Treasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums (Economist Books, 2016)


Notes on this edition: Barnes, Julian. “Where Sibelius Fell Silent.” Treasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums. Edited by Maggie Fergusson. London: Economist Books, 2016. Pp. 145-151. ISBN: 9781781256909.

Julian Barnes’s essay on visiting Sibelius’s home was originally published in More Intelligent Life (January/February 2012). The essay now resides on the 1843 Magazine website, which is published by The Economist. The book featured contains Barnes’s essay along with essays by Roddy Doyle, Margaret Drabble, Don Paterson, Ali Smith, Ann Patchett, Alan Hollinghurst, Andrew Motion, William Boyd, and numerous others.

Keeping an Eye Open (Jonathan Cape, 2015)


Notes on this edition: Jonathan Cape published Julian Barnes’s collection of art essays Keeping an Eye Open in 2015. On the “Acknowledgements” page, Barnes states (in part), “This book owes its existence to the encouragement of my friend and Danish publisher Claus Clausen. When he first suggested bringing out a collection of my art essays, I thought he was joking; when he repeated the offer, I thought he was still just being polite. He convinced me otherwise, and twelve of these pieces appeared as Som jeg ser dat (Tiderne Skifter, 2011).”

Descriptive Bibliography: First edition – London: Jonathan Cape, 2015. £16.99. Paper cover with French flaps.

Title Page: KEEPING AN EYE OPEN | ESSAYS ON ART | Julian Barnes | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | LONDON

Copyright Page: Published by Jonathan Cape 2015 | 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1 | Copyright © Julian Barnes 2015 | 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 | First published in Great Britain in 2015 by | Jonathan Cape | 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, | London SW1V 2SA | www.vintage-books.co.uk | global.penguinrandomhouse.com | A CIP catalogue record for this book is | available from the British Library | ISBN 9780224102018 | The Random House Group Limited supports The Forest | Stewardship Council (FSC®), the leading international forest | certification organisation. Our books carrying the FSC label are printed | on FSC® certified paper. FSC is the only forest certification scheme | endorsed by the leading environmental organisations, including | Greenpeace. Our paper procurement policy can be found at: | www.randomhouse.co.uk/environment | Printed and bound in China by C&C Offset Printing Co., Ltd

