Levels of Life (Center Point Publishing, 2014; Large Print)


Notes on this edition: 

Levels of Life. Thorndike, ME: Center Point Publishing, 2014. Pp. 127. 23 cm. ISBN: 9781628990065. (Large Print edition).

Large print edition with dust jacket. Smooth board binding with imagery and text of jacket printed to covers, as shown. This example features a unique inscription from the author to his webmaster.

Going to the Dogs (Viking, 1987)


Notes on this edition: First edition – London: Viking, 1987. £10.95. Print run: 4000. 

This particular example is uncharacteristically signed by Julian Barnes, rather than as his pseudonym Dan Kavanagh. The inscription image has been digitally modified to remove the name of the recipient.


Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: [thick rule] | [rule] | GOING TO THE DOGS | [rule] | [dot] DAN KAVANAGH | [rule] | VIKING

Copyright Page: VIKING | Penguin Books Ltd, 27 Wrights Lane, London W8 5TZ (Publishing and | Editorial) | and Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England (Distributed and Warehouse) | Viking Penguin Inc., 40 West 23rd Street, New York, New York 10010, | USA | Penguin Books Australia Ltd, Ringwood, Victoria, Australia | Penguin Books Canada Limited, 2801 John Street, Markham, Ontario, | Canada L3R 1B4 | Penguin Books (NZ) Ltd, 182-190 Wairau Road, Auckland 10, New | Zealand | First Published 1987 | Copyright © Dan Kavanagh, 1987 | All rights reserved. Without limiting the rights under copyright reserved | above, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored | in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form | or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, | recording or otherwise), without the prior written permission of both the copyright owner and the above publisher of this book | Typeset in Linotron 202 Bembo | Typeset, printed and bound in Great Britain by | Hazell Watson & Viney Limited, | Member of the BPCC Group, | Aylesbury, Bucks | British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data | Kavanagh, Dan | Going to the dogs. | Rn : Julian Barnes  I. Title | 823’.914 [F] PR6052.A6657 | ISBN: 0-670-81829-1

Collation: 21.6 x 13.5 cm. Pp. [1-10] 11-15 [16-18] 19-29 [30-32] 33-50 [51-54] 55-94 [95-98] 99-121 [122-124] 125-178 [179-182] 183-207 [208]. [1]: [Viking device]. [2]: blank. [3]: title page. [4]: copyright page. [5]: ‘to Ruth and Don’. [6]: ‘I am grateful to Mickey ‘the Grass’ Sissons for slipping | me the words of ‘The Dogs’.  D.K.’. [7]: text. [8]: blank. [9]: ‘1 [dot] LIBRARY’. [10]: blank. 11-[16]: text. [17]: ‘2 [dot] DRIVEWAY’. [18]: blank. 19-[30]: text. [31]: ‘3 [dot] KITCHEN/DINING-ROOM’. [32]: blank. 33-[51]: text. [52]: blank. [53]: ‘4 [dot] BILLIARD ROOM’. [54]: blank. 55-[95]: text. [96]: blank. [97]: ‘5 [dot] GROUNDS’. [98]: blank. 99-[122]: text. [123]: ‘6 [dot] BEDROOMS’. [124]: blank. 125-[179]: text. [180]: blank. [181]: ‘7 [dot] NEIGHBOURHOOD’. [182]: blank. 183-[208]: text.

General description: Binding 22.2 x 14 cm. Dark green boards, gold lettering on spine. White endpapers. Green and yellow dust jacket lettered in black (author) and yellow (title) on upper panel and yellow and white on lower panel. Jacket photograph by David Fairman and design by Tony Green. Author biography on back flap.

Going to the Dogs (Pantheon Books, 1987)


Notes on this edition: First American edition – New York: Pantheon Books, 1987. $15.95.


Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: [thick rule] | [rule] | GOING TO THE DOGS | [rule] | [dot] DAN KAVANAGH | [rule] | PANTHEON BOOKS [dot] NEW YORK

Copyright Page: [Pantheon device] | First American Edition | Copyright © 1987 by Dan Kavanagh | All rights reserved under International and | Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published | in the United States by Pantheon Books, a division | of Random House, Inc., New York. | Originally published in Great Britain | by Penguin Books Ltd., London. | ISBN 0-394-56322-0 | LC 87-43056 | Manufactured in the United States of America

