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"It is the random
Accumulation
Of triumphs
Which is
So nice."


- J.P. Donleavy from The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Another of Donleavy's "eventual best-sellers," The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B ranks as one of the author's finest achievements and certainly as the epitome of his renowned ability to meld humor and sadness. The characters, as with all of Donleavy's best work, are among the most memorable in modern fiction. Singer Van Morrison mentions this book in a Rolling Stone interview, remarking about how vividly Donleavy captured scenes from the Ireland he remembered from growing up.

As I've been contacted by fellow JPD fans and those associated with him, it is this story, either in novel or play form, that is the most beloved and sustains the most impassioned responses. I've often been asked why I'm doing this site and all the work involved with its contents. I tell them to read this story. This story has also been adapted for the stage by Donleavy. See BBBB - Plays for more information.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

First draft, notes and working pages, early - mid 1960s

Courtesy of the JP Donleavy Archives. Thanks to JPD and Bill Dunn (archivist) for this entry. Photo © Bill Dunn 2007.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Cloth | Delacorte Press, New York, November, 1968 - ISBN 0440004845 - 403 pages
 

First trade edition. (ISBN issued after printing).

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Cloth | Delacorte Press, New York, December, 1968 - ISBN 0440004845 - 403 pages
 

2nd Delacorte printing. (ISBN issued after printing).

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The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Cloth | Delacorte Press, New York (no date given except Copyright 1968 - 403 pages
 

Book club edition. Similar to trade printings but for jagged front page edges and brighter blue inside cover flaps.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Cloth | Delacorte Press, New York, January, 1969 - ISBN 0440004845 - 403 pages
 

3rd Delacorte printing. (ISBN issued after printing).

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Cloth | Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1969 - 438 pages
 

First UK edition.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Cloth | Delacorte Press, New York, April, 1969 - ISBN 0440004845 - 403 pages
 

4th Delacorte printing. (ISBN issued after printing).

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, 1969 - 400 pages

First Penguin edition (designated for sales outside the UK only).

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Dell, New York, October, 1969 - ISBN 44000471125 - 438 pages
 

First US mass paperback edition.

balthazar b's byrdefulde brydningsår

Wraps | glydendal, København, 1969 - 422 pages
 

Danish translation. Gray wraps with color dust jacket.

balthazar b's byrdefulde brydningsår

Binding? | glydendals bogklub, København, 1969 - 422 pages
 

Danish translation. Bookclub edition.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Cloth | Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1969 - 438 pages
 

2nd E&S printing.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Cloth | BCE/BOMC, London, 1969

Book of the Month Club edition.

Title?

Binding? | Glydendal, Stockholm, 1969
 

Swedish translation.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Dell, New York, December, 1969 - ISBN 44000471125 - 438 pages
 

2nd Dell printing.

Die bestialischen Selgkeiten Des Balthasar B

Cloth | Bertelsmann, Gütersloth, 1969 - 379 pages
 

German translation.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Cloth | Taiwan (no date given) circa late '60s - 401 pages
 
Asian piracy of Delacorte Press edition, in English. About half the thickness of the authorized versions, green boards instead of black as with all authorized Delacorte Press printings of this title. Back cover photo of Donleavy is poor-quality reproduction (probably from a photocopy).

De Beestachtige Bekoringen van Balthazar B

Wraps | Uitgeverij De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam, 1970 - ISBN 9023403169 - 400 pages

Dutch translation.

De Beestachtige Bekoringen van Balthazar B

Wraps | De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam, Literaire Reuzen Pocket, LRP #316, 1970 - 402 pages

Dutch translation.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Dell, New York, July, 1970 - ISBN 44000471125 - 438 pages
 

3rd Dell printing.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, 1970 - 400 pages

Variant first Penguin edition (designated for sales inside the UK only).

Le bestiali abitudini di Balthazar B

Cloth | Garzanti, Milano, 1970 - 414 pages

Italian translation. From the library of J.P. Donleavy. Cover photo by Bill Dunn. Very special thanks to J.P. Donleavy and Bill Dunn for adding this to the Compendium site.