Collation: 23.4 x 15.2 cm. Pp. [i-viii] 1-2 [3] 4-24 [25] 26-28 [29] 30 [31] 32-44 [45] 46-50 [51] 52-54 [55] 56 [57] 58-59 [60] 61-62 [63] 64-70 [71] 72-77 [78] 79-83 [84] 85 [86] 87-90 [91] 92-95 [96] 97-100 [101] 102-103 [104] 105-108 [109] 110 [111] 112-116 [117] 118 [119] 120 [121] 122-126 [127] 128-130 [131] 132-133 [134] 135-139 [140] 141-142 [143] 144-149 [150] 151-153 [154] 155-157 [158] 159-161 [162] 163-173 [174] 175-178 [179] 180-181 [182] 183-187 [188] 189-193 [194] 195-204 [205] 206-210 [211] 212 [213] 214-217 [218] 219-220 [221] 222-227 [228-229] 230 [231] 232 [233] 234-237 [238] 239-245 [246] 247 [248] 249-256 [257] 258-262 [263] 264 [265] 266-268 [269] 270-276 [277-280]. [i]: ‘KEEPING AN EYE OPEN’. [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 | 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 | TRANSLATION | In The Land Of Pain | by Alphonse Daudet’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v-vi]: [Table of Contents]. [vii] ‘FOR PAT’. [vi]. [viii]: blank. 1-2: text. [3]: [image with caption: ‘Quimperlé (Finistère): Le Pont fleuri’]. 4-24: text. [25]: [image with caption: ‘Scene of Cannibalism on the Raft of the Medusa by Géricault’]. 26-28: text. [29]: [image with caption: ‘The Raft of the Medusa by Géricult | Detail showing men waving at the ship’]. 30: text. [31]: [image with caption: ‘The Raft of the Medusa by Géricault | Detail of the man with the grey beard’]. 32-44: text. [45]: [image with caption: ‘The Raft of the Medusa by Géricault | Detail showing prone figure modelled by Delacroix’’]. 46-50: text. [51]: [image with caption: ‘Homage to Delacroix by Fantin-Latour | Detail showing, from left, Whistler, the novelist Champfleury, Manet’]. 52-54: text. [55]: [image with caption: ‘An unmade Bed by Delacroix’]. 56: text. [57]: [image with caption: ‘The Mediterranean by Courbet’]. 58-59: text. [60]: [image with caption: ‘The Meeting (detail) by Courbet’]. 61-62: text. [63]: [image with caption: ‘The Artist’s Studio (detail) by Courbet’]. 64-70: text. [71]: [image with caption: ‘A Studio at Les Batignolles by Fantin-Latour | Detail showing Manet (at easel), Renoir (in the picture frame), and Monet (far right)’]. 72-77: text. [78]: [image with caption: ‘The Bouquet of Lilacs by Manet’]. 79-8: text.3 [84]: [image with caption: ‘The Execution of Maximilian (detail) by Manet’]. 85: text. [86]: [image with caption: ‘The Execution of Maximilian by Manet | Detail of the NCO cocking his rifle from the painting in London (left) | and the version in Mannheim (right)’]. 87-90: text. [91]: [image with caption: ‘A Corner of the Table by Fantin-Latour | Detail showing (from left) Verlaine, Rimbaud and Léon Valade’]. 92-95: text. [96]: [image with caption: ‘Homage to Delacroix by Fantin-Latour | Detail showing Fantin-Latour’]. 97-100: text. [101]: [image with caption: ‘The Dubourg Family by Fantin-Latour’]. 102-103: text. [104]: [image with caption: ‘Homage to Cézanne by Denis | Detail showing (from left) the painters Redon and Vuillard, | and the art critic André Mellario’]. 105-108: text. [109]: [image with caption: ‘The Card Players by Cézanne’]. 110: text. [111]: [image with caption: ‘Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair by Cézanne’]. 112-116: text. [117]: [image with caption: ‘Apotheosis of Degas by Edgar Degas and Walter Barnes’]. 118: text. [119]: [image with caption: ‘Combing the Hair by Degas’]. 120: text. [121]: [image with caption: ‘The Dance Lesson (detail) by Degas’]. 122-126: text. [127]: [image with caption: ‘Madame Camille Redon Reading by Redon’]. 128-130: text. [131]: [image with caption: ‘Chimera (Fantastic Monster) by Redon’]. 132-133: text. [134]: [image with caption: ‘The Cyclops by Redon’]. 135-139: text. [140]: [image with caption: ‘The Anabaptists: Pierre Bonnard by Vuillard’]. 141-142: text. [143]: [image with caption: ‘Nude in the Bath by Bonnard’]. 144-149: text. [150]: [image with caption: ‘A Corner of the Table by Bonnard’]. 151-153: text. [154]: [image with caption: ‘Woman Sweeping by Vuillard’]. 155-157: text. [158]: [image with caption: ‘The Nape of Misia’s Neck by Vuillard’]. 159-161: text. [162]: [image with caption: ‘The Chat by Vuillard’]. 163-173: text. [174]: [image with caption: ‘The Lie by Vallotton’]. 175-178: text. [179]: [image with caption: ‘The Five Painters by Vallotton | Detail showing Vallotton (standing), Bonnard (left) and Vuillard’]. 180-181: text. [182]: [image with caption: ‘Money by Vallotton’]. 183-187: text. [188]: [image with caption: ‘The Pond (Honfleur) by Vallotton’]. 189-193: text. [194]: [image with caption: ‘Les usines de Rio Tinto à l’Etaque by Braque’]. 195-204: text. [205]: [image with caption: ‘George Braque, artist, and his wife Augustine, Paris, 27th January, 1959 | by Richard Avedon’]. 206-210: text. [211]: [image with caption: ‘Les Affinités Electives by Magritte’]. 212: text. [213]: [image with caption: ‘La Clairvoyance by Magritte’]. 214-217: text. [218]: [image with caption: ‘Proposed Colossal Monument for Central Park North, N.Y.C. – Teddy Bear | by Oldenburg’]. 219-220: text. [221]: [image with caption: ‘Giant Soft Fan by Oldenburg’]. 222-227: text. [228]: [image with caption: ‘Dead Dad by Mueck’]. [229]: [image with caption: ‘Vénus ataxique by Richer’].230: text. [231]: [image with caption: ‘The Head of an Englishman’]. 232: text. [233]: [image with caption: ‘The Hand of a Giant from Barnum’s Circus’]. 234-237: text. [238]: [image with caption: ‘Artist in his Studio by Rembrandt’]. 239-245: text. [246]: [image with caption: ‘Hotel Bedroom by Freud | Detail showing Caroline Blackwood’]. 247: text. [248]: [image with caption: ‘The Painter Surprised by a Naked Admirer (detail) by Freud’]. 249-256: text. [257]: [image with caption: ‘Two Japanese Wrestlers by a Sink by Freud’]. 258-262: text. [263]: [image with caption: ‘Alpine Snow by Hodgkin’]. 264: text. [265]: [image with caption: ‘After Degas by Hodgkin’]. 266-268: text. [269]: [image with caption: ‘Lovers by Hodgkin’]. 270-276: text. [277-280]: [blank].

