Montblanc‘s dedication to craftsmanship and artistic expression is manifest in the exquisite Montblanc Writers Editions. These editions are more than mere pens; they are tributes to the literary giants who have sculpted the landscape of literature and culture. One such remarkable edition is the Montblanc Writers Edition Homage to Robert Louis Stevenson, a celebration of the Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer whose stories have etched themselves into the fabric of world literature.
Robert Louis Stevenson, born in 1850, traversed the realms of adventure and horror through his words. He crafted stories that have woven themselves into the very essence of culture. From the classic “Treasure Island” to the chilling “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,” Stevenson’s tales have transcended time. Born and educated in Edinburgh, Scotland, Stevenson’s life was marred by persistent bronchial illness. Despite this, he remained dedicated to his craft, penning stories and traveling extensively. A true celebrity in his time, he sought refuge in Samoa due to his health and left an indelible mark on the island’s populace. He passed away at a mere 44 years of age, leaving behind a legacy that would inspire generations.
The Montblanc Writers Edition Homage to Robert Louis Stevenson consists of four unique editions, each meticulously designed to capture the essence of Stevenson’s life and works, particularly his masterpiece, “Treasure Island.” The design of the writing instruments resonates with the maritime and adventurous themes of Stevenson’s novels.
Drawing inspiration from sailors’ spyglasses and pirates’ lore, the instruments are crafted with attention to every detail. The cone of the pen, reminiscent of a spyglass’s opening, is a nod to the seafaring tales that Stevenson wove. The skull and crossbones, an iconic emblem of piracy, adorn each edition, paying homage to the pirates that populated “Treasure Island.” The compass rose, a symbol of navigation, maps the journey to the legendary treasure in the novel.
Writers Edition Homage to Robert Louis Stevenson – Limited Edition
The cap and barrel of this edition are crafted from special resin, complemented by platinum-coated elements. The cap showcases a pattern reminiscent of a treasure chest, and the barrel features the classic “X” that marks a treasure’s location on a map. The solid gold nib is adorned with the moniker “TUSITALA,” symbolizing Stevenson’s love for storytelling.
Limited Edition 1883
Crafted from metal and precious lacquer, this edition is a tribute to the year of “Treasure Island’s” publication. The barrel depicts the ship “Hispaniola,” with a mechanism that transforms the flag from the British Red Ensign to the Jolly Roger, marking the pirates’ takeover. The cap bears the inscription “UNDER THE STARRY SKY,” reflecting themes of duality found in Stevenson’s works.
Limited Edition 94
Inspired by a banknote issued in Stevenson’s honor, this edition features sterling silver and gold with lacquer inlays. Hand engravings of pirate symbols and the silhouette of the “Casco” ship adorn the pen. The bi-colour gold nib is embossed with TUSITALA and a palm leaf, reminiscent of Stevenson’s Pacific Island sojourn.
Limited Edition 8
A masterpiece of craftsmanship, this edition boasts a 3-D engraved cap with a skull and black sapphires. Engravings from “Treasure Island” grace the cap, while the barrel is shaped like Captain Flint’s ship, the “WALRUS.” GPS coordinates of Stevenson’s island hideaway are concealed within. The solid gold nib reveals TUSITALA amid palm leaves.
Montblanc’s Writers Edition Homage to Robert Louis Stevenson encapsulates the essence of a writer whose words have stood the test of time. These instruments are not mere writing tools; they are gateways to the stories and adventures that Stevenson conjured. With every stroke, the pens pay homage to the literary genius, reminding us of the power of storytelling. As these limited editions find their way into the hands of enthusiasts and collectors, they continue the journey that Stevenson himself embarked upon – an odyssey through the boundless realm of imagination.
Starting from August 2023, the Montblanc Writers Edition Homage to Robert Louis Stevenson will be available at Montblanc boutiques and online.
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