Julian Barnes | All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, | a division of Random House, Inc., New York. | www.aaknopf.com | Originally published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape, an imprint of | The Random House Group Limited, London. | A portion of this book appeared in The New Yorker | Knopf, Borzoi Books, and the colophon are registered trademarks of | Random House, Inc. | Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data | Barnes, Julian. | Nothing to be frightened of / Julian Barnes.—1st American ed. | p.  cm. | | ISBN 978-0-307-26963-8 | 1. Barnes, Julian—Psychology. 2. Authors, English—20th century— | Biography. 3. Fear of death. 4. Barnes, Julian—Philosophy. | 5. Barnes, Julian—Religion. 6. Barnes, Julian—Childhood and youth. | 7. Barnes, Julian—Family. I. Title. | PR6052.A6657Z46 2008 823’.914B—dc22 2008019603 | Manufactured in the United States of America | First United States Edition

Collation: 21.2 x 14.0 cm. Pp. [i-viii, 1-4] 5-[244] [beginning with page 5, all odd pages are numbered, while all even pages are unnumbered] [245-248]. [i]: blank. [ii]: ‘BY THE SAME AUTHOR | FICTION | Arthur & George | The Lemon Table | Love, etc. | England, England | Cross Channel | 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 | NONFICTION | The Pedant in the Kitchen | Something to Declare | Letters From London, 1990–1995 | TRANSLATION | In the Land of Pain | by Alphonse Daudet’. [iii]: ‘NOTHING | to Be | Frightened Of’. [iv]: blank. [v]: title page. [vi]: copyright page. [vii]: ‘to P.’. [viii]: blank. [1]: ‘Nothing | to Be | Frightened Of’. [2]: blank. [3-4]: text. 5-[244]: text. [245-246]: blank. [247]: ‘A NOTE ON THE TYPE | Pierre SImon Fournier le jeune, who designed the type used | in this book, was both an originator and a collector of types. | His types are old style in character and sharply cut. In 1764 | and 1766 he published his Manual typographique, a treatise on | the history of French types and printing, and on what many | consider his most important contribution to typography— | the measurement of type by the point system. | Composed by Stratford Publishing Services | Brattleboro, Vermont | Printed and bound by R. R. Donnelley | Harrisonburg, Virginia | Designed by M. Kristen Bearse’. [248]: blank.  

General description: Binding 22.0 x 14.7 cm. Light blue paper boards with grey quarter-cloth spine stamped in silver lettering. White endpapers. The text block has a ‘deckled’ or uncut fore edge. Cover features a photograph of Julian Barnes by Paul Stuart. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson. Bottom of back flap dates the dust jacket as ‘9/2008’.

Additional Printings are documented below:

“Interference” | Knopf Short Story Sampler, Spring 1996


Notes on this edition: “Interference” by Julian Barnes. Knopf Short Story Sampler, Spring 1996.

This sampler includes a mock-up of the title page for Barnes’s short story collection Cross Channel. The story itself appears on pp. 5-26.

Other books included in this sampler:

  • The Stupefaction / Diane Williams
  • Cruising Paradise / Sam Shepard
  • Nightwork / Christine Schutt
  • Battling against Castro / Jim Shepard

Cross Channel (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996)


Notes on this edition: First American edition – New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. $21.00.

Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: CROSS CHANNEL | [decorative rule] | Julian Barnes | Alfred A. Knopf  [Knopf device] New York  1996

Copyright Page: THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK | PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF, INC. | Copyright © 1996 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, London. | “Interference,” “Experiment,” and “Evermore” were | originally published in The New Yorker. “Gnossienne” and | “Dragons” were originally published in Granta. | Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data | Barnes, Julian. | Cross channel / Julian Barnes.—1st American ed. | p.  cm. | ISBN 0-679-44691-5 | I. British—Travel—France—History—Fiction. I. Title. | PR6052.A6657C76 1996  95-44427 | 823’.914—dc20  CIP | Manufactured in the United States of America | FIRST AMERICAN EDITION

