The success of Fountain Pens Vintage and Modern throughout the world encouraged the author, Andreas Lambrou, to embark on a more substantial reference work. It has taken over three years and an investment of $400,000 to produce Fountain Pens of the World.
Large format, 12 x 9 inches with 448 pages, cloth bound
120,000 words of text provide a comprehensive history throughout the world.
"To say that this book is the definitive book on fountain pens to date is an understatement..." Glen B. Bowen - Pen World Magazine July/August 1995
Fountain Pens of the World details companies and pens that have not been previously published in a book on pens.
The chapters cover:
United States of America, including A. A. Waterman, Edward Todd, Aiken Lambert, Le Boeuf, Triad, Diamond Point, Carter, Waterman, Conklin, Parker, A. T. Cross, Sheaffer, Wahl Eversharp and Chilton
United Kingdom, including Stephens, Mentmore/Platiignum, Curzon/Summit, Wyvern, Burnham, De La Rue, Mabie Todd, Conway Stewart, and Parker
Germany, including Soennecken,Kaweco, Osmia, Faber-Castell, Tropen, Rotring, Lamy, Elysee, Pelikan, and Montblanc-Simplo
France, including Mallat, Stylomine, Gold Starry, Bayard, Meteore, Edacoto, Waterman, S. T. Dupont
Italy, including Ancora, Columbus, Radius, Penco, Tabo, Nettuno, Tibaldi, Aurora, Montegrappa, Omas, and Visconti
The Netherlands and Belgium
Japan, including Swan, Oliver, S.S.S. San-Esu, Platon, Arabian/Ford, Morison, Athena, Might/Romeo, Hakase, Pilot, Platinum and Sailor
Limited Editions and Commemorative Editions, including Aurora, Classic Pens, Montblanc, Montegrappa, Omas, Parker, Pelikan, Elysee, Pilot, Platinum, Sailor, Dupont, Sheaffer, Visconti and Waterman
Materials and Techniques
In his foreword for the book Richard Leigh, an author in London, wrote:
“With the fountain pen once more in vogue, there has been an increasingly pressing need for a definitive book on the subject. It is just such a need that this book addresses. The pages that follow encompass an ambitious and impressive spectrum. They provide a comprehensive yet accessible history of the fountain pen and of its primary manufacturers. They constitute an indispensable manual for collectors, offering an authoritative guide to rare models and worthy investments. They furnish a vivid introduction for the novice, and a welcome compendium for the initiate and devotee. They comprise, in short, the nearest approximation possible to a definitive reference work – an encyclopedia of the fountain pen. And through their copious illustrations and vibrant photographs, they convey, with intense immediacy, just how beautiful an instrument the fountain pen can be”.
Guy Ryecart Photography Limited and Robert Enever Associates, two professional studios specializing in pen photography were commissioned to create the photographs for the book. Guy Ryecart, a creative photographer, traveled with the author in Europe and the USA to capture the photos of rare pens in private collections and company museums. The book contains 170 specially commissioned photographs in full color, the majority full page.