Montblanc Honore de Balzac Writers Limited Edition Rollerball Pen – only 8400 rollerball pens were produced and this is number 5871. The pen has never been used and as such the pen is in virtually as new condition. The stamped paperwork confirms first purchase from Selfridges. The pen is fitted with a black rollerball refill. There is a small crack in the interior lining of the presentation box and this is shown in the photos.
This edition features the current style book box, which has a symbol of the Writers Edition packaging since the very beginning. These newer boxes now take the shape of a hardback book and come with a thick outer case.
Launched in 2013, as the yearly offering for the Montblanc Writers Edition, the Honore de Balzac is a tribute to this legendary French novelist and playwright. There are so many subtle nods to both his character and style of dress, including the shape of his shoes being reflected in the barrel cone. The black resin cap and the grey body are decorated with stripes, which pay tribute to the “cutaway” – one of the most important components of Balzac’s wardrobe. He is renowned for carrying a lavishly decorated walking stick, which is portrayed by the platinum-plated clip with turquoise inlay.
One of the most significant design points are the three rings, which are supposed to symbolise the social classes in 19th century France – brilliantly described in his masterpiece “La Comédie humaine”. The, gold-plated clip 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 important details are as follows…
Condition: Virtually As New
Limitation Number 5871 / 8400
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