Talking It Over (Vintage International, 1992; Canadian Edition)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Talking It Over. Toronto: Vintage Books, 1992. Pp. 275 + [1]. 20.2 x 13.1 cm. ISBN: 0394222989.

Stated as the “First Vintage Books Edition” to the copyright page. This paperback edition of Julian Barnes’s novel Talking It Over is the first Canadian paperback edition. While appearing nearly identical to the first Vintage International edition published in the U.S., the two editions feature different title pages, copyright pages, and there are subtle differences to the dust covers, including price and promotional blurbs. A later printing copyright page is also pictured above.


The example below is priced at $17.95. It features blurbs from Canadian publications to the back cover. The copyright page states this is a “First Vintage Books Edition” and has a printing number line that reads “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2”, but the back of the book  includes advertisements for England, England (1998) and — “NEW FROM RANDOM HOUSE CANADA” — Love, etc (2000), thus suggesting it is a later reprint. ISBN: 9780394222981.

Talking It Over (Vintage International, 1992; U.S. Edition)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Talking It Over. New York: Vintage International, 1992. Pp. 275 + [1]. 20.2 x 13.1 cm. ISBN: 9780679736875.

The first U.S. paperback edition of Julian Barnes’s novel Talking It Over. A very similar edition was published by Vintage Books as the first Canadian paperback edition. While appearing nearly identical, the two editions feature different title pages, copyright pages, and there are subtle differences to the dust covers, including price and promotional blurbs.

This example is priced at $11.00. It features blurbs from U.S. publications to the back cover.

The Porcupine (Vintage International, 1993; Canadian Edition)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. The Porcupine. Toronto: Vintage International, 1993. Pp.138 + [8]. 20.2 x 13.1 cm. ISBN: 9780394223308. $12.50.

Stated to copyright page: “FIRST VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL EDITION, OCTOBER 1993”. This particular edition was published by Vintage Books, a division of Random House Canada. Blurb to front cover from the The Toronto Star.

The Sense of an Ending (Vintage Open-Market Edition, 2012)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. The Sense of an Ending. Vintage International, 2012. Pp. 163 + [5]. 17.4 x 10.6 cm. ISBN: 9780307951243. $7.99.

Copyright page states: “FIRST VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL OPEN-MARKET EDITION, | FEBRUARY 2012”. The format is smaller than the regular Vintage International paperback edition issued around the same time.

Love, etc. (Vintage International, 2002)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Love, etc. New York: Vintage International, 2002. Pp. 227 + [3]. 20.2 x 13.1 cm. ISBN: 0375725881

First U.S. paperback edition issued by Vintage International. The title page reuses the “Love, etc.” graphics for the first U.S. hardback edition.

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


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. The Sense of an Ending. New York: Vintage International, 2017. Pp. 163 + [3]. 20.3 x 13.1 cm. ISBN: 9780525434665.

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 May 2012, but the covers were updated as of 2017. The back cover states “Cover art © 2016 CBS Films Inc.”.

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.

The Sense of an Ending (Vintage International, 2012)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. The Sense of an Ending. New York: Vintage International, 2012. Pp. 163 + [3]. 20.3 x 13.8 cm. ISBN: 9780307947727.

Copyright page states the date of publication as “May 2012”. Cover painting by James Gillick. Author photograph by Alan Edwards. Cover design by Megan Wilson.

Through the Window (Vintage International, 2012)


Notes on this edition: First edition – Julian Barnes. Through the Window: Seventeen Essays and a Short Story. New York: Vintage International, 2012. Pp. 243 + [3]. 20.2 x 13.1 cm. $15.95. Included in this example is a promotional flyer to promote the book’s publication. ISBN: 9780345805508.

Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: THROUGH THE WINDOW | Julian Barnes | VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL | Vintage Books | A Division of Random House, Inc. | New York

Copyright Page: [Vintage Logo] | FIRST VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL EDITION, OCTOBER 2012 | Copyright © 2012 by Julian Barnes | All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Vintage Books, a | division of Random House, Inc., New York. Originally published | in Great Britain separately in paperback as Through the Window by | Vintage Books UK, an imprint of the Random House Group Limited, | London, in 2012, and as A Life with Books by Jonathan Cape, an imprint | of the Random House Group Limited, London, in 2012. | Vintage is a registered trademark and Vintage International and | colophon are trademarks of Random House, Inc. | The short story “Homage to Hemingway” is a work of fiction. Names, | characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s | imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, | living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. | Grateful acknowledgement is made to the following for permission to | reprint previously published (and unpublished) material: | Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.: Excerpt from the | section “The Author Observes His Birthday, 2005” from “Endpoint” | from Endpoint and Other Poems by John Updike, copyright © 2009 by | The Estate of John Updike. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, | a division of Random House, Inc. | A. P. Watt Ltd.: Excerpts from Kipling’s diaries. Used by permission of | A. P. Watt Ltd. on behalf of The National Trust for Places of Historic | Interest or Natural Beauty. | The Cataloging-in-Publication Data is on file at the Library of Congress. | Vintage ISBN: 978-0-345-80550-8 | www.vintagebooks.com | Printed in the United States of America | 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Collation: 20.2 x 13.1 cm. Pp. [-iv]-[ix] x-xix [xxi-xxii] [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]. [-iv]: ‘Julian Barnes | THROUGH THE WINDOW | Julian Barnes is the author of eleven novels, three | books of short stories, and three collections of | journalism. In addition to the Booker Prize, his | other honors include the Somerset Maugham | Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and | the E. M. Forster Award from the American | Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in London. | www.julianbarnes.com | [Vintage International logo]’. [-iii]: blank. [-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 | NONFICTION | Nothing to Be Frightened Of | Letters from London, 1990–1995 | Something to Declare | The Pedant in the Kitchen | TRANSLATION | In the Land of Pain by Alphonse Daudet’. [-i]: blank. [i]:’THROUGH THE WINDOW’. [ii]: blank. [iii]: title page. [iv]: copyright page. [v]: ‘FOR PAT’. [vi]: blank. [vii]: ‘CONTENTS | PREFACE: A LIFE WITH BOOKS 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]-xix: [PREFACE: A LIFE WITH BOOKS]. [xx]: blank. [xxi]: ‘THROUGH THE WINDOW’. [xxii]: blank. [1]-243: text. [244]: blank. [245-246]: ‘ALSO BY JULIAN BARNES’.

General description: Binding 20.2 x 13.1 cm. Blue paper covers with illustration to the front. Text in yellow and white with author photograph by Alan Edwards to the back cover. Cover design by Megan Wilson. Textblock is trimmed smooth.


Contents include:

A Life with Books
The Deceptiveness of Penelope Fitzgerald
The ‘Unpoetical’ Clough
George Orwell and the Fucking Elephant
Ford’s The Good Soldier
Ford and Provence
Ford’s Anglican Saint
Kipling’s France
France’s Kipling
The Wisdom of Chamfort
The Man Who Saved Old France
The Profile of Félix Fénéon
Michel Houellebecq and the Sin of Despair
Translating Madame Bovary
Wharton’s The Reef
Homage to Hemingway: a Short Story
Lorrie Moore Takes Wing
Remembering Updike, Remembering Rabbit
Regulating Sorrow

 

The Lemon Table (Vintage International, 2005)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. The Lemon Table. New York: Vintage International, 2005. Pp. 241 + [3]. 20.3 x 13.1 cm. ISBN: 1400076501.

Copyright page states this is the “FIRST VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL EDITION, May 2005”.

Short stories included in this volume include:

  • A Short History of Hairdressing
  • The Story of Mats Israelson
  • The Things You Know
  • Hygiene
  • The Revival
  • Vigilance
  • Bark
  • Knowing French
  • Appetite
  • The Fruit Cage
  • The Silence

Arthur & George (Vintage International, 2007)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. Arthur & George. New York: Vintage International, 2007. Pp. 445 + [5]. 20.3 x 13.2 cm. ISBN: 9781400097036.

First U.S. paperback edition. Copyright page lists date of publication as “January 2007”.