The Truth about Dogs by Volker Kriegel (Bloomsbury, 1988)


Notes on this edition: First edition – Volker Kriegel. The Truth about Dogs. London: Bloomsbury, 1988. £4.95. Originally published as Kriegels Kleine Hunde-Kunde by Volker Kriegel. Translated and with an introduction by Julian Barnes. 

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Title Page: THE TRUTH ABOUT | DOGS | Volker Kriegel | Translated and introduced by | Julian Barnes | [cartoon by Kriegel] | BLOOMSBURY

Copyright Page: First published in Great Britain 1988 | Originally published under the title Kriegels Kleine | Hunde-Kunde by Haffmans Verlag | Copyright © 1986 by Haffmans Verlag | Introduction and translation © 1988 | by Julian Barnes | Guist dog on page 1 drawn by Tatjana Hauptmann | Bloomsbury Publishing Limited, | 2 Soho Square, London W1V 5DE | British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data | Kriegel, Volker | The truth about dogs. | 1. German humorous cartoons—Collection | from individual artists | 1. Title | 741.5’943 | ISBN 0 7475 0232 3 | Printed in Great Britain by | Butler & Tanner Limited, Frome

Collation: 15.4 x 9.2 cm. Pp. [1-6] 7-121 [122-128]. [1]: ‘The Truth About Dogs | [drawing of dog]’. [2]: blank. [3]: title page. [4]: copyright page. [5]: ‘For Ev | but also for Juli, Nico, Joles | and all the others’.  [6]: [drawing of dog]. 7-10: [introduction by Julian Barnes]. 11-121: text. [122-128]: blank.

General description: Binding 16 x 9.7 cm. Yellow boards, gold blocked on spine. White endpapers. Cream dust jacket lettered in black and yellow. Upper panel of jacket features a black and blue illustration of a dog crying at a full moon with ‘BLOOMSBURY’ across bottom

Conversaciones con Aristóteles by Jonathan Barnes (Ediciones Oniro, 2008; Spanish)


Notes on this edition: Barnes, Jonathan. Conversaciones con Aristóteles. Barcelona: Ediciones Oniro, 2008. Translated by Gemma Gallart. 171 p. 15 cm. ISBN: 9788497543439. Foreword by Julian Barnes (pp. 9-13).

The Spanish edition of Jonathan Barnes’s fictional conversation with Aristotle includes a translation of Julian Barnes’s foreword included in the English edition.

Auf einen Kaffee mit Aristoteles by Jonathan Barnes (Deutscher Taschenbuch, 2010; German)


Notes on this edition: Barnes, Jonathan. Auf einen Kaffee mit Aristoteles. (Deutscher Taschenbuch, 2010). Translated by Mara-Daria Cojocaru. 124 p. 14 cm. ISBN: 9783423345927. Foreword by Julian Barnes (pp. 7-10).

The German edition of Jonathan Barnes’s fictional conversation with Aristotle includes a translation of Julian Barnes’s foreword included in the English edition.

Coffee with Aristotle by Jonathan Barnes (Duncan Baird, 2008; Foreword)


Notes on this edition: Barnes, Jonathan. Coffee with Aristotle. London: Duncan Baird, 2008. 144 p. 15 cm. ISBN: 9781844836109; Foreword by Julian Barnes  (pp. 6-9).

The Coffee with … series features fictional conversations between noted scholars and the subjects of their studies — authors, philosophers, artists, etc. Aristotle scholar Jonathan Barnes authored this edition, and his brother Julian Barnes wrote the introduction. At the end of the introduction, the publisher has included a facsimile signature of the author, as pictured.

Dictionary of Received Ideas (Syrens, 1994; Preface)


Notes on this edition: Flaubert, Gustave. The Dictionary of Received Ideas. London: Syrens, 1994. Translated by Geoffrey Wall. Preface by Julian Barnes (pp. v-xi).

Syrens is a division of Penguin books, and they released this small, thin paperback edition of Flaubert’s The Dictionary of Received Ideas in 1994. They Syrens series included several titles of note, including James Fenton’s slim publication On Statues (1995) and Proust’s On Reading (1995).

For the Flaubert edition, Julian Barnes provides a preface in the format of a dictionary with one entry per letter. This format resembles (but is entirely different in content from) the dictionary chapter in his novel Flaubert’s Parrot.