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.
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.
Notes on this edition: Pulse | Uncorrected Proof. London: Jonathan Cape, 2010.
When Jonathan Cape produced the uncorrected proof of Pulse, the text included enough errors that Julian Barnes asked the publisher to “pulp” or destroy the proof edition. Cape produced a subsequent, corrected and unbound proof for use within the publishing house and by the author while making his final revisions to the text. The author and publisher spared the specimen featured here specifically for inclusion in the Julian Barnes bibliography.
Notes on this edition: Pulse. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Uncorrected Proof in red paper wrappers with provisional publication data printed to the front cover.
Notes on this edition: Nothing to be Frightened of. London: Jonathan Cape, 2008. Proof ISBN: 9780224085410.
Uncorrected Proof in dark pink paper cover. Back cover lists preliminary price as £17.99 with a scheduled publication date of March 2008.
Notes on this edition: Nothing to Be Frightened Of. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. Uncorrected Proof of the American edition bound in pale grey paper cover with black lettering. Provisional publication date set for “5 September 2008” with a list price of $24. Loosely inserted are two promotional items: one blue sheet of paper with blurbs from British press and a stapled copy of a profile/interview with Julian Barnes by Kate Summerscale.
Notes on this edition: Levels of Life. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. Uncorrected Proof of the American edition bound in pale yellow paper cover with black lettering. Provisional publication date set for “26 September 2013” with a list price of $22.95.
Notes on this edition: Something to Declare. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. Uncorrected Proof in blue paper wraps. Preliminary publication information printed in black to the front cover. Scheduled publication set for 7 October 2002 at a price of “$25”.
Notes on this edition: Something to Declare. London: Picador, 2002. Uncorrected Proof in white paper covers. This is one of two Picador proofs issued for this book.
Notes on this edition: A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989. Pp. 309.
Uncorrected Proof in blue paper covers. Cover features a white paper slip taped to front that states: “TENTATIVE PUBLICATION DATE: 9 OCTOBER 1989 | TENTATIVE PRICE: $18.95 | WITH A FULL-COLOR FOLDOUT ILLUSTRATION”.
Stapled to the inside front cover are two pages of promotional material for Julian Barnes’s earlier novels, Flaubert’s Parrot and Staring at the Sun.
This copy was used by a reviewer, so contains underlining and written annotations throughout, including the line “It’s as if | you knew | I’d come | to say | gb” to the back cover. Inscribed by the author to the title page [the inscription dedication has been digitally removed].