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With this limited edition Montblanc pays homage to Honoré de Balzac in a writing instrument that is as extraordinary as the writer himself. In its form and design it unmistakeably recalls Balzac’s stature and mode of dress, with his pointed shoes being expressed in the shape of the cone. The black high-grade resin cap and the dark grey body decorated with fine stripes pay tribute to the “cutaway” – an indispensable component of Balzac’s wardrobe. He often carried a magnificently decorated walking stick, which is recalled in the platinum-plated clip with turquoise inlay. The engraved initials of Balzac, in typical lead typesetting letters on the partly rhodium-plated 18 K/750 solid gold nib of the Writers Edition recall the time he spent as an author, printer and publisher. One of the main features of this limited edition are the three rings which symbolise the social classes in 19th century France which Balzac so brilliantly described in his masterpiece "La Comédie humaine": the opulent, gold-coated cap head ring stands for the nobility, the platinum-plated, discreetly decorated cap ring for the bourgeoisie, and the simply worked cone ring for the lower social strata.

The great writer’s signature decorates the cap as a fine engraving, providing the finishing touch to this extraordinary Writers Edition in honour of Honoré de Balzac.

The Writers Edition Honoré de Balzac is only available worldwide in a strictly limited edition – with the Montblanc guarantee which is provided with all our limited editions. The unique quality of each copy is documented by the edition number engraved on the cap.

Limited edition

Introduction:2013
Limited to:
10,000 fountain pens
14,500 ballpoint pens
8,400 rollerballs
1,800 sets consisting of fountain pen, ballpoint pen / rollerball and propelling pencil

Features:
• Partly rhodium plated 18K / 750 solid gold nib with engraved initials of Balzac
• Platinum-plated clip with turquoise inlays
• Gold coated cap head ring, platinum-plated cap ring, platinum-plated brass cone ring
• Black high-grade resin cap with finely engraved signature of Balzac
• Dark grey lacquer body decorated with fine stripes

About

Honoré de Balzac, born on 20 May 1799 in the French town of Tours, refused to become a notary following his first examination in Law at the Sorbonne in Paris, instead devoting himself to his great passion - writing. However, following numerous unsuccessful publications under various pseudonyms, it was not until 1829 that Balzac would achieve his first literary breakthrough. His historical novel “Le dernier Chouan, ou la Bretagne en 1800” (“The last of the Chouans, or Brittany in the year 1800”) was a love story full of intrigue set in the turbulent period after the French Revolution. Over the years that followed, Balzac wrote 91 novels and short stories, which he gathered together under the title “La Comédie humaine”. A masterpiece of world literature which made its creator one of France’s greatest writers, one who through his restless zeal drew such a comprehensive and realistic portrait of the customs and morals of French society. Yet it was never completed. Honoré de Balzac died on 18 August 1850 in Paris.

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With this limited edition Montblanc pays homage to Honoré de Balzac in a writing instrument that is as extraordinary as the writer himself. In its form and design it unmistakeably recalls Balzac’s stature and mode of dress, with his pointed shoes being expressed in the shape of the cone. The black high-grade resin cap and the dark grey body decorated with fine stripes pay tribute to the “cutaway” – an indispensable component of Balzac’s wardrobe. He often carried a magnificently decorated walking stick, which is recalled in the platinum-plated clip with turquoise inlay. The engraved initials of Balzac, in typical lead typesetting letters on the partly rhodium-plated 18 K/750 solid gold nib of the Writers Edition recall the time he spent as an author, printer and publisher. One of the main features of this limited edition are the three rings which symbolise the social classes in 19th century France which Balzac so brilliantly described in his masterpiece "La Comédie humaine": the opulent, gold-coated cap head ring stands for the nobility, the platinum-plated, discreetly decorated cap ring for the bourgeoisie, and the simply worked cone ring for the lower social strata.

The great writer’s signature decorates the cap as a fine engraving, providing the finishing touch to this extraordinary Writers Edition in honour of Honoré de Balzac.

The Writers Edition Honoré de Balzac is only available worldwide in a strictly limited edition – with the Montblanc guarantee which is provided with all our limited editions. The unique quality of each copy is documented by the edition number engraved on the cap.

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