This lavishly illustrated book is the first of a three-volume series on the history of the fountain pen and its primary manufacturers throughout the world. This volume contains over five hundred full-colour photographs of the most important and some previously unpublished pens from the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Each pen is reproduced individually and to actual size for ease of identification, making the book the ideal reference guide for both the collector and the enthusiast. Many original, specially commissioned, hand produced line drawings present the pens in an exciting and informative manner. The authoritative and comprehensive text as well as period advertisements complement the illustrations and provide up-to-date and detailed information on the history of the fountain pen and its industry in the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
About the author
- Authoritative and comprehensive text on the history of the fountain pen and its industry in the United States of America and United Kingdom
- Companies and pens previously unpublished in a book on fountain pens
- 540 individual colour plates of pens represent the models more faithfully than ever before
- The highest quality professional photographs illustrate the pens life-size for easy identification
- 60 specially commissioned hand produced line drawings of pens demonstrate the evolution of the fountain pen through the ages in a unique and exciting manner
- Period advertisements complement the text and photographs
Andreas Lambrou is recognized as a distinguished pen collector and one of the leading
international authorities on fountain pens and their industry worldwide. He started collecting pens at the age of 12, in his native Cyprus. He is a founder member of the Writing Equipment Society formed in 1980, and has served on the Executive as Trade Liaison Officer for fountain pens. He has written articles for international publications including Pen World. Business Magazine, The V.I.P. Guide to London, Vogue, etc., and has catalogued and valued pen museums of international pen manufacturers.
He is an authorized pen restorer and co-founder of Classic Pens Ltd., established in 1987, a company that specializes in the customization of limited edition pens through a fruitful working cooperation with international pen manufacturers. Andreas Lambrou has created exclusive and novel guilloche designs for sterling silver which adorn the Classic Pens CP series of Limited Edition pens.
His first book, Fountain Pens Vintage and Modern. (Sotheby's, 1989) has come to be recognized as the definitive work on the history of fountain pens and their industry. It is the most successful book on the subject having sold 40,000 copies in five languages. His second book, Fountain Pens of the World, (Classic Pens Ltd., 1995) contains the largest selection of pens ever published in professional full colour reproduction. It is recognized as the nearest approximation to an encyclopaedia and the most important book ever published on fountain pens.
1st edition 2000, Hb, 256 pp, 540 colour illustrations, 60 hand produced line drawing's, 25.3 x I844 cm