Staring at the Sun (Picador, 1987)


Notes on this edition: Staring at the Sun. London: Picador, 1987. Pp. 195. ISBN: 0330299301.

Published by Picador (Pan Books) in association with Jonathan Cape. Cover design by Trickett & Webb Limited. Cover price listed at £3.50, but this copy has a bookstore sticker from “Waterstone’s” listing the price as £4.03.

Letters from London | Uncorrected Proof (Picador, 1995)


Notes on this edition: Letters from London 1990-1995. London: Picador, 1995. Pp. 334. (20.5 x 14.3 cm).

Uncorrected Proof in white card wraps with black lettering. Author photo on front by Jillian Edelstein.  ‘UNCORRECTED BOOK PROOF’ in black near bottom of back cover. 

The first state of this proof lists the provisional publication date as ’21 April 1995′, but a later state carries a corrective sticker listing the publication date as ‘7 April’.

The Porcupine (Picador, 1993)


Notes on this edition: The Porcupine. London: Picador, 1993. Pp. 138. ISBN: 033032828x. £4.99.

First U.K. paperback edition with illustration to cover by Tim Jonke.

Letters from London 1990-1995 (Picador, 1995)


Notes on this edition: First edition – London: Picador, 1995. £6.99.

Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: JULIAN BARNES | Letters from London | 1990-1995 | PICADOR

Copyright Page: [Picador device] | First published 1995 by Picador | an imprint of Macmillan General Books | Cavaye Place London SW10 9PG | and Basingstroke | Associated companies throughout the world | ISBN 0 330 34116 2 | Copyright © Julian Barnes 1995 | The right of Julian Barnes to be identified as the | author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance | with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. | The author and publishers gratefully acknowledge the following for permission | to reproduce previously published material: Faber and Faber for part of | ‘Bridge for the Living’ by Philip Larkin, from The Collected Poems of Philip Larkin, | edited by Anthony Thwaite; Weidenfeld and Nicholson for Alan Clark’s Diaries; | and HarperCollins for Margaret Thatcher: The Downing Street Years. | All rights reserved. No reproduction, copy or transmission | of this publication may be made without written permission. | No paragraph of this publication may be reproduced, copied | or transmitted save with written permission or in accordance | with the provisions of the Copyright Act 1956 (as amended). | Any person who does any unauthorized act in relation to | this publication may be liable to criminal prosecution | and civil claims for damages. | 1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2 | A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from | the British Library | Typeset by CentraCet Limited, Cambridge | Printed by Mackays of Chatham plc, Kent | This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, | by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, 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.

Collation: 19.5 x 12.8 cm. Pp. [i-vi] vii-xvi 1-352. [i]: ‘Letters from London | 1990-1995’. [ii]: ‘Other books by Julian Barnes in Picador | 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’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘to Jay and Helen’. [vi]: blank. vii-viii: contents. ix-xvi: preface. 1-352: text.

General description: Binding 19.5 x 13.1 cm. White card wrappers with French flaps. Lettered in black and red with multiple color images reflecting content of essays (chess piece, stamp, pictures of the Royal Family, etc.). Red endpapers. Cover photographs by Andrew Heaps. Author photograph by Gillian Edelstein [sic; Jillian Edelstein] on back flap.

England, England (Picador, 1999)


Notes on this edition: England, England. London: Picador, 1999. Pp. 266. 18 cm. ISBN: 9780330373449.

This particular specimen is the third printing of the Picador paperback edition. Included in the photos is a detail of the title, stamped in gold lettering.

Cross Channel (Picador, 1996)


Notes on this edition: Cross Channel. London: Picador, 1996. Pp. 224. £4.99. ISBN: 9780330349161

First Picador paperback edition with cover similar to the first UK hardback edition.

Flaubert’s Parrot (Picador, 2002)


Notes on this edition: Flaubert’s Parrot. London: Picador, 2002. Pp. ix, 229. 18 cm. ISBN: 0330491962.

Released as part of “Picador XXX Thirty” to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Picador imprint that launched in 1972. The front cover uses a black and white version of the photograph that appeared on the first Picador edition in 1985 and the back cover reproduces the original cover in color.

Something to Declare | Uncorrected Proof (Picador, 2002; White Covers)


Notes on this edition: Something to Declare. London: Picador, 2002. Uncorrected Proof in white paper covers. This is one of two Picador proofs issued for this book.

Flaubert’s Parrot | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Petersens, 2001)


Notes on this edition: Flaubert’s Parrot | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Hamburg: Petersens, 2001. 18 cm. ISBN: 3883891568.

This omnibus edition appears to have been printed and bound in Great Britain by Picador, but was published officially by Petersons for a foreign market. Listed as “Petersen Taschenbücher Bd. 156” on the page before the title page.

Metroland (Picador, 1990)


Notes on this edition: Metroland. London: Picador, 1990. Pp. 176. ISBN: 0330313819 (UK £3.99; $11.99 Australia; NZ $15.95)

First edition Picador paperback, published by Pan Books in association with Jonathan Cape. Cover illustration by Kenny McKendry.

Signed by Julian Barnes to the title page. Paper cover is in rough condition, so we are seeking additional specimens.