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Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 380

Montblanc, “Writers Edition”, Ref. 28793, made in 2012
“Jonathan Swift”, limited edition, No. 02 655 / 12 800

CHF 550 - 650

EUR 500 - 600 / USD 600 - 750 / HKD 4,700 - 5,600

Fountain-pen with medium 18K rhodium-plated yellow gold nib engraved with the march of the army of the emperor of Lilliput between Gulliver’s legs (dated 2012)
Original fitted box and outer box, “Jonathan Swift” booklet and guarantee (dated August 8, 2012)

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Brand Montblanc


Montblanc, “Jonathan Swift”
Montblanc created this pen in 2012 in honour of Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), in a limited and numbered edition of 12 800 examples. The twenty-first of Montblanc’s “Writers Edition”.
The pen’s design evokes the Gulliver’s Travels. The pen is made of black lacquer with platinum-plated inlays. The cap is reminiscent of Gulliver’s hat. The clip symbolises the stairs that the mayor of Lilliput had to climb to talk to Gulliver.
The ball-point-pen was produced in a limited and numbered edition of … 000 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 … 000 examples.
Swift, Jonathan
November 30, 1667 – October 19, 1745
Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet and Anglican cleric who became Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, hence his common sobriquet, “Dean Swift”. Swift is remembered for works such as A Tale of a Tub (1704), An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity (1712), Gulliver’s Travels (1726), and A Modest Proposal (1729). He is regarded by the Encyclopædia Britannica as the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. He originally published all of his works under pseudonyms – such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M. B. Drapier – or anonymously. He was a master of two styles of satire, the Horatian and Juvenalian styles. His deadpan, ironic writing style, particularly in A Modest Proposal, has led to such satire being subsequently termed “Swiftian”.


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