Talking It Over | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 1991)


Notes on this edition: Talking It Over. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. Uncorrected proof in light blue paper covers. As a promotional item, Knopf produced a separate, white proof signed by Julian Barnes that was housed in a black paper “box sleeve”. The proof presented here is the standard proof that precedes the special proof.

Shown in the photos are three versions of the uncorrected proof. The first is a standard copy without markings. Another is the printer’s or “Press Copy”, which features printing information on the cover and text block indicating the color of paper to be used while printing the proofs. Written on the text block in ballpoint ink is “50 wh. | Blue Regular | Train”, suggesting the color that should be used for the paper covers. On the paper cover is written, “press copy | 91-778 | choo choo”, the “choo choo” suggesting “Train”, as written on the text block. In addition, the date on which the proofs were printed is written on the spine as “5-8-91”.

The third version presented here is a copy prepared for distribution to reviewers. The original provisional publication date and price have been covered over with a white slip of paper taped to the cover. In addition, three pages of advertisements have been stapled to the inside front cover.

Pulse | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011)


Notes on this edition: Pulse. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Uncorrected Proof in red paper wrappers with provisional publication data printed to the front cover.

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


Notes on this edition: Nothing to Be Frightened Of. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.  Uncorrected Proof of the American edition bound in pale grey paper cover with black lettering. Provisional publication date set for “5 September 2008” with a list price of $24. Loosely inserted are two promotional items: one blue sheet of paper with blurbs from British press and a stapled copy of a profile/interview with Julian Barnes by Kate Summerscale.

Levels of Life | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013)


Notes on this edition: Levels of Life. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. Uncorrected Proof of the American edition bound in pale yellow paper cover with black lettering. Provisional publication date set for “26 September 2013” with a list price of $22.95.

Something to Declare | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002)


Notes on this edition: Something to Declare. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.  Uncorrected Proof in blue paper wraps. Preliminary publication information printed in black to the front cover. Scheduled publication set for 7 October 2002 at a price of “$25”.

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


Notes on this edition: A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. Pp. 309.

Uncorrected Proof in blue paper covers. Cover features a white paper slip taped to front that states: “TENTATIVE PUBLICATION DATE: 9 OCTOBER 1989 | TENTATIVE PRICE: $18.95 | WITH A FULL-COLOR FOLDOUT ILLUSTRATION”.

Stapled to the inside front cover are two pages of promotional material for Julian Barnes’s earlier novels, Flaubert’s Parrot and Staring at the Sun.

This copy was used by a reviewer, so contains underlining and written annotations throughout, including the line “It’s as if | you knew | I’d come | to say | gb” to the back cover. Inscribed by the author to the title page [the inscription dedication has been digitally removed].

The Lemon Table | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004)


Notes on this edition: The Lemon Table. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.  Uncorrected Proof of the first U.S. edition. Paper cover in cream with provisional dust jacket art shown on the first preliminary page. This copy signed by the author.

Arthur & George | Book Club Edition (Alfred A. Knopf, 2006)


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

The hardback book club edition of Julian Barnes’s Arthur & George looks very similar to the First American Edition, but the book club edition is considerably smaller, has no price indicated on the inside front flap, has a smooth/cut fore edge, and features a book club number on the back cover near the altered, white ISBN box (comparison images included). Other small differences are not noted here.

Arthur & George (Alfred A. Knopf, 2006)


Notes on this edition: Arthur & George. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. Pp. 385. 25 cm. ISBN: 030726310x. $24.95.

First American edition of Julian Barnes’s novel Arthur & George. Jacket design by Peter Mendelsund and Carol Devine Carson. The fore edge of the text block is rough cut with a “deckle edge”.

This copy signed on Feburary 11, 2006, during his U.S. promotional tour.

Arthur & George | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 2005; Blue Wraps)


Notes on this edition: Arthur & George. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. Uncorrected Proof in blue wraps distributed selectively prior to publication. This proof varies from the Alfred A. Knopf “Advance Reader’s Edition” with decorative wrappers distributed to reviewers. Title page states “2006”, but listed here as printed in 2005, because the hardback edition this proof promotes was published in January 2006, and this edition preceded the hardback.

Cover in blue with black lettering. Front cover states: “Julian Barnes | His New Novel | Arthur & George | Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction 2005 | ALFRED A. KNOPF [publisher’s device] PUBLISHERS, NEW YORK | · PUBLICATION DATE  16 January 2006    · PRICE $24.95 | ANNOUNCED FIRST PRINTING: 100,000 COPIES | [line rule] | THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED PROOF | It should not be quoted without comparison with the finished book | FOR MORE INFORMATION: 212-572-2104 | knopfpublicity@randomhouse.com

Back cover lists cities for an author tour, but the locations subsequently changed prior to the finalized itinerary.