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).

“Admirable Positives and Enviable Negatives” | The Red Barn (National Theatre, 2016)


Notes on this publication: In 2016, the National Theatre presented David Hare’s The Red Barn, a play based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon. The programme for the play includes an essay by Julian Barnes titled “Admirable Positives and Enviable Negatives”. The essay is adapted from his essay “Georges Simenon Returns”, first published in The Times Literary Supplement (7 May 2014).

Keeping an Eye Open | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015)


Notes on this edition: Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. Uncorrected proof in teal paper cover, as pictured. Front cover lists the publication date as “9 OCTOBER 2015”, a provisional price of $30.00.