Collation: 21 x 13.9 cm. Pp. [1-10] 11-15 [16-18] 19-29 [30-32] 33-50 [51-54] 55-94 [95-98] 99-121 [122-124] 125-178 [179-182] 183-207 [208]. [1]: ‘[thick rule] | [rule] | GOING TO THE DOGS | [rule] | [dot] DAN KAVANAGH | [rule]’. [2]: ‘Other books by Dan Kavanagh | Duffy | Fiddle City’. [3]: title page. [4]: copyright page. [5]: ‘to Ruth and Don’. [6]: ‘I am grateful to Mickey ‘the Grass’ Sissons for slipping | me the words of ‘The Dogs’.  D.K.’. [7]: text. [8]: blank. [9]: ‘1 [dot] LIBRARY’. [10]: blank. 11-[16]: text. [17]: ‘2 [dot] DRIVEWAY’. [18]: blank. 19-[30]: text. [31]: ‘3 [dot] KITCHEN/DINING-ROOM’. [32]: blank. 33-[51]: text. [52]: blank. [53]: ‘4 [dot] BILLIARD ROOM’. [54]: blank. 55-[95]: text. [96]: blank. [97]: ‘5 [dot] GROUNDS’. [98]: blank. 99-[122]: text. [123]: ‘6 [dot] BEDROOMS’. [124]: blank. 125-[179]: text. [180]: blank. [181]: ‘7 [dot] NEIGHBOURHOOD’. [182]: blank. 183-[208]: text.

General description: Binding 21.5 x 14.3 cm. White boards, black quarter binding silver blocked on spine. White endpapers. White dust jacket lettered in black, white, and peach with a color illustration of a dog and a broken window. Flaps colored black with white lettering. Jacket illustration by John Martinez and design by Louise Fili. Author biography on back flap.

Talking It Over (Jonathan Cape, 1991)


Notes on this edition: First edition – London: Jonathan Cape, 1991. £13.99. Print run: 24,000.


Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: Talking It Over | Julian Barnes | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | LONDON

Copyright Page: First published 1991 | © Julian Barnes 1991 | Jonathan Cape, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA | Julian Barnes has asserted his right | under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988 | to be identified as the author of this work | ‘Walking After Midnight’ (Hecht/Block) | © Acuff-Rose Opryland Music Ltd | ‘Two Cigarettes in an Ashtray’ (Miller/Stevenson) | © Acuff-Rose Opryland Music Ltd | International copyright secured. All rights reserved. | Reproduced by permission of Warner Chappell Music Ltd | A CIP catalogue record for this book | is available from the British Library | ISBN 0-224-03157-0 | Phototypeset by Falcon Graphic Art Ltd | Printed in Great Britain by | Mackays of Chatham PLC, Chatham, Kent

Collation: 21.5 x 13.7 cm. Pp. [i-x] 1-273 [274-278]. [i-ii]: blank. [iii]: ‘Talking It Over’. [iv]: ‘by the same author | METROLAND | BEFORE SHE MET ME | FLAUBERT’S PARROT | STARING AT THE SUN | A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 10½ CHAPTERS’. [v]: title page. [vi]: copyright page. [vii]: ‘to Pat’. [viii]: blank. [ix]: ‘He lies like an eye-witness | Russian saying’. [x]: blank. 1-273: text. [274-278]: blank.

General description: Binding 22.2 x 14.4 cm. Tan boards, gold blocked on spine. Sky blue endpapers. Tan dust jacket with color illustration on upper panel in purple, red, blue, green, and yellow. Lettered in black on upper and lower panel. Jacket illustration by Fraser Taylor. Author photograph by Jane Bown on back flap.

The Noise of Time (London Review Bookshop, 2016; Limited Edition Full Leather)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. The Noise of Time. London: London Review Bookshop, 2016. Limited Edition Full Leather.

Julian Barnes’s novel The Noise of Time was published in 2016, concurrently with the London Review Bookshop’s limited edition. The edition featured here is one of three hors de commerce copies signed by the author. Outside of this designation on the limitation page, the hors de commerce edition is identical to the full leather copy limited to 25 copies.

From the limitation page:

A special signed limited First Edition of
The Noise of Time
printed on Longan Book Wove 150gsm paper.
Numbers 1 to 75 have been quarter-bound
in Harmatan Yellow 30 Goatskin
with Atlantic Cloth sides and contain one
facsimile page from the author’s notebook.
25 copies (i to xxv), plus three hors de commerce,
have been fully bound in the same leather
and contain a portfolio of six facsimile pages
of early draft passages and notebook entries.

The edition featured here is numbered “Hors Commerce 2/3” and is signed by Julian Barnes to the limitation page. (Note: The image has been modified to remove the name of the recipient to whom Barnes inscribed the book.)

The facsimile page is contained in a paper folder with the following letterpressed to the front:

  1. Notebook entry of possible titles.
  2. Middle-of-the-night jotting from bedside notepad.
  3. Possible epigraphs, neither of them used.
  4. Draft of section when the opening episode returns as a memory in the second part of the novel.
  5. Early draft of opening of first part.
  6. First notes on novel, from notebook.

JULIAN BARNES (c) 2016

Levels of Life (London Review Bookshop, 2013; Limited Edition Full Leather)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Levels of Life. London: London Review Bookshop, 2013. Limited Edition Full Leather.

