Regarded as one of the greatest novelists of all time, very few writers have been as influential as French literary artist Honoré de Balzac (1799 – 1850). Therefore, Germany’s Montblanc has introduced its Writers Edition 2013 in celebration of the epic contribution to world literature made by this 19th century visionary. The collection of refined limited edition writing instruments pays tribute to the novelist and playwright who delivered around 100 novels and plays collectively known as ‘La Comédie Humaine’.
Regarded as the father of realism, Balzac is renowned for his vivid portrayal of 19th century society with all the complex individuals, objects and environments that made up this fast changing world. The intricate design of these pens echoes the extraordinary attention to detail that was so important to Balzac in his writing.
[one_half]While the enlarged shape of the pen mirrors Balzacʼs bold stature, the clip embellished with turquoise lacquering on its top represents the authorʼs richly decorated walking cane. The platinum and gold-plated rings encircling the instrument, from a fairly simple one at the cone to a sophisticated design at the cap top make reference to the different classes that emerged in French society in the early 19th century, often a central theme in the works of Balzac. As if signed by the author himself, Balzacʼs very own initials “HB” are finely lasered on the rhodium-plated Au 750 gold nib.
The main inspiration for the decoration of this writing masterpiece comes from the Dandyism of 19th century European society, epitomised by the aesthetic decadence and individual elegance of Balzac for whom style was an existential imperative. The precious black resin and grey lacquer of the barrel, with its guilloche refinement, references the typical cutaway of the trousers favoured by refined Parisian men.
Beyond his vast opus, the French author’s influence lives in the works of many famous authors who followed, ranging from Henry James and Dickens to Marcel Proust and Edgar Allen Poe.
Priced at £680.00 (including VAT), the Montblanc Writers Edition 2013 Honoré de Balzac is available in Montblanc boutiques from next month.