Promotional Placard | Arthur & George (Alfred A. Knopf, 2006)


Notes on this item: Promotional placard advertising Julian Barnes’s novel Arthur & George. 76 x 52 cm.

This large advertisement placard was intended to stand on display in a book store upon the publication of the novel by Alfred A. Knopf in 2006.

Arthur & George | Poster (Jonathan Cape, 2005)


Notes on this item: Promotional poster for Julian Barnes’s Arthur & George. London: Jonathan Cape, 2005. Approximately 59.3 x 41.9 cm.

This poster is signed by Julian Barnes.

The Lemon Table | Poster (Jonathan Cape, 2004)


Notes on this item: Promotional poster for Julian Barnes’s The Lemon Table. London: Jonathan Cape, 2004. Approximately 84 x 59.5 cm.

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Jonathan Cape, 1989; Promotional Poster)


Notes on this item: Promotional Poster for A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. Jonathan Cape, 1989.

Large format promotional poster featuring the cover art for the Jonathan Cape edition of Julian Barnes’s novel A History of the World in 10½ Chapters.

Het tumult van de tijd | The Noise of Time (Atlas, 2016; Promotional Poster)


Notes on this item: Promotional poster for Het tumult van de tijd | The Noise of Time issued by Atlas in 2016. Julian Barnes traveled to several bookstores to promote the Dutch edition of his novel, and this poster was taken from one of the bookstores. 38.5 x 27.3 cm. (Dutch).

Promotional Placard | A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Alfred A. Knopf, 1989)


Notes on this item: Promotional placard advertising Julian Barnes’s novel A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (43 x 33 cm.).

This advertisement was intended to stand on display in a book store upon the publication of the novel by Alfred A. Knopf in 1989. The advertisement was acquired by a book store employee who kept it in storage for 20+ years before selling it.

Julian Barnes states that he used to have a copy of this placard in his study, but it remains unclear exactly how many placards were produced for promotional purposes.

Granta Reading Poster (Blackwell’s, 1983)


Notes on this item: Poster advertising a public reading of three authors — Julian Barnes, A.N. Wilson, and Adam Mars-Jones — at Blackwell’s, Broad Street, Oxford on March 9, [1983]. The reading is assumed to have taken place in 1983, because the poster advertises the “Best of the Young British Novelists”, from Granta No. 7. Bill Buford, the editor of Granta at that time, discussed in a 2013 article how the famous “Best of the Young British Novelists” list came into existence, stating:

“When the list of 20 under 40 was announced in the Sunday Times, on 22 August 1982, there was no noise or ceremony. Hoopla would have been premature because bountiful stacks of British books wouldn’t be in the shops to buy yet. What mattered was the fortnight of frenzied promotion that was then planned for six months hence” (The Guardian, 6 April 2013).

The Granta issue based on the “20 under 40” list was published in 1983.

This particular poster was acquired by a student attending Oxford at the time, was stored in their attic for nearly two decades, and eventually given to Julian Barnes’s bibliographer, Ryan Roberts. When Roberts presented the poster to Barnes, the author inscribed it:

Bloody Hell
This is/was my
first-ever
public appearance
Very pre-Ryan …
Julian Barnes

Barnes also playfully drew glasses and a beard on the photo of A.N. Wilson. Measures approximately 12″ x 17″.