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.

Nothing to be Frightened of (Jonathan Cape, 2008)


Notes on this edition: First edition – London: Jonathan Cape, 2008. £16.99.

Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: Nothing to | be Frightened of | [decorative rule] | JULIAN BARNES | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | LONDON

Copyright Page: Published by Jonathan Cape 2008 | 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1 | Copyright © Julian Barnes 2008 | 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 a work of non-fiction based on the life, experiences and | recollections of the author. The author has stated to the publishers that the | contents of this book are true. | 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 2008 by | Jonathan Cape | Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, | London SW1V 2SA | www.rbooks.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 9780224085236 | Permissions | ‘Aubade’, ‘Church Going’ and ‘Wants’ from Collected Poems by Philip Larkin | edited by Anthony Thwaite (The Marvell Press & Faber and Faber 2003). | Extracts from Changing Daylight by Eugene O’Kelly (© Eugene O’Kelly 2006) | reproduced by kind permission of McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. | The Random House Group Limited supports The Forest Stewardship | Council (FSC), the leading international forest certification organization. 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.rbooks.co.uk/environment | [FSC logo] | Typeset in Adobe Garamond by Palmpsest Book Production Limited, | Grangemouth, Stirlingshire | Printed and bound in Great Britain by | Clays Ltd, St Ives plc

Collation: 21.3 x 13.7 cm. Pp. [i-vi] 1-250. [i]: ‘Nothing to | be Frightened of | [decorative rule]’. [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 | Non-fiction | LETTERS FROM LONDON 1990–1995 | SOMETHING TO DECLARE | THE PEDANT IN THE KITCHEN | Translation | IN THE LAND OF PAIN | by Alphonse Daudet’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘to P.’. [vi]: blank. 1-250: text.

General description: Binding 22.2 x 14.3 cm. Decorative paper boards suggestive of a photo album with title in red lettering and the author’s name in black on the front cover. Deep maroon endpapers. No dust jacket issued.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Arthur & George (Jonathan Cape, 2005)


Notes on this edition: First edition – London: Jonathan Cape, 2005. £17.99.

Arthur & George was shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize in 2005. The novel was later developed into a three-part British television drama by ITV.

Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: JULIAN BARNES | Arthur & | George | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | LONDON

Copyright Page: Published by Jonathan Cape 2005 | 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1 | Copyright © Julian Barnes 2005 | 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 2005 by | Jonathan Cape | Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, | London SW1V 2SA | Random House Australia (Pty) Limited | 20 Alfred Street, Milsons Point, Sydney, | New South Wales 2061, Australia | Random House New Zealand Limited | 18 Poland Road, Glenfield, | Auckland 10, New Zealand | Random House South Africa (Pty) Limited | Endulini, 5A Jubilee Road, Parktown 2193, South Africa | The Random House Group Limited Reg. No. 954009 | www.randomhouse.co.uk | A CIP catalogue record for this book | is available from the British Library | ISBN 0-224-07703-1 (hardback) | ISBN 0-244-07782-1 (trade paperback) | Papers used by Random House are natural, | recyclable products made from wood grown in sustainable forests; | the manufacturing processes conform to the environmental | regulations of the country of origin | Printed and bound in Great Britain by | Clays Ltd, St Ives plc

Collation: 23.3 x 15.1 cm. Pp. [i-vi, 1-2] 3-46 [47-48] 49-206 [207-208] 209-322 [323-324] 325-357 [358] 359-360 [361-362]. [i]: ‘Arthur & | George’. [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 | Non-fiction | LETTERS FROM LONDON 1990–1995 | SOMETHING TO DECLARE | THE PEDANT IN THE KITCHEN | Translation | IN THE LAND OF PAIN by Alphonse Daudet’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘to P.K.’. [vi]: blank. [1]: ‘ONE | Beginnings’. [2]: blank. 3-46: text. [47]: ‘TWO | Beginning with an Ending’. [48]: blank. 49-206: text. [207]: ‘THREE | Ending with a Beginning’. [208]: blank. 209-322: text. [323]: ‘FOUR | Endings’. [324]: blank. 325-357: text. [358]: blank. 359-360: author’s note. [361-362]: blank.

General description: Binding 24.1 x 16.0 cm. Mustard cloth boards stamped in cream and black to front and spine and black to back. Tan and cream patterned endpapers. No dust jacket, but does include a cream, vertically wrapped band to back cover lettered in light brown. Author photograph by Ellen Warner on inside of band.

