The Noise of Time | Limited Edition (Easton Press, 2016)


Notes on this edition: The Noise of Time. Norwalk, CT: Easton Press, 2016.

Leather bound, “Signed Collector’s Edition” published by Easton Press by arrangement with Alfred A. Knopf. Text edges in gilt gold with inserted author biography and a certificate of authenticity. The specific limitation stated as 400 copies.

Fiddle City (Pantheon Books, 1986)


Notes on this edition: First American edition New York: Pantheon Books, 1986. Pp. 173. 18 cm. ISBN: 0394744411. $3.95.

Julian Barnes’s second novel written under the pseudonym of “Dan Kavanagh” was never published in hardback in the U.S., thus making the Pantheon Books edition the first American edition.

Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: FIDDLE CITY | [decorative line] | Dan Kavanagh | [Pantheon device] | PANTHEON BOOKS | NEW YORK

Copyright Page: Copyright © 1981 by Dan Kavanagh. | All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright | Conventions. Published in the United States by Pantheon Books, a divi- | sion of Random House, Inc., New York. Hardcover edition originally | published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape Ltd., London, in 1981. | Manufactured in the United States of America | First Pantheon Paperback Edition

Collation: 17.5 x 10.5 cm. Pp. [1-6] 7-173 [174-176]. [1]: ‘FIDDLE CITY’. [2]: ‘BY THE SAME AUTHOR | Duffy’. [3]: title page. [4]: copyright page. [5]: ‘To Craig and Li’. [6]: blank. 7-173: text. [174]: ‘Dan Kavanagh was born in County Sligo in 1946. | After an uncompromising adolescence, at nineteen | he became assistant entertainments officer on a Jap- | anese supertanker and traveled the world. He has | been a pianist in a waterfront bar in Macao, a bag- | gage handler at San Francisco Airport, and has | flown light planes on the Colombian cocaine route. | He is currently working in London at jobs he de- | clines to specify, and lives in North Islington. He is | also the author of Duffy.’. [175-176]: advertisements.

General description: Binding 17.5 x 10.5 cm. Paperbound in white.  Lettered in light blue (title) and white (author), with cover design by Louise Fili. 

“One of a Kind” | Braille Edition (RNIB, no date)


Notes on this edition: “One of a Kind.” Peterborough: RNIB, [nd].

The Royal National Institute of Blind People published Julian Barnes’s short story “One of a Kind” along with three other short stories. Spiral bound, the cover is labelled “Short Stories 158”. No printed publication date.

Barnes’s short story “One of a Kind” was originally published in the London Review of Books, Vol. 4, No. 3, 18 February 1982, pp. 23-24.

This edition inscribed “One of Ryan’s more obscure discoveries – all good wishes – Julian Barnes”.

Dan Kavanagh | First Appearance In Print (New Statesman, 25 May 1979)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes wrote four crime novels using the pseudonym “Dan Kavanagh”, but the first time he used the name in print was to sign a letter to the editor in the 25 May 1979 issue of The New Statesman (p. 753). This copy is signed by Barnes, “Dan Kavanagh’s first appearance in print! DK/JB”.

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.

Something to Declare | Uncorrected Proof (Picador, 2002; White Covers)


Notes on this edition: Something to Declare. London: Picador, 2002. Uncorrected Proof in white paper covers. This is one of two Picador proofs issued for this book.

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


Notes on this edition: A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. Pp. 309.

Uncorrected Proof in blue paper covers. Cover features a white paper slip taped to front that states: “TENTATIVE PUBLICATION DATE: 9 OCTOBER 1989 | TENTATIVE PRICE: $18.95 | WITH A FULL-COLOR FOLDOUT ILLUSTRATION”.

Stapled to the inside front cover are two pages of promotional material for Julian Barnes’s earlier novels, Flaubert’s Parrot and Staring at the Sun.

This copy was used by a reviewer, so contains underlining and written annotations throughout, including the line “It’s as if | you knew | I’d come | to say | gb” to the back cover. Inscribed by the author to the title page [the inscription dedication has been digitally removed].

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters | Uncorrected Proof (Jonathan Cape, 1989)


Notes on this edition: A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. London: Jonathan Cape, 1989. Pp. 310.

Uncorrected Proof in white paper cover with picture of an ark on the front cover and author photo on the back cover. This proof is distinct from the more rare, red uncorrected proof also issued by Jonathan Cape. Provisional publication price and date listed to the back cover: £10.95 | 22 June 1989

The Lemon Table | Uncorrected Proof (Jonathan Cape, 2004)


Notes on this edition: The Lemon Table. London: Jonathan Cape, 2004.  Uncorrected Proof in bright yellow paper wraps with black lettering. Front cover states: “Julian Barnes | THE LEMON | TABLE | [blurb from the Daily Telegraph] | A JONATHAN CAPE UNCORRECTED PROOF”.

The Sense of an Ending | Limited Edition (Easton Press, 2015)


Notes on this edition: The Sense of an Ending.  Norwalk, CT: Easton Press, 2015. Pp. 163.

Leather bound, “Signed Collector’s Edition” published by Easton Press by arrangement with Alfred A. Knopf. Text edges in gilt gold with inserted author biography and a certificate of authenticity. The specific limitation is not stated in the book, but Barnes believes he signed 2,000 copies.