As a brand firmly anchored in writing culture, Montblanc makes it its cultural duty to pay tribute to the most distinguished authors and luminaries who have shaped human thought with the power of their words. With its Writers Edition issued every year since 1992, Montblanc remembers the literary icons of history and their legacies with exquisitely crafted writing instruments. The Writers Edition 2012 is dedicated to British-Irish writer Jonathan Swift: writer, poet and essayist often considered the most important prose satirist in the English language, and creator of the satiric masterpiece: “Gulliver’s Travels”.
The Writer’s Edition brings to life the fantastical world created by Swift and inhabited by his hero Gulliver. The overall design draws inspiration from “Gulliver’s Travels”, and in particular the Lilliput episode, Gulliver’s first voyage. The barrel is made of black lacquer and decorated with multilayered inlays reminiscent of the ropes that were used to bind Gulliver at the beach of Lilliput island.
The cap is made of precious black resin, and shaped like Gulliver’s tricorn – a typical tradesman three-cornered hat popular in the 18th century. It bears the signature of Jonathan Swift. A platinum-plated clip depicts the staircase the mayor of Lilliput had to climb to be able to talk to Gulliver. Finally, the instrument’s delicately designed rhodium-plated 18K gold nib is decorated with an elaborate engraving showing the imperial army of Lilliput marching between Gulliver’s legs.
The Writers Edition Jonathan Swift is only available in a strictly limited edition worldwide, with an issue number engraved on the cap as a guarantee of its uniqueness. With this uniquely crafted piece, Montblanc reinforces Swift’s unmistakable influence on culture and modern thought. Montblanc - a story to tell.
The Writers Edition is available in Fountain pen, Rollerball, Ballpoint Pen and Mechanical Pencil (set only) from August 2012 in Montblanc boutiques worldwide.