BARNES, Julian. A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters. London: Jonathan Cape, 1989.
8vo., original blue buckram lettered in gilt to spine; cream end papers; unclipped pictorial jacket with 13th century biblical scene; pp. [viii], 309, [iii]; with one photographic fold-out plate; a fine copy.
First edition, inscribed by the author in year of publication: "Julian Barnes/ London/ 23rd June 1989."
A collection of historical and fictional short stories with a Biblical theme. Chapter one, The Stowaway tells an alternative account of Noah's Ark from the viewpoint of the woodworms, who were not allowed onboard and were stowaways during the journey.