The Porcupine (Jonathan Cape, 1992)


Notes on this edition: Because Jonathan Cape published Julian Barnes’s novel The Porcupine after Obsidian Press published the Bulgarian translation, this edition is listed as the “First British Edition”.

Descriptive Bibliography: First British edition – London: Jonathan Cape, 1992. £9.99.

Title Page: THE PORCUPINE | JULIAN BARNES | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | LONDON

Copyright Page: First published 1992 | © Julian Barnes 1992 | 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 | A CIP catalogue record for this book | is available from the British Library | ISBN 0-224-03618-1 | Printed in Great Britain by | Mackays of Chatham PLC, Chatham, Kent

Collation: 20.2 x 13.9 cm. Pp. [i-vi] 1-138. [i]: ‘THE PORCUPINE’. [ii]: ‘by the same author | METROLAND | BEFORE SHE MET ME | FLAUBERT’S PARROT | STARING AT THE SUN | A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 10½ CHAPTERS | TALKING IT OVER’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘to Dimitrina’. [vi]: blank. 1-138: text.

General description: Binding 20.9 x 14 cm. Burgundy boards, gold blocked on spine. Sky blue endpapers. Burgundy dust jacket lettered in white (author) and sky blue (title). Color photograph of man carrying an umbrella on upper panel. Image is reproduced in smaller dimensions on lower panel.  Jacket photo by Akira Nagamatsu with design by Peter Dyer. White jacket flaps lettered in black. Author photograph by Jillian Edelstein on back flap.

Бодливо свинче (Bodlivo svinche) | The Porcupine (Obsidian Press, 1992; Bulgarian)


Notes on this edition: Obsidian Press published the Bulgarian translation of Julian Barnes’s novel The Porcupine prior to Jonathan Cape’s U.K. edition, thus making it officially the true first edition of the novel.

While in Bulgaria to promote the translation of Flaubert’s Parrot, Barnes met his translator Dimitrina Kondeva, and they soon built a friendship. Barnes wrote to Kondeva for feedback and insights into a new novel he was writing, The Porcupine, which centered on a fictional country similar to Bulgaria. In addition to translating The Porcupine, Kondeva later became Barnes’s Bulgarian publisher at Obsidian Press. She describes and republishes much of her correspondence with Barnes in the collection Julian Barnes: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. [Kondeva, Dimitrina. “The Story of Julian Barnes’s The Porcupine: An Epistolary ½ Chapter.” Eds. Sebastian Groes and Peter Childs. Continuum, 2011. pp. 81-91.]

Barnes scholar Vanessa Guignery has written an insightful account of Barnes’s development of The Porcupine based on an analysis of his correspondence with Kondeva. [Guignery, Vanessa. “Untangling the Intertwined Threads of Fiction and Reality in The Porcupine (1992) by Julian Barnes.” in Pre and Post-publication Itineraries of the Contemporary Novel in English. Publibook, 2007: 49-71.]

Descriptive Bibliography: Бодливо свинче. софия: обсидиан, 1992. (Bodlivo svinche. Sofia: Obsidian Press, 1992). Translated by Dimitrina Kondeva. ISBN: 954-8240-01-7

Title page: Джулиан Барнс | Бодливо | свинче | превод от английски | Димитрина Кондева | издателство | обсидиан | софия | 1992

Copyright page: JULIAN BARNES | THE PORCUPINE | © Julian Barnes 1992 | First published in Bulgaria 1992 | by Obsidian Press, Sofia | [rule] | Превод © Димитрина Кондева | Худ. Оформление © Hиколай Пекарев | ISBN 954-8240-01-7

Collation: Pp. [1-6] 7-17 [18-19] 20-21 [22-23] 24-25 [26-27] 28-29 [30-31] 32-127 [128]. [1]: ‘Джулиан | Барнс | Бодливо | свинче | обсидиан’. [2]: blank. [3]: title page. [4]: copyright page. [5]: ‘Hа Димитрина’. [6]: blank. 7-8: introduction. 9-127: text. [128]: ‘Джулиан Барнс | Бодливо свинче | Английска | [additional text in Cyrillic, as pictured above]’.