In 2013, the London Review Bookshop issued a limited edition of Julian Barnes’s Levels of Life. One version was quarter-bound in leather (35 copies), another was full leather (15 copies), and a special hors série edition identical to the full leather version was produced for the author and select recipients (unstated on the limitation page, but limited to 3 copies, as noted in the image).

The limitation page of all editions is identical:

A special signed limited first edition of
Levels of Life
of which thirty-five copies have been
quarter-bound in Harmatan fine leather
numbered 1 to 35 and fifteen copies
full-bound in the same leather
numbered I to XV.

The bindings have been designed by
Andrew Stilwell and Patrick Roe and produced
by The Fine Book Bindery, Finedon, Northants.

This is number
[# in red followed by Julian Barnes’s signature in black ink]

Note: The limitation page of this example has been digitally altered to remove the personalized inscription from Julian Barnes to the edition’s owner.

Levels of Life (London Review Bookshop, 2013; Limited Edition Quarter Leather)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Levels of Life. London: London Review Bookshop, 2013. Limited Edition Quarter Leather.

In 2013, the London Review Bookshop issued a limited edition of Julian Barnes’s Levels of Life. One version was quarter-bound in leather (35 copies), another was full leather (15 copies), and a special hors série edition identical to the full leather version was produced for the author and select recipients (unstated on the limitation page, but limited to 3 copies).

The limitation page of all editions is identical, excepting the numbering:

A special signed limited first edition of
Levels of Life
of which thirty-five copies have been
quarter-bound in Harmatan fine leather
numbered 1 to 35 and fifteen copies
full-bound in the same leather
numbered I to XV.

The bindings have been designed by
Andrew Stilwell and Patrick Roe and produced
by The Fine Book Bindery, Finedon, Northants.

This is number
[# in red followed by Julian Barnes’s signature in black ink]

Note: The limitation page of this example has been digitally altered to remove the personalized inscription from Julian Barnes to the edition’s owner.

The Sense of an Ending (London Review Bookshop, 2011; Limited Edition Full Leather)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. The Sense of an Ending. London: London Review Bookshop, 2011. Limited Edition Full Leather.

In 2011, the London Review Bookshop issued two limited editions of Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending, one quarter-bound in leather (75 copies) and one full leather (25 copies). The text block of both editions is tinted green, as pictured.

The limitation page of both editions are identical:

A special signed limited First Edition of
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
comprising 100 copies housed in a cloth slipcase
of which 25 have been full bound in leather
numbered I to XXV and 75 quarter bound in the
same leather with cloth sides, numbered 1 to 75.

The bindings have been designed by
Andrew Stilwell and the books have been bound by
The Fine Book Bindery, Finedon, Northants, under
the direction of Patrick Roe.

This is number
[# and signature by Julian Barnes]

Note: The limitation page of this example has been cropped to remove the personalized inscription from Julian Barnes to the edition’s owner.

The Sense of an Ending (London Review Bookshop, 2011; Limited Edition Quarter Leather)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. The Sense of an Ending. London: London Review Bookshop, 2011. Limited Edition Quarter Leather.

In 2011, the London Review Bookshop issued two limited editions of Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending, one quarter-bound in leather (75 copies) and one full leather (25 copies). The text block of both editions is tinted green, as pictured.

The limitation page of both editions are identical:

A special signed limited First Edition of
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
comprising 100 copies housed in a cloth slipcase
of which 25 have been full bound in leather
numbered I to XXV and 75 quarter bound in the
same leather with cloth sides, numbered 1 to 75.

The bindings have been designed by
Andrew Stilwell and the books have been bound by
The Fine Book Bindery, Finedon, Northants, under
the direction of Patrick Roe.

This is number
[# and signature by Julian Barnes]

Note: The limitation page of this example has been digitally altered to remove the personalized inscription from Julian Barnes to the edition’s owner.

Nothing to be Frightened of (London Review Bookshop, 2008; Limited Edition Full Leather)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Nothing to be Frightened of. London: London Review Bookshop, 2008. Limited edition bound in full leather and signed by the author.

In 2008, the London Review Bookshop issued two limited editions of Julian Barnes’s Nothing to be Frightened of, one quarter-bound in leather (100 copies) and one full leather (25 copies). The text block of both editions is tinted blue, as pictured.

The limitation page of both editions are identical:

A special signed limited First Edition of
Nothing to be Frightened of, comprising 125 copies,
of which one hundred have been quarter-bound
in Harmatan fine grain leather (Crimson 21)
with patterned boards designed by Enid Marx
(© Judd Street Gallery 1988), housed in a cloth
slipcase and numbered 1-100 and twenty-five
fully bound in the same leather, housed in
a solander box and numbered I-XXV.

The bindings have been designed by
Andrew Stilwell and the books have been bound,
slipcased and boxed by The Fine Book Bindery,
Wellingborough, Northants.

This is number
[# and signature by Julian Barnes]