Die bestialischen Seligkeiten des Balthasar B

Cloth | Hermann Luchterhand, Verlag GmbH, Neuwied and Berlin, 1971 - 500 pages

First German translation. Again, many thanks to Hanne Behrens, who through her Antiquarit Labyrinth provided this edition and many of the other non-English language editions listed on this site.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, 1971 - 400 pages

2nd Penguin printing.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, 1972 - 400 pages

3rd Penguin printing.

Las bestiales bienaventuranzas de Balthazar B

Cloth | Gigante, Barcelona 1972 - 356 pages

Spanish translation.

Les Beatitudes de Balthazar B

Wraps | denoël/LN, Paris, 1973 - 420 pages
 

First French translation. Soft cover with stiff, glossy dust jacket.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, 1973 - 400 pages

4th Penguin printing.

Die bestialischen Selgkeiten Des Balthasar B

Cloth | Bertelsmann, Gütersloth, 1973 - 379 pages
 

German translation. Book club edition. Special thanks to Thomas Reginek for information on this edition and cover scan.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Dell, New York, August 1974 - 379 pages
 

First Dell Laurel printing.

Die bestialischen Selgkeiten des Balthasar B

Wraps | Rowohlt, Reinbek b., Hamburg 1974 - 315 pages
ISBN 3499117053
 

German translation. Special thanks to Thomas Reginek for information on this edition and cover scan.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, 1974 - 400 pages

5th Penguin printing.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, 1975 - 400 pages

6th Penguin printing.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Dell, New York, November, 1977 - ISBN 0440304717 - 379 pages

2nd Dell Laurel printing.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, 1977 - ISBN 140030565 - 400 pages

7th Penguin printing.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Dell, New York, 1979 - ISBN 0440304717 - 379 pages

3rd Dell Laurel printing.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, 1979 - ISBN 140030565 - 400 pages

8th Penguin printing.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, 1980 - ISBN 140030565 - 400 pages

9th Penguin printing.

Neprijetne blaženosti Balthazarja B

Wraps | Obzorja, 1980 - 472 pages

Slovinian translation.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, 1982 - ISBN 140030565 - 400 pages

10th Penguin printing.

Las Bestiales Bienaventuraanzas de Balthazar B

Wraps | Bruguera (Libro Amigo), Barcelona, 1983

Spanish translation.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, Middlesex, 1983 - ISBN 140030565 - 400 pages

11th Penguin printing.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, London, 1987 - ISBN 140030565 - 400 pages

12th Penguin printing.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Atlantic Monthly Press (now Grove/Atlantic) July, 1988 - ISBN 0871132257 - 400 pages

First AMP printing.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, London, 19?? - ISBN 140030565 - 400 pages

13th Penguin printing. No printing date given.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, London, 19?? - ISBN 140030565 - 400 pages

14th Penguin printing. No printing date given.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, London, 19?? - ISBN 140030565 - 400 pages

15th Penguin printing. No printing date given.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Atlantic Monthly Press (now Grove/Atlantic) 19?? - ISBN 0871132257 - 400 pages
 

2nd AMP printing. No printing date given. Slightly thinner than first printing because of thinner paper.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, London, 19?? - ISBN 140030565 - 400 pages

16th Penguin printing. No printing date given.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Penguin, London, 19?? - ISBN 140030565 - 400 pages

17th Penguin printing. No printing date given.

Les beatitudes bestiales de Balthazar B

Wraps | Folio #987 - an imprint of denoël, Paris, 2000
- 587 pages
 

French translation. Butt-ug;y cover art. Literaly

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Grove Press, New York, May, 2001 - ISBN 0802137962

First Grove printing.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Grove Press, New York, 2003 - ISBN 0802137962

2nd Grove printing.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Grove Press, New York, 2006 - ISBN 0802137962

3rd Grove printing.

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Bezuzdná blahoslavenství Baltazara B.

Argo, Czech Republic, 2009 / 420 pages
ISBN 9788025701508

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 2000

 

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Lilliput Press, Dublin, Ireland, 2011

E-book available in various formats.

Les beatitudes bestiales de Balthazar B

Wraps | denoël, Folio 1977
 

French translation

A warning to anyone who might take this book from the owner without permission.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Grove Press, New York, 2009 - ISBN 0802137962

4th Grove printing.

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B

Wraps | Grove Press, New York, 2014 - ISBN 0802137962

5th Grove printing.