“1981” | 21: 21 Picador Authors Celebrate 21 Years of International Writing (Picador, 1993; Hardback)


Notes on this edition: “1981” by Julian Barnes. Published in 21: 21 Picador Authors Celebrate 21 Years of International Writing.  London: Picador, 1993. 281. 21 cm. ISBN: 0330331310. (Hardback).

Contributors include:

1972: Oliver Sacks
1973: Patrick McCabe
1974: Graham Swift
1975: Russell Hoban
1976: Ian McEwan
1977: Charles Nicholl
1978: Caryl Phillips
1979: Jim Crace
1980: Candia McWilliam
1981: Julian Barnes
1982: Clive James
1983: Edmund White
1984: Mark Lawson
1985: Tama Janowitz
1986: David Profumohard
1987: Colm Tóibín
1988: Christopher Hope
1989: Rober McLiam Wilson
1990: Norman Lewis
1991: Kathy Lette
1992: Tariq Ali

Alsof het voorbij is | The Sense of an Ending (Uitgeverij Atlas Contact, 2012; Dutch)


Notes on this edition: Alsof het voorbij is | The Sense of an Ending.  Amsterdam: Atlas Contact, 2012.  Pp. 158. 22 cm. Translated by Ronald Vlek. ISBN: 9789045022673. (Dutch).

This example is the 16th printing published in 2012. The first Dutch edition was published in 2011. “Eerste druk oktober 2011 | Zestiende druk augustus 2012”.

Levels of Life (Jonathan Cape, 2013)


Notes on this edition: First edition – London: Jonathan Cape, 2013. £10.99. 

Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: JULIAN BARNES | LEVELS OF | LIFE | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | LONDON

Copyright Page: Published by Jonathan Cape 2013 | 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1 | Copyright © Julian Barnes | Julian Barnes has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act | 1988 to be identified as the author of this work. | This book is sold subject to the | condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, resold, hired | out or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in any form of | binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar | condition, including this condition, being imposed on the subsequent purchaser. | Lines from ‘Exasperated Piety’ by Christopher Reid | reproduced by kind permission of the poet. | First published in Great Britain in 2013 by Jonathan Cape |  Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, | London SW1V 2SA | www.randomhouse.co.uk | Addresses for companies within The Random House Group Limited | can be found at: www.randomhouse.co.uk/offices.htm | The Random House Group Limited Reg. No. 954009 | A CIP catalogue record for this book is available | from the British Library | ISBN: 9780224098151 | The Random House Group Limited makes every effort to | ensure that the papers used in its books are made from trees that have | been legally sourced from well-managed and credibly certified forests. | Our paper procurement policy can be found at: | www.randomhouse.co.uk/paper.htm | Printed and bound in Great Britain by | Clays Ltd, St Ives PLC

Collation: 19.7 x 12.8 cm. Pp. [i-viii] [1-2] 3-27 [28-30] 31-64 [65-66] 67-117 [118-120]. [i]: ‘LEVELS OF LIFE’. [ii]: blank. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘for Pat’. [vi]: blank. [vii]: ‘CONTENTS | [decorative rule] | THE SIN OF HEIGHT | 1 | ON THE LEVEL | 29 | THE LOSS OF DEPTH | 65’. [viii]: blank. [1]: ‘THE SIN OF HEIGHT |  [decorative rule]’. [2]: blank. 3-27: text. [28]: blank. [29]: ‘ON THE LEVEL | [decorative rule]’. [30]: blank. 31-64: text. [65]: ‘THE LOSS OF DEPTH | [decorative rule]’. [66]: blank. 67-[118]: text. [119-120]: blank.

General description: Binding 20.4 x 13.5 cm. Black cloth boards stamped in silver lettering to spine. Black endpapers. Cover design by Suzanne Dean. Features a smooth, cut fore edge. Back flap of dust jacket features an author photograph by Alan Edwards and a photograph of Pat Kavanagh by Derek Thompson.

Note: The title page of this example has been digitally altered to remove the  names in the dedication inscription.

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.