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Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 383

Montblanc, “Writers Edition”, Ref. 28815, made in 2015
“Leo Tolstoy”, limited edition, No. 2 779 / 9 000

CHF 1,000 - 1,300

EUR 900 - 1,200 / USD 1,100 - 1,450 / HKD 8,400 - 11,200

Fountain-pen with medium 18K rhodium-plated yellow gold nib engraved with the Tolstoy family coat-of-arms (dated 2015)
Original fitted box and outer box, “Leo Tolstoy” booklets and guarantee (dated October 21, 2015)

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Brand Montblanc


Montblanc, “Leo Tolstoy”
Montblanc created this pen in 2015 in honour of Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), in a limited and numbered edition of 9 000 examples. The twenty-fourth of Montblanc’s “Writers Edition”.
The pen’s design evokes Tolstoy’s work in the fields. The barrel of the pen is hand-worked, hammered and silver plated.
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.
Tolstoy, Lev Nikolayevich, Count, usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy
September 9 [O.S. August, 28], 1828 – November 20 [O.S. November 7], 1910
Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906 and for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902, and 1909. That he never won is a major controversy. Born to an aristocratic Russian family in 1828, Tolstoy is best known for the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1878), often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction. He first achieved literary acclaim in his twenties with his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (1852-1856), and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based upon his experiences in the Crimean War. His fiction includes dozens of short stories and several novellas such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886), Family Happiness (1859), and Hadji Murad (1912). He also wrote plays and numerous philosophical essays. In the 1870s Tolstoy experienced a profound moral crisis, followed by what he regarded as an equally profound spiritual awakening, as outlined in his non-fiction work A Confession (1882). His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him to become a fervent Christian anarchist and pacifist. His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You (1894), had a profound impact on such pivotal 20th-century figures as Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) and Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968). He also became a dedicated advocate of Georgism, the economic philosophy of Henry George (1839-1897), which he incorporated into his writing, particularly Resurrection (1899).


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