“The Salinger Affair” (London Review of Books, 1988)


Notes on this item: Julian Barnes. “The Salinger Affair.” London Review of Books, vol. 10, no. 19, 27 October 1988: 3-5.

Julian Barnes reviews In Search of J. D. Salinger by Ian Hamilton. Barnes’s review caused problems in his relationship with Hamilton, but the two later maintained their friendship. This copy is signed by Julian Barnes and was purchased from the Estate of Rolland Comstock.

“The Spying Game” (Sunday Times, 6 July 1997)


Notes on this item: Julian Barnes. “The Spying Game.” The Sunday Times, 6 July 1997: 1-2.

Julian Barnes reviews The File: A Personal History by Timothy Garton Ash. This copy is signed by Julian Barnes and was purchased from the Estate of Rolland Comstock.

“Fair Treatment for the Belgian Sex Maniac” (Literary Review, April 1992)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Fair Treatment for the Belgian Sex Maniac.” Literary Review, April 1992: 4-6.

Julian Barnes writes about Georges Simenon in a review of The Man Who Wasn’t Maigret: A Portrait of Georges Simenon by Patrick Marnham. The essay was later published as “The Pouncer” in Something to Declare.

This copy of the journal is signed by Julian Barnes and was purchased from the Estate of Rolland Comstock.

The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories | “One of a Kind” (Penguin, 1988)


Notes on this edition: “One of a Kind” by Julian Barnes. The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories. Edited with an introduction by Malcolm Bradbury. London: Penguin, 1988.

Julian Barnes’s short story “One of a Kind” is published on pages 400-406. In this example, Barnes has signed his entry. Formerly from the library of book collector Rolland Comstock.

Highlights from the Collection of Rolland L. Comstock (Quill & Brush, undated)


Notes on this edition: Highlights from the Collection of Rolland L. Comstock. Dickerson, MD: Quill & Brush, [undated].

Noted bibliophile Rolland L. Comstock frequently traveled to author signings while building his extensive collection of modern first editions. Comstock was an avid collector of Julian Barnes material, and Barnes has at times referenced Comstock in his non-fiction writing. Comstock died on July 3, 2007, and Quill & Brush were commissioned to sell the majority of his collection. The catalog presented here consists of highlights from the Comstock collection, including several pages of entries (with asking prices) related to Julian Barnes. Also included in the catalog were several reproductions of inscriptions from Barnes to Comstock.