General description: Paper covers designed by Suzanne Dean using various artworks. Cover: Alpine Snow by Howard Hodgkin; Front Flap: The Dance Lesson by Edgar Degas; Spine: The Artist’s Studio by Gustave Courbet; Back Cover: The Lie by Félix Vallotton; Back Flap: The Execution of Maximilian by Édouard Manet. Inside of the front and back of the paper cover features an image of paint brushes, as shown. Back flap of dust jacket features an author photograph by Alan Edwards.

Nothing to be Frightened of (Vintage Books, 2009)


Notes on this edition: Nothing to be Frightened of. London: Vintage Books, 2009. ISBN: 9780099523741.

First Vintage paperback edition for the U.K. market. Cover design by Suzanne Dean. This copy features to its front cover a round promotional sticker with a blurb from the Daily Telegraph.

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.

A Life with Books (Jonathan Cape, 2012)


Notes on this edition: A Life with Books. London: Jonathan Cape, 2012. Pp. 27. 15 cm x 11 cm. £1.99. ISBN: 9780224097260

Published by Jonathan Cape to celebrate Independent Booksellers Week ( 30 June-7 July 2012). It was sold exclusively in independent bookshops. Proceeds from the sale of this pamphlet were donated to Freedom from Torture: The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture.

Bound in cream paper wraps with red and black lettering. The author and title of the book are embossed, as pictured. The exact number of copies published is estimated by the author to be around 17,000.

The essay was also published in The Guardian.

The Pedant in the Kitchen (Atlantic, 2004)


Notes on this edition: The Pedant in the Kitchen. London: Atlantic, 2004. Pp. 144. 19 cm. ISBN: 9781843542407. Includes color illustrations by Joe Berger.

First paperback edition. The essays in this collection originally appeared in The Guardian.

Uit het raam: essays | Through the Window (Atlas Contact, 2012; Dutch)


Notes on this edition: Uit het raam: essays | Through the Window: Seventeen Essays (and one short story). Amsterdam: Atlas Contact, 2012. Pp. 288. 21 cm. ISBN: 9789045019314. (Dutch).

Atlas Contact published the Dutch edition of Through the Window approximately two months prior to the first British edition, making the Dutch edition the first printed appearance of the collection.

In the pictured specimen, the title page has been altered to remove a lengthy, personal inscription.

Amours de voyage by Arthur Hugh Clough (Persephone Books, 2009; Preface)


Notes on this edition: Amours de voyage by Arthur Hugh Clough. Preface by Julian Barnes. London: Persephone Books, 2009. Pp. xxxii, 91. 20 cm. ISBN: 9781903155721. £10.00.

Julian Barnes’s preface runs from v to xvii. It was later reprinted in Through the Window: Seventeen Essays (and one short story) as “The ‘Unpoetical’ Clough”.

Copyright page states “Persephone Book Nº 82”.

Something to Declare (Vintage International, 2003)


Notes on this edition: Something to Declare: Essays on France and French Culture. New York: Vintage International, 2003. Pp. 295. 21 cm. ISBN: 1400030870

This title was originally published as a paperback in the U.K. by Picador and in hardback in the U.S. by Alfred A. Knopf. This edition is the first U.S. paperback. The copyright page incorrectly states the book was “published in hardcover in Great Britain by Picador, London”, whereas the cover is actually made of stiff card. The copyright page also lists the specific publication date as “September 2003”.

Un homme dans sa cuisine | The Pedant in the Kitchen (Mercure de France, 2005; French)


Notes on this edition: Un homme dans sa cuisine | The Pedant in the Kitchen. Paris: Mercure de France, 2005. Pp. 153. Translated by Josette Chicheportiche. ISBN:  9782715225084 (French).