Death | Promotional Copy (Vintage Minis, 2017)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Death. London: Vintage Minis, 2017. Pp. 106 + [18]. 17.8 x 11 cm. ISBN: 9781784872601.

Julian Barnes has inscribed this copy to his bibliographer with the information that “this is one of 1000 pre-publication promotional copies” distributed several months prior to the official publication. Barnes also states the printing will be clearer in the final edition.

Christmas Gift Bag (Vintage, 2012)


Notes on this edition: Gift Bag distributed by Vintage to its employees at Christmas in 2012. The bag features ornamental rules designed in the shape of a Christmas tree to both sides. The bags contained three books published by Vintage or Jonathan Cape: a copy of Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier (Vintage Books, 2010), Julian Barnes’s A Life with Books (Jonathan Cape, 2012), and his collection of essays Through the Window (Vintage Books, 2012). This bag was sent by Barnes to his bibliographer with a special inscription from the author.

Through the Window: Seventeen Essays (and one short story) (Vintage, 2012)


Notes on this edition: First edition – London: Vintage Books, 2012. £10.99. 

Descriptive Bibliography: 

Title Page: THROUGH THE WINDOW | [decorative rule] | Seventeen Essays | (and one short story) | [wide decorative rule] | Julian Barnes | VINTAGE BOOKS | London

Copyright Page: Published by Vintage 2012 | 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1 | Copyright © Julian Barnes 2012 | Julian Barnes has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs | and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work | Extract from Kipling’s diaries reproduced with permission of | AP Watt Ltd on behalf of The National Trust for Places of Historic | Interest or Natural Beauty | 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 2012 by | Vintage | Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, | London SW1V 2SA | www.vintage-books.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 9780099578581 | The Random House Group Limited supports The Forest | Stewardship Council (FSC®), the leading international forest | certification organisation. Our books carrying the FSC label are | printed on FSC® certified paper. FSC is the only forest certification | scheme endorsed by the leading environmental organisations, | including Greenpeace. Our paper procurement policy can | be found at www.randomhouse.co.uk/environment | [FSC device] | Typeset in Bembo by Palimpsest Book Production Limited, | Falkirk, Stirlingshire | Printed and bound by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon CR0 4YY

Collation: 19.8 x 12.9 cm. Pp. [i-x] [1] 2-14 [15] 16-25 [26] 27-40 [41] 42-50 [51] 52-63 [64] 65-76 [77] 78-89 [90] 91-100 [101] 102-109 [110] 111-122 [123] 124-134 [135] 136-145 [146] 147-163 [164] 165-174 [175] 176-192 [193] 194-197 [198] 199-208 [209] 210-214 [215] 216-227 [228-231] 232-243 [244-246]. [i]: ‘THROUGH THE WINDOW’. [ii]: ‘ALSO BY JULIAN BARNES | FICTION | 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 | Cross Channel | England, England | Love, etc | The Lemon Table | Arthur & George | Pulse | The Sense of an Ending | NON-FICTION | Letters From London, 1990–1995 | Something to Declare | The Pedant in the Kitchen | Nothing to be Frightened of | TRANSLATION | In The Land of Pain | by Alphonse Daudet’. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘FOR PAT’. [vi]: blank. [vii]: ‘CONTENTS | [decorative rule] | PREFACE IX | The Deceptiveness of Penelope Fitzgerald 1 | The “Unpoetical” Clough 15 | George Orwell and the Fucking Elephant 26 | Ford’s The Good Soldier 41 | Ford and Provence 51 | Ford’s Anglican Saint 64 | Kipling’s France 77 | France’s Kipling 90 | The Wisdom of Chamfort 101 | The Man Who Saved Old France 110 | The Profile of Félix Fénéon 123 | Michel Houellebecq and the Sin of Despair 135 | Translating Madame Bovary 146’. [viii]: ‘Wharton’s The Reef 164 | Homage to Hemingway: a Short Story 175 | Lorrie Moore Takes Wing 193 | Remembering Updike, Remembering Rabbit 198 | Regulating Sorrow 215 | Acknowledgements 229 | Index 231’. [ix-x]: [Preface]. [1]-243: text. [244-245]: blank. [246]: ‘www.vintage-books.co.uk’.

