Arthur & George | Uncorrected Proof (Mercure de France, 2007; French)


Notes on this edition: Arthur & George. Paris: Mercure de France, 2007. Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin. (French).

Uncorrected Proof of the French edition of Julian Barnes’s Arthur & George. From the author’s personal collection.

Metroland | Author Proofs (Jonathan Cape, 1980)


Notes on this edition: Metroland. London: Jonathan Cape, 1980.

From Julian Barnes’s personal collection, this set of author proofs is glued on the top edge. This may be the only extant copy of this unusual proof.

Before She Met Me | Stapled Proofs (Jonathan Cape, 1982)


Notes on this edition: Before She Met Me. London: Jonathan Cape, 1982.

Stapled proofs sent to Julian Barnes from his publisher. The proofs are stapled into sections, and these sections are gathered in a paper band, as pictured.

From the author’s personal collection, these proofs may be the only extant copy.

In die Sonne sehen | Staring at the Sun (Haffmans, 1991; German; Uncorrected Proof)


Notes on this edition: In die Sonne sehen | Staring at the Sun. Zürich: Haffmans, 1991. Pp. 269 [270] + [2]. 18 x 10.8 cm. Translated by Gertraude Krueger. ISBN: 3251001914. (German).

On the lower back cover is printed: “Unkorrigiertes Lese-Exemplar | Rezensionen bite erst ab 5. August 1991” [Uncorrected, review copy | Not available until August 5, 1991]

Nothing to Be Frightened of | Comb Bound Proof (Jonathan Cape, 2007)


Notes on this edition: Nothing to Be Frightened of. London: Jonathan Cape, 2007. Pp. 250. 21 x 15 cm.

Uncorrected proof secured with plastic comb binding. Printed on 28 November 2007. In discussing this specimen with Julian Barnes, he suggested this form of proof would have been created in extremely limited quantities prior to the more traditional uncorrected proof. This may, in fact, be the only extant copy bound in this manner.

The Best of Frank O’Connor | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009; Everyman’s Library #321)


Notes on this edition: Uncorrected Proof for The Best of Frank O’Connor. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. Pp. xxxviii, 673. 21 cm. ISBN: 9780307269041.

Edited and with an introduction by Julian Barnes pp. ix-xi. Part of the Everyman’s Library series, no. 321.

England, England | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 1999)


Notes on this edition: England, England. Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.

Uncorrected Proof in blue wraps with black lettering. Publication information and the statement, ‘THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED PROOF’ on bottom of upper panel. (21.5 x 14 cm).

Publication date on the front cover states, ‘    May 1999’.


Another copy of this proof was issued with promotional material stapled inside both the front and back covers. The publication date on the cover includes the day written in ink as ’10 May 1999′, as pictured.

Something to Declare | Uncorrected Proof (Picador, 2002)


Notes on this edition: Something to Declare. London: Picador, 2002.

Uncorrected Proof of Julian Barnes’s essay collection Something to Declare. Published with color card wraps reproducing a painting by Howard Hodgkin with black and white lettering. ‘PICADOR UNCORRECTED BOUND PROOF’ in black at the top of the upper panel. Quote from Joanna Trollope on upper panel. Lower panel and spine are blue with white lettering. (20.6 x 14.3 cm).

Publication date listed as ’11/01/02′ with a provisional price of £7.99.

This is the first of two Picador proofs issued for this book. This color cover was followed by an uncorrected proof bound in white wrappers at a later date.

The Only Story | Uncorrected Proof (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018)


Notes on this edition: The Only Story. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. Pp. 254.

Uncorrected Proof featuring jacket design by Carol Devine Carson. Preliminary price set at $25.95. Back cover states, “TO BE PUBLISHED BY KNOPF IN APRIL 2018 | FIRST PRINTING: 75,000”.

Letters from London | Uncorrected Proof (Picador, 1995)


Notes on this edition: Letters from London 1990-1995. London: Picador, 1995. Pp. 334. (20.5 x 14.3 cm).

Uncorrected Proof in white card wraps with black lettering. Author photo on front by Jillian Edelstein.  ‘UNCORRECTED BOOK PROOF’ in black near bottom of back cover. 

The first state of this proof lists the provisional publication date as ’21 April 1995′, but a later state carries a corrective sticker listing the publication date as ‘7 April’.