Montblanc presents the Limited Writers Edition 2011, an intricately crafted piece celebrating the Italian author Carlo Collodi, the creator of literature’s most enduring children’s characters: Pinocchio. Collodi’s imaginary story of the wooden puppet in search of boyhood has enchanted generations and has been the subject of numerous adaptations in film, art and theater. ‘The Adventure of Pinocchio’ is perhaps regarded as the most recognized children’s story in Western civilization.
As the custodian of writing culture, Montblanc created the first Limited Writers Edition in 1992 to honor literary icons who in their lifetime made an indelible mark on cultural history through the power and beauty of their words. Some of the greatest past masters of literature have seen a limited edition writing instrument dedicated to them from Voltaire to Dickens, or Dostoevsky to Proust. Collodi will now join this exclusive group with the launch of dedicated writing instruments.
Carlo Collodi, born Carlo Lorenzini, on 24 November 1826 in Florence, grew up in modest circumstances as the son of a cook and a chambermaid. Collodi was fortunate to have his education financed by his parents’ employer who made it possible for him to go on and study philosophy and rhetoric. Having worked as a librarian, translator, novelist, author, political writer and a period in the army, he published his own satirical newspaper Il Lampione, which sharply opposed the Austrian occupation. To avoid possible persecution in 1860, he took the name of Collodi, after the Tuscan village in which his mother was born. Under his pseudonym, Collodi was set out to pen one of the few masterpieces of children’s literature: The Adventures of Pinocchio, published in 1883. The fabulous adventures of the mischievous wooden puppet Pinocchio achieved an international breakthrough in the 20th century. When he died in 1890 in Florence, the author was unaware of the overwhelming success his work would enjoy globally.
The Montblanc Limited Writers Edition Carlo Collodi is the master craftsman’s tribute to a master of children’s literature. Every detail of the limited edition is carefully designed to reflect Collodi’s epic masterpiece. The primary material is a dark-brown precious resin, the book’s colourful
characters including the voracious whale, the loyal cricket, the shady fox, the deceitful cat and the good fairy are featured on the skeletonised cap overlay. A screw set into the clip symbolises the joints of the famous marionette, while the cone is reminiscent of Pinocchio’s legendary growing nose. The limitation number and Collodi’s signature adorn the top of the cap, while the cricket on the 18K champagnegold nib completes this edition of most precious fountain pens.
The Montblanc Limited Writers Edition 2011 Carlo Collodi will be available in Montblanc boutiques worldwide from August 1st , 2011. Montblanc Limited Writers Editions are sought after by connoisseurs and avid collectors worldwide. Increasing their rarity and value is the unique handcrafting involved in their production process. The manufacturing tools, specially developed for the production of every Montblanc Limited Edition are destroyed at the end of each production run to make reproduction forever impossible. www.montblanc.com