General description: Binding 19.8 x 13 cm. White paper with raised text in red and decorative rules in black. Text on the flaps is in black. Cover design by Suzanne Dean. Textblock is trimmed smooth.

Literary Lunch (Vintage, 2015)


Notes on this edition: Literary Lunch. London: Vintage, 2015. Pp. 84 + [4]. 22 cm. ISBN: 9781784702083.

Introduction by Jay Rayner.

Julian Barnes’s contribution is a recipe for “Lamb Stew” that is related to his short story “Homage to Hemingway”. The excerpt and recipe appear on pp. [30]-32 of this collection.

Other contributors include Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, Simon Schama, Haruki Murakami, Susan Hill, Sebastian Faulks, Anne Tyler, Tim Parks, Neel Mukherjee, Irvine Welsh, Mark Haddon, William Boyd, Helen Fielding, Jeanette Winterson, Deborah Moggach, and Louis de Bernieres

“The Things You Know” in Sightlines (Vintage, 2001)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “The Things You Know” in Sightlines. London: Vintage, 2001. Pp. 391 [392]. 19.8 x 12.8 cm. Edited by P. D. James and Harriet Harvey Wood with an introduction by Sue Townsend. ISBN: 0099422824.

The publication of Sightlines promotes and supports the work of the Royal National Institute for the Blind’s Talking Books. All of the contributors offered their work without fee.

Julian Barnes’s short story “The Things You Know” appears on pp. 138-150 and was later published in his short story collection The Lemon Table (2004).

In the Land of Pain (Vintage, 2018)


Notes on this edition: Alphonse Daudet. In the Land of Pain. London: Vintage, 2018. Pp. 87 + [7]. 20 cm. ISBN: 9781784873455.

Edited and translated by Julian Barnes. Includes an introduction by Barnes (p. v-xv) and “A Note on Syphilis” (p. 82-87).

The Sense of an Ending | Movie Tie-In (Vintage, 2017)


Notes on this edition: The Sense of an Ending. London: Vintage, 2017. Pp. 150. ISBN: 9781784705633

British movie tie-in edition in connection with the theatrical release of the film adaptation of Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending. The copyright page states the publication date as 2017.

The cover is very similar to an edition published in conjunction with the Daily Telegraph movie tie-in edition, but the two are distinct in some of the text printed to both front and back, including blurbs, etc.

The film is directed by Ritesh Batra and written by Nick Payne. The film stars Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Emily Mortimer and Michelle Dockery.

Death (Vintage Minis, 2017)


Notes on this edition: Death. London: Vintage, 2017. Pp. 106 [122]. ISBN: 9781784872601.

Published as part of the “Vintage Mini” series, Death excerpts portions of Julian Barnes’s book Nothing to Be Frightened of (Jonathan Cape, 2008.)

The Sense of an Ending | Daily Telegraph Movie Tie-In (Vintage, 2017)


Notes on this edition: The Sense of an Ending. London: Vintage, 2017.

This edition was produced as a special movie tie-in promotion conducted in conjunction with the Daily Telegraph.

Also featured is a promotional, movie tie-in bookmark.

A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Vintage, 2016)


Notes on this edition: A History of the World in 10½ Chapters. London: Vintage, 2016. Pp. 309. 18 cm. ISBN: 9781784871376. £5.99

This edition features a special cover designed as part of a “Vintage Classics” series of publications issued by the publisher. Cover art for other titles in the series are printed to the inside front cover (as shown). The book is formatted in a smaller size than typical Vintage publications.

Page numbering stops at p. 309, but a series of blank pages at the end of this edition places the total pages at [326].