Talking It Over | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 1991)

Notes on this edition: Talking It Over. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. Uncorrected proof in light blue paper covers. As a promotional item, Knopf produced a separate, white proof signed by Julian Barnes that was housed in a black paper “box sleeve”. The proof presented here is the standard proof that precedes the special proof.

Shown in the photos are three versions of the uncorrected proof. The first is a standard copy without markings. Another is the printer’s or “Press Copy”, which features printing information on the cover and text block indicating the color of paper to be used while printing the proofs. Written on the text block in ballpoint ink is “50 wh. | Blue Regular | Train”, suggesting the color that should be used for the paper covers. On the paper cover is written, “press copy | 91-778 | choo choo”, the “choo choo” suggesting “Train”, as written on the text block. In addition, the date on which the proofs were printed is written on the spine as “5-8-91”.

The third version presented here is a copy prepared for distribution to reviewers. The original provisional publication date and price have been covered over with a white slip of paper taped to the cover. In addition, three pages of advertisements have been stapled to the inside front cover.

Duffy (Pantheon Books, 1986)

Notes on this edition: Duffy. New York: Pantheon Books, 1986. $3.95. First American edition in paper covers.

Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: Duffy | Dan Kavanagh | [Pantheon ornament] | PANTHEON BOOKS | NEW YORK

Copyright Page: Copyright © 1980 by Dan Kavanagh. | All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright | Conventions. Published in the United States by Pantheon Books, a divi- | sion of Random House, Inc., New York. Hardcover edition originally | published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape Ltd., London, in 1980. | Manufactured in the United States of America | First Pantheon Paperback Edition

Collation: 17.5 x 10.5 cm. Pp. [i-ii, 1-6] 7-180 [181-190]. [i-ii]: blank. [1]: ‘Duffy’. [2]: ‘BY THE SAME AUTHOR | Fiddle City’. [3]: title page. [4]: copyright page. [5]: ‘To Pat Kavanagh’. [6]: blank. 7-180: text. [181]: text. [182]: blank. [183]: ‘ABOUT THE AUTHOR | DAN KAVANAGH was born in County Sligo in 1946. | Having devoted his adolescence to truancy, venery | and petty theft, he left home at seventeen and | signed on as a deckhand on a Liberian tanker. After | jumping ship at Montevideo, he roamed across the | Americas taking a variety of jobs: he was a steer- | wrestler, a waiter-on-roller-skates at a drive-in eat- | ery in Tucson, and a bouncer in a gay bar in San | Francisco. He is currently working in London at | jobs he declines to specify, and lives in North | Islington. He is also the author of Fiddle City.’. [184]: blank. [185-187]: advertisements. [188-190]: blank.

General description: Binding 17.5 x 10.5 cm. Paperbound in white.  Lettered in pink (title) and white (author), with cover design by Louise Fili.  No hardback edition was published in the U.S., which makes this paperback release the first true American edition.

“Vigilance” | TLS Stories (Times Literary Supplement, 2003)

Notes on this edition: “Vigilance”. TLS Stories. Edited and with an Introduction by Lindsay Duguid. London: Times Literary Supplement, 2003. Pp. 171. 18 cm. ISBN: 9781841221625.

In 2003, the TLS published this collection as a promotional item for subscribers. Julian Barnes’s short story “Vigilance” is published on pages 8-20. Other authors featured in the collection include:

  • “Babushka in the Blue Bus”  by Shena Mackay
  • “The Red-Haired Girl” by Penelope Fitzgerald
  • “Bookcruncher”  by Tibor Fischer
  • “Cheers” by Helen Simpson
  • “Annals of the Honorary Secretary” by James Lasdun
  • “Bosom Companions” by Dan Jacobson
  • “Easter” by John McGahern
  • “Science and the Arts” by M. John Harrison
  • “The Shortlist Season” by Ali Smith
  • “A Beautiful Restoration” by Dilys Rose
  • “Lone Pine” by David Malouf
  • “The Party” by Amit Chaudhuri
  • “Here Comes Glad” by Paul Magrs
  • “Curved Is the Line of Beauty” by Hilary Mantel
  • “Some Time I Shall Sleep Out” by J. Maclaren-Ross

Pulse | Uncorrected Proof (Jonathan Cape, 2010)

Notes on this edition: Pulse | Uncorrected Proof. London: Jonathan Cape, 2010.

When Jonathan Cape produced the uncorrected proof of Pulse, the text included enough errors that Julian Barnes asked the publisher to “pulp” or destroy the proof edition. Cape produced a subsequent, corrected and unbound proof for use within the publishing house and by the author while making his final revisions to the text. The author and publisher spared the specimen featured here specifically for inclusion in the Julian Barnes bibliography.

Pulse | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011)

Notes on this edition: Pulse. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Uncorrected Proof in red paper wrappers with provisional publication data printed to the front cover.

England, England (Vintage Books, 2008)

Notes on this edition: England, England. London: Vintage Books, 2008. ISBN: 9780099526544


13 Prisen Mitternacht | The Times Anthology of Ghost Stories (Bastei Lübbe, 1979)

Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Eine beherrschte Frau” [“A Self-Possessed Woman.”] 13 Prisen Mitternacht | The Times Anthology of Ghost Stories. Bastei Lübbe, 1979. 141-156.

First German edition of this anthology, which was preceded by English editions in hardback (Jonathan Cape, 1975) and paperback (Corgi, 1977). All editions were published prior to Julian Barnes’s first novel Metroland (Jonathan Cape, 1980).

The Times Anthology of Ghost Stories (Corgi Books, 1977)

Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “A Self-Possessed Woman.” The Times Anthology of Ghost Stories. London: Corgi Books, 1977. 129-145.

First paperback edition of this anthology. The back cover lists the sales price for UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. The Australian price of $2.00 is the “RECOMMENDED PRICE ONLY”, and the front cover features a price sticker of $2.50, thus suggesting the origin of sale within that country.

The book was first published by in hardback with dark green dust jacket (Jonathan Cape, 1975). Both editions published prior to Barnes’s first novel Metroland (Jonathan Cape, 1980). A German translation of this anthology also appeared in paperback (Bastei Lübbe, 1979).

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:

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Cambridge University Press, 1995)

Notes on this edition: A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Edited by Ron Middleton. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. Pp. 350. ISBN: 9780521484787.

Published as part of the “Cambridge Literature” series (Series Editor Judith Baxter) for use in classroom instruction. Includes an introduction, resource notes, study questions, and a glossary of terms.