A Life with Books (Jonathan Cape, 2012)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. A Life with Books. London: Jonathan Cape, 2012. Pp. 27 + [1]. 15 x 11 cm. ISBN: 9780224097260. £1.99.

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: Julian Barnes. The Pedant in the Kitchen. London: Atlantic, 2004. Pp. 136. 19.6 x  12.9 cm. ISBN: 9781843542407. Includes color illustrations by Joe Berger.

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


Below is the third printing of the Atlantic paperback edition:

Through the Window (Vintage International, 2012)


Notes on this edition: First edition – Julian Barnes. Through the Window: Seventeen Essays and a Short Story. New York: Vintage International, 2012. Pp. 243 + [3]. 20.2 x 13.1 cm. $15.95. Included in this example is a promotional flyer to promote the book’s publication. ISBN: 9780345805508.

Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: THROUGH THE WINDOW | Julian Barnes | VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL | Vintage Books | A Division of Random House, Inc. | New York

Copyright Page: [Vintage Logo] | FIRST VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL EDITION, OCTOBER 2012 | Copyright © 2012 by Julian Barnes | All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Vintage Books, a | division of Random House, Inc., New York. Originally published | in Great Britain separately in paperback as Through the Window by | Vintage Books UK, an imprint of the Random House Group Limited, | London, in 2012, and as A Life with Books by Jonathan Cape, an imprint | of the Random House Group Limited, London, in 2012. | Vintage is a registered trademark and Vintage International and | colophon are trademarks of Random House, Inc. | The short story “Homage to Hemingway” is a work of fiction. Names, | characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s | imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, | living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. | Grateful acknowledgement is made to the following for permission to | reprint previously published (and unpublished) material: | Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.: Excerpt from the | section “The Author Observes His Birthday, 2005” from “Endpoint” | from Endpoint and Other Poems by John Updike, copyright © 2009 by | The Estate of John Updike. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, | a division of Random House, Inc. | A. P. Watt Ltd.: Excerpts from Kipling’s diaries. Used by permission of | A. P. Watt Ltd. on behalf of The National Trust for Places of Historic | Interest or Natural Beauty. | The Cataloging-in-Publication Data is on file at the Library of Congress. | Vintage ISBN: 978-0-345-80550-8 | www.vintagebooks.com | Printed in the United States of America | 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Collation: 20.2 x 13.1 cm. Pp. [-iv]-[ix] x-xix [xxi-xxii] [1] 2-14 [15] 16-25 [26] 27-40 [41] 42-50 [51] 52-63 [64] 65-76 [77] 78-89 [90] 91-100 [101] 102-109 [110] 111-122 [123] 124-134 [135] 136-145 [146] 147-163 [164] 165-174 [175] 176-192 [193] 194-197 [198] 199-208 [209] 210-214 [215] 216-227 [228-231] 232-243 [244-246]. [-iv]: ‘Julian Barnes | THROUGH THE WINDOW | Julian Barnes is the author of eleven novels, three | books of short stories, and three collections of | journalism. In addition to the Booker Prize, his | other honors include the Somerset Maugham | Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and | the E. M. Forster Award from the American | Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in London. | www.julianbarnes.com | [Vintage International logo]’. [-iii]: blank. [-ii]: ‘ALSO BY JULIAN BARNES | 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 | NONFICTION | Nothing to Be Frightened Of | Letters from London, 1990–1995 | Something to Declare | The Pedant in the Kitchen | TRANSLATION | In the Land of Pain by Alphonse Daudet’. [-i]: blank. [i]:’THROUGH THE WINDOW’. [ii]: blank. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘FOR PAT’. [vi]: blank. [vii]: ‘CONTENTS | PREFACE: A LIFE WITH BOOKS IX | The Deceptiveness of Penelope Fitzgerald 1 | The “Unpoetical” Clough 15 | George Orwell and the Fucking Elephant 26 | Ford’s The Good Soldier 41 | Ford and Provence 51 | Ford’s Anglican Saint 64 | Kipling’s France 77 | France’s Kipling 90 | The Wisdom of Chamfort 101 | The Man Who Saved Old France 110 | The Profile of Félix Fénéon 123 | Michel Houellebecq and the Sin of Despair 135 | Translating Madame Bovary 146’. [viii]: ‘Wharton’s The Reef 164 | Homage to Hemingway: a Short Story 175 | Lorrie Moore Takes Wing 193 | Remembering Updike, Remembering Rabbit 198 | Regulating Sorrow 215 | Acknowledgements 229 | Index 231’. [ix]-xix: [PREFACE: A LIFE WITH BOOKS]. [xx]: blank. [xxi]: ‘THROUGH THE WINDOW’. [xxii]: blank. [1]-243: text. [244]: blank. [245-246]: ‘ALSO BY JULIAN BARNES’.

