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Fountain Pens of the World
By Andreas Lambrou
ISBN 0-302-00668-0
Hard Cover
Published by Classic Pens in December 1995. Reprinted 1998, Reprinted 2005, Reprinted 2014


The success of Fountain Pens Vintage and Modern throughout the world encouraged the author, Andreas Lambrou, to embark on a more substantial reference work. It has taken over three years and an investment of $400,000 to produce Fountain Pens of the World.

Fountain Pens of the World, Classic Pens 1995

Large format, 12 x 9 inches with 448 pages, cloth bound
120,000 words of text provide a comprehensive history throughout the world

Text Box: Table of Contents Color Plates  Foreword  Preface  Introduction  1. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  Brief History and Minor Manufacturers ~ A.A. Waterman ~ Edward Todd ~Aikin Lambert ~  Le Boeuf ~ Triad ~ Diamond Point ~ Carter ~ Waterman ~ Conklin ~ Parker ~ A.T. Cross ~  Sheaffer ~ Wahl Eversharp ~ Chilton  2. UNITED KINGDOM  Brief History and Minor Manufacturers ~ Stephens ~ Mentmore/Platignum ~ Curzon/Summit ~  Wyvern ~Burnham ~ De La Rue ~ Mabie Todd ~ Conway Stewart ~ Parker  3. GERMANY  Brief History and Minor Manufacturers ~ Soennecken ~ Kaweco ~ Osmia ~ Faber-Castell ~  Tropen ~ Rotring ~Lamy ~ Elysee ~ Pelikan ~ Montblanc-Simplo  4. FRANCE  Brief History and Minor Manufacturers ~ Mallat ~ Stylomine ~ Gold Starry ~ Bayard ~ Meteore ~  Edacoto ~ Waterman ~ S.T. Dupont  5. ITALY  Brief History and Minor Manufacturers ~ Ancora ~ Columbus ~ Radius ~ Penco ~ Tabo ~  Nettuno ~ Tibaldi ~ Aurora ~ Montegrappa ~ Omas ~ Visconti  6. THE NETHERLANDS AND BELGIUM  The Netherlands: Brief History and Minor Manufacturers  Belgium: Brief History and Minor Manufacturers  7. JAPAN  Brief History and Minor Manufacturers ~ Swan ~ Oliver ~  S.S.S. (San-Esu) ~ Platon ~ Arabian/Ford ~ Morison ~ Athena ~ Might/Romeo ~  Hakase ~Pilot ~ Platinum ~ Sailor  8. LIMITED EDITIONS AND COMMEMORATIVE ISSUES  Aurora ~ Classic Pens ~ Montblanc ~ Montegrappa ~ Omas ~ Parker ~ Pelikan ~  Elysee ~ Pilot ~ Platinum ~ Sailor ~ Dupont ~ Sheaffer ~ Visconti ~ Waterman  9. MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES  Plastic ~ Metal ~ Wood ~ Lacquer  A Fountain of Nibs  Bibliography  Clubs, Societies and Magazines  Index

Editorial Review:

"To say that this book is the definitive book on fountain pens to date is an understatement..."
Glen B. Bowen - Pen World Magazine
July/August 1995

Fountain Pens of the World details companies and pens that have not been previously published in a book on pens.

Parker UK Duofolds c.1941-c.1945, page 190

In his foreword for the book Richard Leigh, an author in London, wrote:

With the fountain pen once more in vogue, there has been an increasingly pressing need for a definitive book on the subject. It is just such a need that this book addresses. The pages that follow encompass an ambitious and impressive spectrum. They provide a comprehensive yet accessible history of the fountain pen and of its primary manufacturers. They constitute an indispensable manual for collectors, offering an authoritative guide to rare models and worthy investments. They furnish a vivid introduction for the novice, and a welcome compendium for the initiate and devotee. They comprise, in short, the nearest approximation possible to a definitive reference work – an encyclopedia of the fountain pen. And through their copious illustrations and vibrant photographs, they convey, with intense immediacy, just how beautiful an instrument the fountain pen can be”.

Guy Ryecart Photography Limited and Robert Enever Associates, two professional studios specializing in pen photography were commissioned to create the photographs for the book. Guy Ryecart, a creative photographer, traveled with the author in Europe and the USA to capture the photos of rare pens in private collections and company museums. The book contains 170 specially commissioned photographs in full color, the majority full page.

Waterman’s Ideal Fountain Pens, 1898-1910, page 33

Parker Eye Dropper Filler Pens c.1897-c.1913, page 59

Fountain Pens of the World contains the largest number of pens illustrated in a book. The pens are all shown life size and they have a market value of around US $2.5 million.

Montblanc Safeties, c.1921-c.1930, page 259

Montblanc pens c.1930-c.1935, page 263

Custom made Maki-E pens 1987-1991, page 374

A wide variety of period advertisements, several in full color, compliment the text. They recreate the feel of the era when the pens were manufactured.

