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Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 371

Montblanc, “Writers Edition”, Ref. 8492, made in 2003

“Jules Verne”, limited edition, No. 12 170 / 18 500

CHF 900 - 1,100

EUR 800 - 1,000 / USD 1,000 - 1,200 / HKD 7,500 - 9,300

Fountain-pen with medium 18K rhodium-plated gold nib engraved with a diving suit helmet (dated 2003)

Original fitted box and outer box, “Jules Verne” booklet and guarantee (dated October 9, 2003)

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Brand Montblanc


Montblanc, “Jules Verne”

Montblanc created this pen in 2003 in honour of Jules Verne (1828-1905), in a limited and numbered edition of 18 500 examples. The twelfth of Montblanc’s “Writers Edition”.

The pen decorated with wave-patterned guilloché (engine-turned) overlaid in blue enamel with platinum-plated mountings; a reference to Verne’s classic Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

The ball-point-pen was produced in a limited and numbered edition of 16 500 examples.

The mechanical pencil was produced in a limited and numbered edition of … 000 examples.

A set of three writing instruments, comprising a fountain-pen, a ball-point-pen and a mechanical pencil, was produced in a limited and numbered edition of 4 500 examples.


Verne, Jules-Gabriel
February 8, 1828 – March 24, 1905

French novelist, poet, and playwright. His collaboration with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel (1814-1886) led to the creation of the Voyages extraordinaires, a series of bestselling adventure novels including Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1872). Verne is considered to be an important author in France and most of Europe, where he has had a wide influence on the literary avant-garde and on surrealism. His reputation was markedly different in anglophone regions where he had often been labelled a writer of genre fiction or children’s books, largely because of the highly abridged and altered translations in which his novels have often been printed. Since the 1980s, his literary reputation has improved. Verne has been the second most-translated author in the world since 1979, ranking between Agatha Christie (1890-1976) and William Shakespeare (1564-1616). He has sometimes been called the “Father of Science Fiction”.


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