The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford (The Folio Society, 2008; Introduction)


Notes on this edition: Ford, Ford Madox. The Good Soldier. London: The Folio Society, 2008. Pp. xviii, 221. 23 cm. Illustrations by Philip Bannister.

Introduction by Julian Barnes on pages vii-xiv. Hard bound and housed in a slipcase, as issued by The Folio Society.

The Best of Frank O’Connor (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009; Everyman’s Library #321)


Notes on this edition: The Best of Frank O’Connor. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. Pp. xxxviii, 673. 21 cm. ISBN: 9780307269041.

Edited and with an introduction by Julian Barnes pp. ix-xi. Everyman’s Library #321

This particular example also features a review slip from Alfred A. Knopf. The review slip lists the publication date as 11 June 2009, and the provisional price of $26.95.

In the Land of Pain (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002)


Notes on this edition: First American edition – New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. $18.00. Julian Barnes’s English translation of La Doulou by Alphonse Daudet. Also includes an afterwords by Barnes titled ‘A Note on Syphilis’, pp. 82-87. 

Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: In the Land of Pain | ALPHONSE DAUDET | edited and translated by | Julian Barnes | [Knopf device] | Alfred A. Knopf  New York  2002

Copyright Page: THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK | Translation, introduction, and notes copyright © 2002 by | Julian Barnes | All rights reserved under International and Pan-American | Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by | Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc., | New York. Distributed by Random House, Inc., New York. | www.aaknopf.com | This translation originally published in Great Britain by | Jonathan Cape, London, in 2002. This work is based | on the unpublished notes of Alphonse Daudet. | Knopf, Borzoi Books, and the colophon are registered | trademarks of Random House, Inc. | ISBN 0-375-41485-1 | LCCN 2002114929 | Manufactured in the United States of America | First American Edition

Collation: 18.3 x 12.9 cm. Pp. [i-ii, i-iv] v-xv [xvi] [1-2] 3-49 [50-52] 53-87 [88-94]. [i-ii]: blank. [i]: ‘In the Land of Pain’. [ii]: ‘[photo] | Daudet and his wife Julia at Champrosay, c. 1892.’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v-xv]: introduction. [xvi]: blank. [1]: ‘I’. [2]: blank. 3-49: text. [50]: blank. [51]: ‘II’. [52]: blank. 53-87: text. [88]: blank. [89]: ‘Alphonse Daudet was born in Nîmes, France, in 1840. Novelist, play- | wright and journalist, his success came through his novels and stories. | He contracted syphilis at the age of seventeen and died at the age of | fifty-seven. | Julian Barnes is the author of nine novels, a book of stories, and a collection of essays. He is the recipient of the Prix Femina and in 1988 was made an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in London.’. [90]: blank. [91]: ‘A NOTE ON THE TYPE | The text of this book was set in Centaur, the only typeface designed | by Bruce Rogers (1870-1957), the well-known American book designer. | A celebrated penman, Rogers based his design on the roman face cut | by Nicolas Jenson in 1470 for his Eusebius. Jenson’s roman surpassed | all of its forerunners and even today, in modern recuttings, remains one | of the most popular and attractive of all typefaces. The italic used to | accompany Centaur is Arrighi, designed by another American, Frederic | Warde, and based on the chancery face used by Lodovico degli Arrighi | in 1524. | Composed by North Market Street Graphics, | Lancaster, Pennsylvania | Printed and bound by R.R. Donnelley & Sons | Harrisonburg, Virginia’. [92-94]: blank.

General description: Binding 19.2 x 13.5 cm. Brown boards, silver blocked on grey board spine. White endpapers. Colored dust jacket lettered in white features an image of a wasp on a medicinal bottle on the upper panel. Lower panel is brown with a dark brown leaf pattern. Jacket art montage by Suzanne Dean. Jacket design by Abby Weintraub. Afterwords titled ‘A Note on Syphilis’ by Julian Barnes, pp. 82-87.

Simon Leys: Navigator Between Worlds (La Trobe University Press, 2017)


Notes on this edition:  Philippe Paquet. Simon Leys: Navigator Between Worlds. Translated by Julie Rose. Carlton, Australia: La Trobe University Press (in conjunction with Black Inc.), 2017. Pp. 664. ISBN: 9781863959209

Forward by Julian Barnes on pages xi-xiii. Blurb by Julian Barnes also printed on the back of jacket. Barnes’s introduction was also published in The Australian newspaper.

A Book of Mediterranean Food: And Other Writings (Folio Society, 2005; Preface)


Notes on this edition: Elizabeth David. A Book of Mediterranean Food: And Other Writings. London: The Folio Society, 2005. Pp. 265. 26 cm.

Preface by Julian Barnes (ix-xxii). Decorations by John Minton. Watercolors by Sophie MacCarthy

Lucy Mackenzie: Quiet (Nancy Hoffman Gallery, 2015)


Notes on this edition: Lucy Mackenzie: Quiet. New York: Nancy Hoffman Gallery, 2015. ISBN: 9780982407356

This exhibit catalog features an introduction written by Julian Barnes titled, “Lucy Mackenzie: Showing the World in a Particular Light.” The essay runs five pages in length.

For more information about the exhibit or to order a copy of the exhibit catalog, please visit the Nancy Hoffman Gallery website: http://www.nancyhoffmangallery.com/

Flaubert et une gouvernante anglaise: à la recherhe de Juliet Herbert (Publications des Universités de Rouen et du Havre, 2011; Preface)


Notes on this edition: Flaubert et une gouvernante anglaise: à la recherhe de Juliet Herbert. Hermia Oliver. Mont-Saint-Aignan: Publications des Universités de Rouen et du Havre, 2011. Pp. 264. Translated by Gillian Pink.

Preface by Julian Barnes; printed in French (pp. 7-12) and English (pp. 12-16). The French translation of Barnes’s preface by Catriona Seth.

The book Flaubert and an English Governess was originally published in English in 1980 by Oxford University Press.

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”.

Metroland | Archive Edition (Vintage, 2016)


Notes on this edition: Metroland. London: Vintage, 2016. Pp. 203. 22 cm. ISBN: 9781784705916. £9.99.

Special Archive Edition with a new introduction by Julian Barnes. The archive material features letters and reviews pertaining to the novel Metroland:

  • Letter from Sheila McIlwraith at AD Peters Writers’ Agents submitting manuscript to Tom Maschler at Jonathan Cape.
  • First report on the manuscript (initials XH)
  • Second report on the manuscript (initials CC)
  • Letter from Julian Barnes outlining his edits to Liz Calder his editor
  • Deleted scene from the first draft of the manuscript
  • Letter from Julian Barnes to Tony Colwell, the art director responsible for the book jacket
  • Letter from Philip Larkin to Julian Barnes
  • Letter from Dodie Smith to Julian Barnes
  • Reviews

The book’s graphic design is based on London Underground seat fabrics. For more on the design on the Vintage Blog: http://vintagebooksdesign.tumblr.com/post/151283886571/metroland-julianbarnes

Thirty-Seventh Antiquarian Book Fair 1996


Notes on this edition: In 1996, the Grosvenor House in London hosted the Antiquariean Booksellers Association’s Thirty-Seventh Antiquarian Book Fair, and Julian Barnes wrote the introduction to the fair catalog. His essay discusses book collecting and the idealistic notion of “completeness”.

Of the limited number of catalogs published for this occasion, one hundred were signed by Barnes at the end of his introduction. Each signed copy was numbered, as pictured.