General description: Binding 20.2 x 13.1 cm. Blue paper covers with illustration to the front. Text in yellow and white with author photograph by Alan Edwards to the back cover. Cover design by Megan Wilson. Textblock is trimmed smooth.


Contents include:

A Life with Books
The Deceptiveness of Penelope Fitzgerald
The ‘Unpoetical’ Clough
George Orwell and the Fucking Elephant
Ford’s The Good Soldier
Ford and Provence
Ford’s Anglican Saint
Kipling’s France
France’s Kipling
The Wisdom of Chamfort
The Man Who Saved Old France
The Profile of Félix Fénéon
Michel Houellebecq and the Sin of Despair
Translating Madame Bovary
Wharton’s The Reef
Homage to Hemingway: a Short Story
Lorrie Moore Takes Wing
Remembering Updike, Remembering Rabbit
Regulating Sorrow

 

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


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Uit het raam: essays | Through the Window: Seventeen Essays (and one short story). Amsterdam: Atlas Contact, 2012. Pp. 286 [287] + [1] . 21 x 13.4 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.

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

Visit the Atlas website: http://www.atlascontact.nl/auteur/julian-barnes/

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: Julian Barnes. Something to Declare: Essays on France and French Culture. New York: Vintage International, 2003. Pp. 295 + [3]. 20.3 x 13.1 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: Julian Barnes. Un homme dans sa cuisine | The Pedant in the Kitchen. Paris: Mercure de France, 2005. Pp. 153 [154] + [6]. 18.5 x 11.7 cm. 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: Julian Barnes. Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. Pp. 278. 21.6 x 17.2 cm.

Uncorrected proof in teal paper cover, as pictured. Front cover lists the publication date as “9 OCTOBER 2015”, a provisional price of $30.00.

Paeans for Porter | Numbered Edition (Bridgewater Press, 1999)


Notes on this edition: Paeans for Porter: A Celebration for Peter Porter on His Seventieth Birthday by Twenty of His Friends. Edited by Anthony Thwaite. London: Bridgewater Press, 1999. Pp. 77 + [1]. 22.2 x 14.3 cm.

Julian Barnes contributes a piece titled “Postcard to Peter Porter” (Pp. 16-19) for this collection in honor of the poet Peter Porter. Other contributors include: Martin Amis, Alan Brownjohn, Geoffrey Burgon, Wendy Cope, Allen Curnow, Ian Duhig, D. J. Enright, U. A. Fanthorpe, Barry Humphries, Clive James, David Malouf, Les Murray, Sean O’Brien, C K. Stead, George Szirtes, Ann Thwaite, Anthony Thwaite, William Trevor, and Kit Wright.

The limitation page indicates Bridgewater Press issued three editions of this book, as follows:

“This book is published in an edition of 113 copies on Archival Parchment paper. Seventy-five copies, numbered 1-75, are bound in Ratchford Atlantic cloth. Twenty-six copies signed by the contributors, lettered A-Z, are bound in quarter cloth and marbled paper boards. Twelve copies signed by the contributors, numbered I-XII, are bound in quarter Library Calf.”

Note: The title page and the top of Julian Barnes’s entry, as pictured, have been altered to remove personal inscriptions from the publisher and Barnes to the book’s owner.