Keeping an Eye Open (Random House Canada, 2015)


Notes on this edition: Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art. Toronto: Random House Canada, 2015. Pp. 278. ISBN: 9780345815170

The first Canadian edition of Julian Barnes’s Keeping an Eye Open appears nearly identical to the first American edition, except changes to the publisher information on the title page, copyright page, and jacket that identify this edition as a Random House Canada publication.

Pages are cream, not white, as evidenced by the contrast between page color and the publisher’s device on the title page.

Flauberts Papagei | Flaubert’s Parrot (Haffmans Verlag, 1987; German)


Notes on this edition: Flauberts PapageiFlaubert’s Parrot. Zürich: Haffmans Verlag, 1987. Pp. 277 [1]. Translated by Michael Walter. (German).

Cover illustration by Volker Kriegel.

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 (Odeon, 2007; Czech)


Notes on this edition: Arthur & George. Prague: Odeon, 2007. Pp. 473. 21 cm. Translated by Zora Wolfová. ISBN: 9788020712431. (Czech).

Arthur & George (Random House Canada, 2005)


Notes on this edition: Arthur & George. Toronto: Random House Canada, 2005. Pp. 360. 25 cm. ISBN: 0679314172

First Canadian hardback edition with “deckled” fore edge.

フロベールの鸚鵡 | Flaubert’s Parrot (白水社, 1993; Japanese)


Notes on this edition: フロベールの鸚鵡 | Flaubert’s Parrot (東京: 白水社, 1993. Pp. 294. 18 cm. ISBN: 9784560071021. Series: 白水Uブックス ;102.海外小說の誘惑 (Japanese)

Paper cream cover covered in white dust wrapper.

The Sense of an Ending (Jonathan Cape, 2011)


Notes on this edition: First edition – London: Jonathan Cape, 2011. £12.99.

Winner of The Man Booker Prize in 2011. Jacket design by Suzanne Dean.

Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: JULIAN BARNES | THE SENSE | OF AN ENDING | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | LONDON

Copyright Page: Published by Jonathan Cape 2011 | 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1 | Copyright © Julian Barnes 2011 | Julian Barnes has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and | Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work. | This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of | trade or otherwise, be lent, resold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without | the publisher’s prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that | in which it is published and without a similar condition, including this | condition, being imposed on the subsequent purchaser | This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents | either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, | and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, businesses, | companies, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. | While the author has made every effort to provide accurate telephone numbers | and Internet addresses at the time of publication, neither the publisher nor the | author assumes any responsibility for errors, or for changes that occur after | publication. Further, the publisher does not have any control over and does not | assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their content. | First published in Great Britain in 2011 by | Jonathan Cape | Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, | London SW1V 2SA | www.vintage-books.co.uk | Addresses for companies within The Random House Group Limited can be found at: | www.randomhouse.co.uk/offices.htm | The Random House Group Limited Reg. No. 954009 | A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library | ISBN 9780224094153 | The Random House Group Limited supports The Forest Stewardship Council® | (FSC®), the leading international forest certification organisation. All our titles that are | printed on Greenpeace approved FSC® certified paper carry the FSC® logo. Our | paper procurement policy can be found at: | www.randomhouse.co.uk/environment | [FSC® logo] | Typeset in Bembo by Palimpsest Book Production Limited, | Falkirk, Stirlingshire | | Printed and bound in Great Britain by | Clays Ltd, St Ives plc

Collation: 19.7 x 12.8 cm. Pp. [i-vi, 1-2] 3-56 [57-58] 59-150 [151-154]. [i]: ‘THE SENSE | OF AN ENDING’. [ii]: ‘By the same author | 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 | NON-FICTION | Letters From London 1990–1995 | Something To Declare | The Pedant In The Kitchen | Nothing To Be Frightened Of | TRANSLATION | In The Land Of Pain | by Alphonse Daudet’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘for Pat’. [vi]: blank. [1]: ‘ONE’. [2]: blank. 3-56: text. [57]: ‘TWO’. [58]: blank. 59-150: text. [151-154]: blank.

General description: Binding 20.5 x 13.5 cm. Black cloth boards stamped in gold lettering to spine. Black endpapers. Fore-edge dyed black. Back flap of dust jacket features an author photograph by Alan Edwards.

Metroland (The Book Club, 1980)


Notes on this edition: First Book Club edition – London: The Book Club, 1980. This Foyles Book Club edition uses the same text block as the Jonathan Cape first edition, but is printed on taller pages. Upon examination of multiple copies, the dust jacket spine frequently turns color over time, as pictured. 

Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: METROLAND | Julian Barnes | THE BOOK CLUB | LONDON

Copyright Page: The Book Club | 125 Charing Cross Road | London WC2H 0EB | Copyright © Julian Barnes | First published in Great Britain 1980 | This edition 1980 by arrangement with Jonathan Cape Ltd | Printed and bound in Great Britain by | Biddles Ltd, Guildford and King’s Lynn

Collation: 21.5 x 13.7 cm. Pp. [1-10] 11-72 [73-74] 75-130 [131-132] 133-176. [1]: ‘METROLAND’. [2]: blank. [3]: title page. [4]: copyright page. [5]-176: as in the first Jonathan Cape edition.

General description: Binding 22.5 x 14.5 cm. Red boards, gold blocked on spine. White end-papers. Tan dust jacket with pastoral scene on front and no author photograph. Jacket states: ‘This edition available exclusively to members of Foyles Book Clubs’. 

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Jonathan Cape, 1989)


Notes on this edition: First edition – London: Jonathan Cape, 1989. £11.95. Print run: 13,000.

Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: A HISTORY OF | THE WORLD | IN 10½ CHAPTERS | Julian Barnes | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | THIRTY-TWO BEDFORD SQUARE | LONDON

Copyright Page: First published 1989 | © Julian Barnes 1989 | Jonathan Cape Ltd, 32 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3SG | Facing page 124: Géricault, The Raft of the Medusa, 1819 | Louvre Museum, Paris  © Réunion des Musées Nationaux | A CIP catalogue record for this book | is available from the British Library | ISBN 0-224-02669-0 | Photoset in Great Britain by | Rowland Phototypesetting Ltd | Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk | Printed by Mackays of Chatham PLC | Chatham, Kent

Collation: 21.5 x 13.7 cm. Pp. [i-viii, 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] 191-222 [223-224] 225-246 [247-248] 249-280 [281-282] 283-309 [310-312]. [i]: ‘A HISTORY OF | THE WORLD | IN 10½ CHAPTERS’. [ii]: ‘by the same author | METROLAND | BEFORE SHE MET ME | FLAUBERT’S PARROT | STARING AT THE SUN’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘to Pat Kavanagh’. [vi]: blank. [vii]: contents. [viii]: 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. 191-222: text. [223]: ‘PARENTHESIS’. [224]: blank. 225-246: text. [247]: ‘9 | PROJECT ARARAT’. [248]: blank. 249-280: text. [281]: ’10 | THE DREAM’. [282]: blank. 283-309: text. [310]: blank. [311]: author’s note. [312]: blank.

General description: Binding 22.2 x 14 cm. Dark blue boards, gold blocked on spine. Tan endpapers. Géricault image tipped in between pages 124-25. Blue dust jacket lettered in white. Color jacket illustration. White jacket flaps lettered in black. Author photograph by Ross MacGibbon on back flap.