Also featured in the images is a fourth printing of the hardback. This printing features a round, white promotional sticker to the front cover stating in black print, “SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2005”.

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.

The Porcupine (Jonathan Cape, 1992)


Notes on this edition: Because Jonathan Cape published Julian Barnes’s novel The Porcupine after Obsidian Press published the Bulgarian translation, this edition is listed as the “First British Edition”.

Descriptive Bibliography: First British edition – London: Jonathan Cape, 1992. £9.99.

Title Page: THE PORCUPINE | JULIAN BARNES | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | LONDON

Copyright Page: First published 1992 | © Julian Barnes 1992 | Jonathan Cape, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA | Julian Barnes has asserted his right | under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988 | to be identified as the author of this work | A CIP catalogue record for this book | is available from the British Library | ISBN 0-224-03618-1 | Printed in Great Britain by | Mackays of Chatham PLC, Chatham, Kent

Collation: 20.2 x 13.9 cm. Pp. [i-vi] 1-138. [i]: ‘THE PORCUPINE’. [ii]: ‘by the same author | METROLAND | BEFORE SHE MET ME | FLAUBERT’S PARROT | STARING AT THE SUN | A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 10½ CHAPTERS | TALKING IT OVER’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘to Dimitrina’. [vi]: blank. 1-138: text.

General description: Binding 20.9 x 14 cm. Burgundy boards, gold blocked on spine. Sky blue endpapers. Burgundy dust jacket lettered in white (author) and sky blue (title). Color photograph of man carrying an umbrella on upper panel. Image is reproduced in smaller dimensions on lower panel.  Jacket photo by Akira Nagamatsu with design by Peter Dyer. White jacket flaps lettered in black. Author photograph by Jillian Edelstein on back flap.

Бодливо свинче (Bodlivo svinche) | The Porcupine (Obsidian Press, 1992; Bulgarian)


Notes on this edition: Obsidian Press published the Bulgarian translation of Julian Barnes’s novel The Porcupine prior to Jonathan Cape’s U.K. edition, thus making it officially the true first edition of the novel.

While in Bulgaria to promote the translation of Flaubert’s Parrot, Barnes met his translator Dimitrina Kondeva, and they soon built a friendship. Barnes wrote to Kondeva for feedback and insights into a new novel he was writing, The Porcupine, which centered on a fictional country similar to Bulgaria. In addition to translating The Porcupine, Kondeva later became Barnes’s Bulgarian publisher at Obsidian Press. She describes and republishes much of her correspondence with Barnes in the collection Julian Barnes: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. [Kondeva, Dimitrina. “The Story of Julian Barnes’s The Porcupine: An Epistolary ½ Chapter.” Eds. Sebastian Groes and Peter Childs. Continuum, 2011. pp. 81-91.]

Barnes scholar Vanessa Guignery has written an insightful account of Barnes’s development of The Porcupine based on an analysis of his correspondence with Kondeva. [Guignery, Vanessa. “Untangling the Intertwined Threads of Fiction and Reality in The Porcupine (1992) by Julian Barnes.” in Pre and Post-publication Itineraries of the Contemporary Novel in English. Publibook, 2007: 49-71.]

Descriptive Bibliography: Бодливо свинче. софия: обсидиан, 1992. (Bodlivo svinche. Sofia: Obsidian Press, 1992). Translated by Dimitrina Kondeva. ISBN: 954-8240-01-7

Title page: Джулиан Барнс | Бодливо | свинче | превод от английски | Димитрина Кондева | издателство | обсидиан | софия | 1992

Copyright page: JULIAN BARNES | THE PORCUPINE | © Julian Barnes 1992 | First published in Bulgaria 1992 | by Obsidian Press, Sofia | [rule] | Превод © Димитрина Кондева | Худ. Оформление © Hиколай Пекарев | ISBN 954-8240-01-7

Collation: Pp. [1-6] 7-17 [18-19] 20-21 [22-23] 24-25 [26-27] 28-29 [30-31] 32-127 [128]. [1]: ‘Джулиан | Барнс | Бодливо | свинче | обсидиан’. [2]: blank. [3]: title page. [4]: copyright page. [5]: ‘Hа Димитрина’. [6]: blank. 7-8: introduction. 9-127: text. [128]: ‘Джулиан Барнс | Бодливо свинче | Английска | [additional text in Cyrillic, as pictured above]’.