Collation: 18.8 x 13.3 cm. Pp. [i-x, 1-2] 3-20 [21-22] 23-42 [43-44] 45-62 [63-64] 65-87 [88-90] 91-111 [112-114] 115-128 [129-130] 131-148 [149-150] 151-164 [165-166] 167-188 [189-190] 191-211 [212-214]. [i]: blank. [ii]: ‘ALSO BY JULIAN BARNES | 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’. [iii]: ‘CROSS CHANNEL | [decorative rule]’. [iv]: blank. [v]: title page. [vi]: copyright page. [vii]: ‘TO PAT’. [viii]: blank. [ix]: contents. [x]: blank. [1]: ‘INTERFERENCE | [decorative rule]’. [2]: blank. 3-20: text. [21]: ‘JUNCTION | [decorative rule]’. [22]: blank. 23-42: text. [43]: ‘EXPERIMENT | [decorative rule]’. [44]: blank. 45-62: text. [63]: ‘MELON | [decorative rule]’. [64]: blank. 65-87: text. [88]: blank. [89]: ‘EVERMORE | [decorative rule]’. [90]: blank. 91-111: text. [112]: blank. [113]: ‘GNOSSIENNE | [decorative rule]’. [114]: blank. 115-128: text. [129]: ‘DRAGONS | [decorative rule]’. [130]: blank. 131-148: text. [149]: ‘BRAMBILLA | [decorative rule]’. [150]: blank. 151-164: text. [165]: ‘HERMITAGE | [decorative rule]’. [166]: blank. 167-188: text. [189]: ‘TUNNEL | [decorative rule]’. [190]: blank. 191-211: text. [212-214]: blank.

General description: Binding 19.7 x 13.8 cm. Cream boards, dark green quarter board gold blocked on spine. White endpapers. Dust jacket in cream, brown, and green. Lettering is white on upper panel and black on lower panel.  Photo titled “Saint-Valéry, 1855” by Édouard Baldus on upper panel. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson. Photograph of the author by Jillian Edelstein located on lower panel.

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Alfred A. Knopf, 1989; Canadian Edition)


Notes on this edition: First Canadian edition – Toronto: Random House of Canada, 1989. $21.95.


Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: A HISTORY | OF THE WORLD | IN 10½ CHAPTERS | JULIAN BARNES | [Knopf device] | ALFRED A. KNOPF  New York · Toronto  1989

Copyright Page: Copyright © 1989 by Julian Barnes | All rights reserved under International and | Pan-American Copyright Conventions. | Published in Canada 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. | Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data | Barnes, Julian | A history of the world in 10½ chapters | ISBN 0-394-22121-4 | I. Title. | PR6052.A6657H58  1989  823’.914  C89-094445-8 | A portion of this book was originally published in The New Yorker. | Manufactured in the United States of America | Facing page 124: Géricault, The Raft of the Medusa, 1819. | Louvre Museum, Paris  © Réunion des Musées Nationaux.

Collation: 21.2 x 14.4 cm. Untrimmed pages. Pp. [i-xii, 1-2] 3-30 [31-32] 33-58 [59-60] 61-80 [81-82] 83-111 [112-114] 115-139 [140-142] 143-168 [169-170] 171-188 [189-190] 191-220 [221-222] 223-244 [245-246] 247-278 [279-280] 281-307 [308]. [i-iii]: blank. [iv]: ‘ALSO BY JULIAN BARNES | Metroland | Before She Met Me | Flaubert’s Parrot | Staring at the Sun’. [v]: ‘A HISTORY | OF THE WORLD | IN 10½ CHAPTERS’. [vi]: blank. [vii]: title page. [viii]: copyright page. [ix]: ‘to Pat Kavanagh’. [x]: blank. [xi]: contents. [xii]: blank. [1]: ‘I | THE STOWAWAY’. [2]: blank. 3-30: text. [31]: ‘2 | THE VISITORS’. [32]: blank. 33-58: text. [59]: ‘3 | THE WARS OF | RELIGION’. [60]: blank. 61-80: text. [81]: ‘4 | THE SURVIVOR’. [82]: blank. 83-111: text. [112]: blank. [113]: ‘5 | SHIPWRECK’. [114]: blank. 115-139: text. [140]: blank. [141]: ‘6 | THE MOUNTAIN’. [142]: blank. 143-168: text. [169]: ‘7 | THREE SIMPLE | STORIES’. [170]: blank. 171-188: text. [189]: ‘8 | UPSTREAM!’. [190]: blank. 191-220: text. [221]: ‘PARENTHESIS’. [222]: blank. 223-244: text. [245]: ‘9 | PROJECT ARARAT’. [246]: blank. 247-278: text. [279]: ’10 | THE DREAM’. [280]: blank. 281-307: text. [308]: author’s note.