Thirty-Seventh Antiquarian Book Fair 1996


Notes on this edition: In 1996, the Grosvenor House in London hosted the Antiquariean Booksellers Association’s Thirty-Seventh Antiquarian Book Fair, and Julian Barnes wrote the introduction to the fair catalog. His essay discusses book collecting and the idealistic notion of “completeness”.

Of the limited number of catalogs published for this occasion, one hundred were signed by Barnes at the end of his introduction. Each signed copy was numbered, as pictured.

Putting the Boot In | Uncorrected Proof (Jonathan Cape, 1985)


Notes on this edition: Uncorrected Proof in red wraps with black lettering. (19.7 x 12.9 cm). Provisional publication date listed as “29 August 1985”.

In 1985, Jonathan Cape published Julian Barnes’s third crime novel under the pseudonym of Dan Kavanagh. The novel’s plot centered on misdeeds related to a English Football Club. While Duffy and Fiddle City were eventually published in the U.S. as paperbacks, Putting the Boot In was not optioned for U.S. publication.

Putting the Boot In (Jonathan Cape, 1985)


Notes on this edition: First edition – London: Jonathan Cape, 1985. £8.95. Print run: 2250.

Published by Julian Barnes under the pseudonym of Dan Kavanagh. As with other Kavanagh publications, the back flap contains a brief biographical statement about the author. 

Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: Dan Kavanagh | Putting | the Boot | In | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | THIRTY-TWO BEDFORD SQUARE LONDON

Copyright Page: First published 1985 | Copyright © by Dan Kavanagh 1985 | Jonathan Cape Ltd, 32 Bedford Square, London | WC1B 3EL | British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data | Kavanagh, Dan | Putting the boot in. | I. Title | 823’.914[F]  PR6061.A895 | ISBN 0-224-02332-2 | Typeset by Ace Filmsetting Ltd, Frome, Somerset | Printed in Great Britain by | Ebenezer Baylis and Son Limited, The Trinity Press, | Worcester and London

Collation: 19.7 x 12.8 cm. Pp. [1-10] 11-17 [18-20] 21-91 [92-94] 95-100 [101-102] 103-182 [183-184] 185-192. [1]: ‘Putting | the Boot | In’. [2]: ‘by the same author | DUFFY | FIDDLE CITY’. [3]: title page. [4]: copyright page. [5]: ‘To Antonia and Martin’. [6]: blank. [7]: epigraph. [8]: blank. [9]: ‘Warm-up’. [10]: blank. 11-17: text. [18]: blank. [19]: ‘First Half’. [20]: blank. 21-91: text. [92]: blank. [93]: ‘Half-time’. [94]: blank. 95-100: text. [101]: ‘Second Half’. [102]: blank. 103-182: text. [183]: ‘Extra Time’. [184]: blank. 185-192: text.

General description: Binding 20.5 x 13.5 cm. Blue boards, gold blocked on spine. White endpapers. Blue dust jacket lettered in white. Color illustration of naked footballer by Mark Watkinson. No author photograph.

Love, etc. | Uncorrected Proof (Knopf, 2001; Red Cover)


Notes on this edition: Love, etc. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001. (21.2 x 14.4 cm).

Uncorrected Proof in red wraps with black lettering. Publication information and the statement, ‘THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED PROOF’ on bottom of upper panel. Title listed as, ‘Love, Etc.’ [full stop]. 

Alfred A. Knopf published two editions of the uncorrected proof for Julian Barnes’s novel Love, etc. The first proof was bound in red wraps, as pictured above, and appears to have been limited in its distribution. The more commonly distributed uncorrected proof features a paper cover that reproduces the colors and layout of the final hardback edition.

Love, etc (Jonathan Cape, 2000)


Notes on this edition: First edition – London: Jonathan Cape, 2000. £15.99.

Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: Love, etc | JULIAN BARNES | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | LONDON

Copyright Page: Published by Jonathan Cape 2000 | 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1 | Copyright © Julian Barnes 2000 | 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 | First published in Great Britain in 2000 by | Jonathan Cape | Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, | London SW1V 2SA | Random House Australia (Pty) Limited | 20 Alfred Street, Milsons Point, Sydney, | New South Wales 2061, Australia | Random House New Zealand Limited | 18 Poland Road, Glenfield, | Auckland 10, New Zealand | Random House (Pty) Limited | Endulini, 5A Jubilee Road, Parktown 2193, South Africa | The Random House Group Limited Reg. No. 954009 | A CIP catalogue record for this book | is available from the British Library | ISBN 0-224-06109-7 | Papers used by The Random House Group Limited are natural, | recyclable products made from wood grown in sustainable forests; | the manufacturing processes conform to the environmental | regulations of the country of origin | Typeset in Deltatype Ltd, Birkenhead, Merseyside | Printed and bound in Great Britain by | Mackays of Chatham PLC

Collation: 21.6 x 13.7 cm. Pp. [i-vi] 1-249 [250]. [i]: ‘Love, etc’. [ii]: ‘by the same author | METROLAND | BEFORE SHE MET ME | FLAUBERT’S PARROT | STARING AT THE SUN | A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 10½ CHAPTERS | TALKING IT OVER | THE PORCUPINE | LETTERS FROM LONDON 1990–1995 | CROSS CHANNEL | ENGLAND, ENGLAND’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘to Pat’. [vi]: blank. 1-[250]: text.

General description: Binding 22.2 x 14.5 cm. Black boards, gold blocked on spine. Burgundy endpapers. White dust jacket lettered in grey, red, and black. Color image of three shoes to upper panel and two shoes to lower panel. Jacket design by Suzanne Dean. Jacket photograph by Ashley Rudolph. Author photograph by Jillian Edelstein on back flap. Title listed as ‘Love, etc’ [no full stop].

Dictionary of Received Ideas (Syrens, 1994; Preface)


Notes on this edition: Flaubert, Gustave. The Dictionary of Received Ideas. London: Syrens, 1994. Translated by Geoffrey Wall. Preface by Julian Barnes.

Syrens is a division of Penguin books, and they released this small, thin paperback edition of Flaubert’s The Dictionary of Received Ideas in 1994. They Syrens series included several titles of note, including James Fenton’s slim publication On Statues (1995) and Proust’s On Reading (1995).

For the Flaubert edition, Julian Barnes provides a preface in the format of a dictionary with one entry per letter. This format resembles (but is entirely different in content from) the dictionary chapter in his novel Flaubert’s Parrot.

Staring at the Sun (London Limited Editions, 1986)


Notes on this edition: The London Limited Edition of Staring at the Sun is the first limited edition produced of Julian Barnes’s works. Limited to 150 copies, the text is identical to the first U.K. edition published by Jonathan Cape, except for some preliminary pages, including the limitation signature page.

Descriptive Bibliography: First Limited edition – London: London Limited Editions, 1986. £25.00. 150 copies.

Title Page: As in the first edition hardback published by Jonathan Cape.

Copyright Page: As in the first edition hardback published by Jonathan Cape.

Collation: 21.5 x 13.7 cm. Text identical to the first Jonathan Cape edition, except the front page [i-ii] has been cut and two new sheets tipped in. Sheet One (front): ‘JULIAN BARNES | STARING AT | THE SUN | [asterisk] | LONDON | LIMITED | EDITIONS’. (verso): blank. Sheet Two (front): ‘One of 150 numbered copies of the | First Edition of | Staring at the Sun | signed by the author and | specially bound. | No. [hand numbered] | [author signature]’. (verso): blank.

General description: Binding 22.2 x 14 cm. Marble paper over boards, dark brown cloth quarter binding with glassine dustwrapper. White endpapers.

Cross Channel | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996)


Notes on this edition: Uncorrected Proof of the U.S. edition of Cross Channel published by Alfred A. Knopf. Bound in cream paper wraps with black lettering. Publication information and the statement, ‘THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED PROOF’ on bottom of upper panel. (19.1 x 13.3 cm).

The publisher stapled three promotional items to the inside front cover, including two sheets of paper featuring review blurbs for Talking It OverFlaubert’s Parrot, and A History of the World in 10½ Chapters, and a sample dust jacket for the first U.S. edition, as pictured.