Jonathan Cape Book Catalog: 1981-1982 (Jonathan Cape, c1979)

Notes on this edition: Jonathan Cape Book Catalog: January 1980—July 1980. Jonathan Cape, [1979]. Pp. 48. 20.3 x 12.6 cm.

Jonathan Cape published promotional book catalogs for forthcoming publications. In this 1980 “Spring & Summer Books” catalog, the publisher features Julian Barnes’s Metroland (pp. 4) and Dan Kavanagh’s Duffy (pp. 8).

Duffy is listed under a former, potential title of Suck it and See, a phrase used repeatedly by the novel’s antagonist.

Jonathan Cape Book Catalog: 1981-1982 (Jonathan Cape, c1981)

Notes on this edition: Jonathan Cape Book Catalog: August 1981—February 1982. Jonathan Cape, [1981]. Pp. 56. 21 x 14.5 cm.

Jonathan Cape published promotional book catalogs for forthcoming publications. In the “Autumn & Winter Books” catalog, the publisher features Dan Kavanagh’s novel Fiddle City on page 9.

Posy Simmonds illustrated the catalog cover.

Flaubert’s Parrot (Alfred A. Knopf, 1985; Review Copy)

Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Flaubert’s Parrot. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985.

This review copy consists of a first American hardback edition supplemented with a promotional flyer, author photo, and a review slip from the publisher. The book is not stamped or otherwise marked as a “review” copy.

The Porcupine | Promotional Pamphlet (Alfred A. Knopf, 1992)

Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. The Porcupine (excerpt). New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992. Pp. 28 [29] + [1]. 23.5 x 15.5 cm.

The opening of Julian Barnes’s novel The Porcupine was produced as one of four promotional pamphlets issued in a protective slipcase. The four pamphlets include excerpts from:

Kathryn Kramer: Rattlesnake Farming
Michael Ondaatje: The English Patient
Michael Doane: City of Light
Julian Barnes: The Porcupine

England, England | Promotional Puzzle (Jonathan Cape, 1998)

Notes on this item: England, England Promotional Puzzle. Jonathan Cape, 1998.

Jonathan Cape created this puzzle to promote Julian Barnes’s novel England, England. The four puzzle pieces feature dust jacket art on one side and promotional text on the reverse. The number of puzzles produced is currently unknown.

Barnes mailed the puzzle to Rolland Comstock, a well-known book collector who specialized in contemporary British authors, including Barnes, Martin Amis, Jim Crace, and others. Comstock was known to travel great distances  to attend author readings and would regularly arrive with a suitcase full of books to be signed. The note enclosed with the promotional puzzle is dated 19 July 1999, and states:

Dear Rolland,
I remember promising you this a couple of months ago. Hope you can solve it! Nice seeing you in D.C.
Best wishes,

“Nachworts” | Chez Krull (Kampa Verlag, 2018; German)

Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Nachworts: Die Welt von ‘Chez Krull’ ist nicht verschwunden” in Chez Krull by Georges Simenon. Zürich: Kampa Verlag, 2018. Pp. 253 [254] + [2]. 21 x 13.2 cm. ISBN: 9783311133353. (German).

Julian Barnes’s afterword is translated by Thomas Bodmer and appears on pp. 249-[254].

To launch the new Simenon publishing program in German, Kampa Verlag commissioned afterwords to accompany the new editions. Simenon’s Chez Krull features an afterword by Julian Barnes, as pictured.

Inserted into the example presented here is a small promotional pamphlet of 20 pages (10 pages folded and glued) promoting the new editions. For more information about Kampa Verlag, please visit:

The Man Booker Prize Poster, 2005

Notes on this item: Poster promoting The Man Booker Prize Poster for 2005. Approximately 50 x 35.5 cm. The poster features the shortlisted novels, including Julian Barnes’s novel Arthur & George.

England, England | Promotional Material (Alfred A. Knopf, 1999)

Notes on this item: Folder from Alfred A. Knopf containing loose sheets of paper (promotional material) announcing Julian Barnes’s novel England, England. Letter accompanying the promotional material is not dated.

The Borzoi Reader (Alfred A. Knopf, Fall 1991)

Notes on this edition: The Borzoi Reader. Alfred A. Knopf, Fall 1991.

Complimentary promotional item containing information and an excerpt from Julian Barnes’s novel Talking It Over published by Alfred A. Knopf. The reader is pp. 48 with Barnes’s excerpt appearing on pages 4-5.