General description: Binding 22 x 15.2 cm. Dark green boards, green quarter binding silver blocked on spine. White endpapers. Géricault image tipped in between pages 124-25. White dust jacket lettered in black (title) and maroon (author) blue (author and quotes on lower panel). Color illustration on upper panel by Tom Sciacca. Photograph of the author by Miriam Berkley located on back flap. Differs from the American edition dust jacket in subtle ways — contains ‘Knopf’ and the Knopf device on spine, but includes ‘Toronto’ on the back flap.  

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Alfred A. Knopf, 1989)


Notes on this edition: First American edition – New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. $18.95.


Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: A HISTORY | OF THE WORLD | IN 10½ CHAPTERS | JULIAN BARNES | [Knopf device] | ALFRED A. KNOPF  New York  1989

Copyright Page: THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK | PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF, INC. | Copyright © 1989 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. | A portion of this book was originally published in The New Yorker. | Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data | Barnes, Julian. | A history of the world in 10½ chapters / Julian Barnes. – 1st ed. | p. cm.  I ISBN 0-394-58061-3 | I. Title. | PR6052.A6657H5  1989 | 823’.914—dc20  89-45266  CIP | Manufactured in the United States of America | FIRST AMERICAN EDITION | Facing page 124: Géricault, The Raft of the Medusa, 1819. | Louvre Museum, Paris | © Réunion des Musées Nationaux.

Collation: 21.2 x 14.4 cm. Untrimmed pages. Pp. [i-xii, 1-2] 3-30 [31-32] 33-58 [59-60] 61-80 [81-82] 83-111 [112-114] 115-139 [140-142] 143-168 [169-170] 171-188 [189-190] 191-220 [221-222] 223-244 [245-246] 247-278 [279-280] 281-307 [308]. [i-iii]: blank. [iv]: ‘ALSO BY JULIAN BARNES | Metroland | Before She Met Me | Flaubert’s Parrot | Staring at the Sun’. [v]: ‘A HISTORY | OF THE WORLD | IN 10½ CHAPTERS’. [vi]: blank. [vii]: title page. [viii]: copyright page. [ix]: ‘to Pat Kavanagh’. [x]: blank. [xi]: contents. [xii]: blank. [1]: ‘I | THE STOWAWAY’. [2]: blank. 3-30: text. [31]: ‘2 | THE VISITORS’. [32]: blank. 33-58: text. [59]: ‘3 | THE WARS OF | RELIGION’. [60]: blank. 61-80: text. [81]: ‘4 | THE SURVIVOR’. [82]: blank. 83-111: text. [112]: blank. [113]: ‘5 | SHIPWRECK’. [114]: blank. 115-139: text. [140]: blank. [141]: ‘6 | THE MOUNTAIN’. [142]: blank. 143-168: text. [169]: ‘7 | THREE SIMPLE | STORIES’. [170]: blank. 171-188: text. [189]: ‘8 | UPSTREAM!’. [190]: blank. 191-220: text. [221]: ‘PARENTHESIS’. [222]: blank. 223-244: text. [245]: ‘9 | PROJECT ARARAT’. [246]: blank. 247-278: text. [279]: ’10 | THE DREAM’. [280]: blank. 281-307: text. [308]: author’s note.

General description: Binding 22 x 15.2 cm. Dark green boards, green quarter binding silver blocked on spine. Embossed author initials ‘JB’ to front board. White endpapers. Géricault image tipped in between pages 124-25. White dust jacket lettered in black (title) and maroon (author) blue (author and quotes on lower panel). Color illustration on upper panel by Tom Sciacca. Photograph of the author by Miriam Berkley located on back flap.

Arthur & George (Alfred A. Knopf, 2006; Book Club Paperback)


Notes on this edition: Arthur & George. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. Pp. 388.

This paperback edition was issued prior to the first Vintage paperback edition. Appears to be a book club edition, though no indication of this appears on the text, outside of a white box with the number “1203201” to the bottom right corner on the back cover. This echoes the same white box with the number “1198165” that appears on the dust jacket of the hardback book club edition. As with that edition, no publication date is indicated on the title page, and the copyright page only lists the original copyright date of 2005. As this paperback features the same artwork as the Alfred A. Knopf hardback book club edition (2006), along with identical blurbs to the back cover.