Som jeg ser det: essays om billedkunst (Tiderne Skifter, 2011; Danish)

Notes on this edition: Som jeg ser det: essays om billedkunst. Copenhagen: Tiderne Skifter, 2011. Pp. 218. Translated by Claus Bech. ISBN: 9788779733725. (Danish)

Julian Barnes’s Danish publisher encouraged the publication of this collection of essays on art several years prior to the publication of Barnes’s collection Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art (Jonathan Cape, 2015). The Danish publication contains essays on the following artists:

Theodore Géricault
Eugène Delacroix
Gustave Courbet
Édouard Manet
Edgar Degas
Odilon Redon
Félix Vallotton
Pierre Bonnard
Édouard Vuillard
Georges Braque
René Magritte
Claes Oldenburg

The example featured here is signed, but a lengthy, personalized inscription has been removed from the title page.

“A London View” (Granta 65, Spring 1999)

Notes on this edition: “A London View” by Julian Barnes. Granta 65 (Spring 1999): 176-177. Barnes recalls his early memories of the Metropolitan, Bakerloo and District tube lines.

Duffy (Jonathan Cape, 1980)

Notes on this edition: First edition – London: Jonathan Cape, 1980. £4.95. Print run: 4000.

Julian Barnes’s first book publication under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh. Published the same year as Barnes’s first literary novel Metroland (1980).

Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: Duffy | Dan Kavanagh | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | THIRTY BEDFORD SQUARE LONDON

Copyright Page: First published 1980 | Copyright © by Dan Kavanagh 1980 | Jonathan Cape Ltd, 30 Bedford Square, London WC1 | British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data | Kavanagh, Dan | Duffy | I. Title | 823’.9’1F  PR6061.A89/ | ISBN 0 224 01822 1 | Printed in Great Britain by | Lowe & Brydone Printers Ltd, Thetford, Norfolk

Collation: 19.7 x 12.8 cm. Pp. [i-iv, 1-6] 7-180 [181-188]. [i]: pasted to board. [ii-iv]: blank. [1]: ‘Duffy’. [2]: blank. [3]: title page. [4]: copyright page. [5]: ‘To Pat Kavanagh’. [6]: blank. 7-180: text. [181]: text. [182-187]: blank. [188]: pasted to board.

General description: Binding 20.5 x 13.5 cm. Black boards, gold blocked on spine. No endpapers (outer leaves pasted down). Black dust jacket lettered in pink, yellow and white, with a color drawing of a woman’s foot in a pink high-heel shoe.  No author photograph.

Talking It Over | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 1991)

Notes on this edition: Talking It Over. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. Uncorrected proof in light blue paper covers. As a promotional item, Knopf produced a separate, white proof signed by Julian Barnes that was housed in a black paper “box sleeve”. The proof presented here is the standard proof that precedes the special proof.

Shown in the photos are three versions of the uncorrected proof. The first is a standard copy without markings. Another is the printer’s or “Press Copy”, which features printing information on the cover and text block indicating the color of paper to be used while printing the proofs. Written on the text block in ballpoint ink is “50 wh. | Blue Regular | Train”, suggesting the color that should be used for the paper covers. On the paper cover is written, “press copy | 91-778 | choo choo”, the “choo choo” suggesting “Train”, as written on the text block. In addition, the date on which the proofs were printed is written on the spine as “5-8-91”.

The third version presented here is a copy prepared for distribution to reviewers. The original provisional publication date and price have been covered over with a white slip of paper taped to the cover. In addition, three pages of advertisements have been stapled to the inside front cover.

Pulse | Final Uncorrected Proof (Jonathan Cape, 2010)

Notes on this edition: 

Pulse. Jonathan Cape, 2010. Final Uncorrected Proof with lengthy inscription by Julian Barnes stating: “the first proof run to be bound up was suppressed because of authorial complaint at the myriad errors. A very few of the final (or near-final) corrected proofs were later bound up, of which this is one”.

Note: The inscription has been edited to remove part of the personalized dedication.

