“The Stowaway” | Free Sample Chapter (Reader’s Collection, 1989)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “The Stowaway” from A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. The Reader’s Collection, 1989. Pp.28. 23 x 15.5 cm.

Sample chapter from Julian Barnes’s novel bound in paper covers. Stated on the inside pages: “This free sample chapter is one of the four specially printed for the Summer Reader’s Collection […]”.

The sample chapter includes a reproduction of the novel’s title page and copyright page. As this is the only sample examined, it remains unclear why the Barnes chapter was bound in a cover featuring cover art from Gita Mehta’s Raj.

Nothing to Be Frightened Of | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 2008)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Nothing to Be Frightened Of. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. Pp. 241 + [3]. 21.3 x 14.3 cm.

Uncorrected Proof of the American edition bound in pale grey paper cover with black lettering. Provisional publication date set for “5 September 2008” with a list price of $24. Loosely inserted are two promotional items: one blue sheet of paper with blurbs from British press and a stapled copy of a profile/interview with Julian Barnes by Kate Summerscale.

Flaubert & Louise: Letters & Impressions (Charles Hobson, 1988; Prospectus)


Notes on this edition: In 1988, artist Charles Hobson created an limited edition artists’ book titled Flaubert & Louise: Letters & Impressions. The contents of the book include letters written by Gustave Flaubert to his lover Louise Colet. Also included are excerpts from Julian Barnes’s novel Flaubert’s Parrot in which he fictionalized Colet’s voice in a chapter titled, “Louise Colet’s Version”. Hobson merges Flaubert’s real letters with Barnes’s fictional text to create a sense of an exchange between the couple.

The item presented in the photos is a prospectus for the artists’ book prepared at the time of the publication of the work in 1988. 21.5 x 14 cm.

A copy of the original artists’ book currently sells for $3,000 on Hobson’s website. Chronicle Books also issued a spiral bound book by Hobson titled Paris Encounters that contains a section devoted to his artistic creation Flaubert & Louise. Charles Hobson writes about his creative process for this work in an exhibition catalog in 2002: http://www.charleshobson.com/Hobson_Catalog.pdf