“The Bitter Lemon Days” | Another Round at the Pillars (Cargo Press, 1999)

Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “The Bitter Lemon Days.” Another Round at the Pillars: Essays, Poems & Reflections on Ian Hamilton. Edited by David Harsent. Cornwall: Cargo Press, 1999. Pp. 151 + [5]. 24 x 15.3 cm. ISBN: 1899980067.

From the jacket: “For his sixtieth birthday friends of the distinguished poet, critic and biographer Ian Hamilton, have gathered to offer an international festschrift to honour his writings and the remarkable influence he has exerted on his generation.”

Julian Barnes’s essay appears on pp. 15-21. It was also published in The Guardian (17 April 1999). Other authors contributing to the collection include:

Blake Morrison
A Alvarez
Andrew Motion
Harold Pinter
Peter Dale
Hugo Williams
Douglas Dunn
Karl Miller
Alan Jenkins
David Harsent
Christopher Reid
Ian McEwan
Craig Raine
Dan Jacobson
Simon Gray
Peter Porter
Michael Hofmann
John Fuller
Charles Osborne
Michael Fried
Clive James
Colin Falck

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.

Death | Promotional Copy (Vintage Minis, 2017)

Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Death. London: Vintage Minis, 2017. Pp. 106 + [18]. 17.8 x 11 cm. ISBN: 9781784872601.

Julian Barnes has inscribed this copy to his bibliographer with the information that “this is one of 1000 pre-publication promotional copies” distributed several months prior to the official publication. Barnes also states the printing will be clearer in the final edition.

Duffy | Uncorrected Proof (Orion Books, 2014)

Notes on this edition: Dan Kavanagh. Duffy. London: Orion Books, 2014. Pp. 194 + [6]. 19.7 x 12.8 cm.

Uncorrected proof of Dan Kavanagh’s first novel, reissued by Orion Books in 2014. Orion produced both a hardback and a paperback edition. They also published the other titles written by Barnes’s pseudonym Dan Kavanagh, including Fiddle City, Putting the Boot In, and Going to the Dogs.

This copy signed by Julian Barnes as Dan Kavanagh.

Promotional Book Bag (Denoël, undated)

Notes on this item: Promotional book bag produced by Denoël, Julian Barnes’s French publisher. The bag features a large number of reproduced author signatures, including one by Barnes: “J.P. Barnes” (bottom center).

The bag is undated.

Les Grands Ecrivains Publics de l’Europe | Postcard (Editions Lagrange, undated)

Notes on this item: Postcard titled, “LES GRANDS ECRIVAINS PUBLICS DE L’EUROPE | no. 4: Julien Barnes.” Published by Editions Lagrange, Montpellier.

Pictures Julian Barnes standing by a motorbike in front of a “Public Writer” sign in Morocco. The photo was taken by Pat Kavanagh, and Barnes made it into a French postcard as a joke. Note that he spells his name as “Julien”, which is the French  spelling and that the publisher is “Lagrange” [la grange = barn], a name he later used in his Man Booker Prize winning novel The Sense of an Ending [Patrick Lagrange].

Barnes sent the postcard to Gil Moody, owner of Moody Books in Tennessee. To the back, Barnes has written:

21 June 99

Dear Gil Moody:
This is the best
I can do for you, I’m
afraid. Signed photos
are for film stars in my
view. And I can’t sign
any more books – I did
400 copies of England, England
when I was last at Knopf
HQ – perhaps they (Jonas
Karp) can let you have
some… Good luck with
the bookstore.
Julian Barnes

Duffy | Uncorrected Proof (Jonathan Cape, 1980)

Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Duffy. London: Jonathan Cape, 1980. Pp. 180 [181] + [3]. 20 x 13.8 cm.

Uncorrected Proof in red wraps with black lettering. Inscribed by Julian Barnes in fountain ink and as his pseudonym Dan Kavanagh in ballpoint. Inserted into the proof is a letter to Barnes from Marilyn Edwards at Jonathan Cape stating, “I have just discovered one solitary proof of DUFFY that I thought you might like to have as they can be useful and anyway they are nice things to have.”

Levels of Life (Vintage Books, 2014)

Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Levels of Life. London: Vintage Books, 2014. Pp. 117 + [3]. 19.8 x 13 cm. ISBN: 9780099584537.

This copy inscribed by Julian Barnes to his bibliographer.

“And I’m not saying love will make you happy …” (Black Oak Books / Okeanos Press, 1989; Broadside)

Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “And I’m not saying love will make you happy …” Berkeley, CA: Black Oak Books / Okeanos Press, 1989.

Broadside printed in two colors (black and blue) and measuring 7″x 11″. This broadside was distributed by Black Oak Books upon the occasion of a reading by Barnes at Black Oak Books.

Cryptic Crossword No. 24,901 (Guardian, 7 January 2010)

Notes on this item: Cryptic Crossword No. 24,901.  The Guardian, 7 January 2010.

The crossword pictured here was completed by Julian Barnes himself prior to being sent to his bibliographer. The puzzle features numerous answers based on Julian Barnes, his writings, and his interests (e.g. Flaubert, etc.).

To complete the crossword, please visit The Guardian website: https://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/cryptic/24901