The Pedant in the Kitchen (Atlantic Books, 2003)

Notes on this edition: First editionLondon: Atlantic Books, 2003. £9.99. Print run: 15,000.

Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: IN THE KITCHEN | JULIAN BARNES | [Atlantic device] | Atlantic Books | London | TheGuardian

Copyright Page: | First published in Great Britain in 2003 by Atlantic Books, | on behalf of Guardian Newspapers Ltd. | Atlantic Books is an imprint of Grove Atlantic Ltd. | Copyright © Julian Barnes 2003 | The moral right of Julian Barnes to be identified as the author | of this work has been asserted in accordance with the Copyright, | Designs and Patents Act of 1988. | The Guardian is a registered trademark of the Guardian Media Group Plc. | Guardian Books is an imprint of Guardian Newspapers Ltd. | All rights reserved. N part of this publication may be reproduced, | stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any | means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, | without the prior permission of both the copyright owner and the | above publisher of this book. | 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 | A CIP record for this book is available from the British Library | ISBN 1 84354 239 0 | Designed by Richard Marston | Illustrations by Joe Berger | Printed in Great Britain by CPI Glasgow | Grove Atlantic Ltd | Ormond House | 26—27 Boswell Street | London | WC1N 3JZ

Collation: 17.8 x 12.8 cm. Pp. [i-viii] 1-4 [5] 6-9 [10] 11-19 [20] 21-26 [27] 28-36 [37] 38-41 [42] 43-52 [53] 54-57 [58] 59-63 [64] 65-71 [72] 73-82 [83] 84-91 [92] 93-101 [102] 103-106 [107] 108-113 [114] 115-122 [123] 124-127 [128] 129-136. [i]: ‘THE PEDANT IN THE KITCHEN’. [ii]: ‘THE PEDANT’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘to She For Whom’. [vi-vii]: contents. [viii]: blank. 1-4: text. [5]: illustration. 6-9: text. [10]: illustration. 11-19: text. [20]: illustration. 21-26: text. [27]: illustration. 28-36: text. [37]: illustration. 38-41: text. [42]: illustration. 43-52: text. [53]: illustration. 54-57: text. [58]: illustration. 59-63: text. [64]: illustration. 65-71: text. [72]: illustration. 73-82: text. [83]: illustration. 84-91: text. [92]: illustration. 93-101: text. [102]: illustration. 103-106: text. [107]: illustration. 108-113: text. [114]: illustration. 115-122: text. [123]: illustration. 124-127: text. [128]: illustration. 129-136: text.

General description: Binding 18.5 x 13.7 cm. Black boards, silver blocked on spine. Red endpapers. Deep yellow dust jacket lettered in burgundy and black. Upper panel features a color illustration on of a metal spoon reflecting the image of the pedant who is holding a book in front of his face. Lower panel features a color illustration of a wooden spoon. Jacket design and illustrations by Joe Berger. Author photograph by Jillian Edelstein on back flap.


The Times Anthology of Ghost Stories (Jonathan Cape, 1975)

Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “A Self-Possessed Woman.” The Times Anthology of Ghost Stories. London: Jonathan Cape, 1975. 132-149.

From a competition judged by Kingsley Amis, Patricia Highsmith and Christopher Lee. The Times sponsored the competition in conjunction with Jonathan Cape.

This constitutes Julian Barnes’s first book publication, as it was published five years before his first novel Metroland (Jonathan Cape, 1980). The book was published in hardback with dark green dust jacket. The top of the text block is stained yellow.

This edition was followed by a paperback edition (Corgi Books, 1977) and a German translation (Bastei Lübbe, 1979), also in paperback.

Lucy Mackenzie: Quiet (Nancy Hoffman Gallery, 2015)

Notes on this edition: Lucy Mackenzie: Quiet. New York: Nancy Hoffman Gallery, 2015. ISBN: 9780982407356

This exhibit catalog features an introduction written by Julian Barnes titled, “Lucy Mackenzie: Showing the World in a Particular Light.” The essay runs five pages in length.

For more information about the exhibit or to order a copy of the exhibit catalog, please visit the Nancy Hoffman Gallery website:

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.