Parker advertisement, The Lucky Curve Fountain Pen, 1903, page 61

Dunhill-Namiki Maki-E Fountain Pens and Desk Set, 1930, page 365

Lenya Lambrou, daughter of the author, created 100 specially commissioned hand produced line drawings of pens demonstrating the evolution of the fountain pens through the ages in a unique and exciting manner. She also created illustrations of technical drawings for key models.

Pelikan Fountain Pens c.1938-c.1988 showing development of design as well as Pelikan logo
. page 251

Pelikan piston filler mechanism  c.1938 –c.1987, page 250

Limited Editions and Commemorative Issues from around the world are documented in a special chapter. Vivid photographs show the pens in life size and compliment the text.

Montblanc Limited Edition Fountain Pens 1992-1995, page 397

The book has an entire chapter devoted to materials and techniques including lacquering, engraving and plastic identification.


Source and preparation of lacquer, page 440

Dupont Master lacquerer at work, page 441

Guilloche Engraving:

Guilloche engraved patterns on sterling silver, page 443

Plastic Identification:

Spectra of celluloid-based materials for pen manufacture from the 1929-1949, page 426

Print runs

Fountain Pens of the World was first  published in 1995. There were four distinct editions:

Classic Pens Master Edition:

Classic Pens Master Edition 1995

Classic Pens Limited Edition of 1,000 books each numbered and signed by Andreas Lambrou:

Limited Edition Page hand numbered
and signed by the author
Dedication Page

Philip Wilson Zwemmer Edition of 1000 books, not shown, with the Master Edition dust jacket (as above) with the Zwemmer logo.

Parker Pens Edition with customized jacket showing Parker vintage and modern pens:

Parker Customized Edition of 1000 books

In 1998 a reprint of the book was published with two editions: Classic Pens and Philip Wilson. These editions are also sold out.

In 2005 the third edition of the book was published. A new film was created, higher quality paper and more modern printing techniques were used. The new edition of the book is superior than previous editions.

A new dawn commenced in February, 2011 with the formation of our in house publishing company. We are now able to create, publish and offer you quality coffee table size books at a better value for money than before. The new 2014 reprint was created by our in house company with two distinct editions and new ISBN numbers. These are:

Master Trade Edition ISBN #9780957172326



Kaplan Pens and Books Limited Edition 500 copies each hand numbered and signed by Andreas Lambrou ISBN #9780957172333


Lambrou Pens Inc. markets both the Master and Kaplan editions of the book reprint 2014.

“FPOTW. Pretty much every pen collector past the newbie stage recognizes the five-letter abbreviation as a shorthand way of identifying Andreas Lambrou’s compendious Fountain Pens of the World……

……This edition offers superb clarity of both print and photos. The text is easier on the eyes and the finish on the paper allows a substantial improvement in color, accuracy, brilliance and depth of the pen photos……

……I’ve had a copy of FPOTW for years, and I refer to it so frequently that there is no way I can count how many times I’ve had it off the shelf..."
Richard Binder- Pentrace

The retail price of the 2005 print run of Fountain Pens of the World is USD$200.

If you would like any of the sold out editions, please contact us, we may be able to source one for you.

 Author biography

ClipAndreas Lambrou was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1942. He started to collect fountain pens at the age of 12 in his native Cyprus then in England while studying at London University. He is a founder member of the Writing Equipment Society formed in 1980 and served on the Executive as Trade Liaison Officer for fountain pens.  He has written articles for international publications including Pen World, Business Magazine, Vogue, The V.I.P Guide to London, etc. and has catalogued and valued pen museums of international pen manufacturers.

He is an authorized pen restorer and co-founder of Classic Pens Ltd. established in 1987, a company that specializes in the customization of limited edition pens. He is the founder of Classic Pens Inc. established in 1998 in Los Angeles, California.

He has worked with the craftsman Marc Murelli in France and international pen manufacturers and has created exclusive and novel guilloche designs for sterling silver which adorn the Classic Pens CP series of limited edition pens.

The author has worked with his long standing friend Masa Sunami and some of the most respected Maki-E Masters in Japan to create the Classic Pens  LS and AL Signature Collections of Maki-E Art Pens.

A positive working relationship between the author and the artist Paul Rossi since 2000 has resulted in the creation of unique and exquisite Sterling Silver overlays which are part of the Lambrou Rossi Collection.

In 2006, he worked with Paul Rossi to develop and produce the company's Legend™ and Mythos® pen models which are now the canvas of several pen collections of Classic Pens.

He is co-founder of Andreas Lambrou Publishers Ltd. established in 2011, a company that specializes in the creation and publishing of pen history art books.

Andreas Lambrou is recognized as a distinguished pen collector and one of the leading international authorities on fountain pens and their industry worldwide.


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