The Montblanc Writers Edition celebrates the literary giants who have made their mark on world literature through the power and artistry of their writing. The new limited edition pays tribute to the creative talent and cultural legacy of Victor Marie Hugo (1802 – 1885). Considered one of the greatest French Romantic writers, the novelist, poet, dramatist and illustrator developed his own distinctive style of imaginative realism, pairing realistic elements with abundant symbolism. Hugo firmly believed that his mission as a writer was to defend the less fortunate members of society by documenting injustice, using his work to champion the social and political causes of his time. Among his many achievements, he was elected to the Académie française in 1841, testament to his influence on French arts and letters.
While he wrote prolifically in all genres, he is best known around the world for his novels Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris (‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame’), that have been adapted in many different versions and have earned an enduring place in popular culture. These two colossal works of French literature have inspired the design of the limited edition Montblanc writing instruments. In addition to storytelling elements drawn from the novels, the collection also pays homage to the author’s personal and private life with elegant references to Hauteville House, his beautifully decorated home in Guernsey.
Crafted in the Montblanc Ateliers, four different editions bring to life the magic of Hugo’s works from the imposing architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to the compelling characters of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables.
Montblanc Writers Edition Homage to Victor Hugo Limited Edition 1831
This platinum-coated metal and red lacquer edition features details from the story of Jean Valjean, the principal character in Les Misérables who illustrates Hugo’s theories about the redemptive power of compassion and love.
- Cap and barrel design reminiscent of the Gothic architecture of the Notre Dame de Paris featuring a skeleton overlay with translucent red lacquer underneath, a colour inspired by the prison outfit Jean Valjean is given
- Cap decorated with Central Rosace, evoking the rose window of the Notre Dame Cathedral
- Numbers 24601 and 9430 featured on the cap are the prisoner numbers assigned to Jean Valjean during his first and second time of being imprisoned.
- Cap top engraved with the quote “Chaque homme dans sa nuit s'en va vers sa lumière” (Each man in his darkness goes towards his light”) from Hugo’s Les Contemplations, tells the story of redemption
- Cone ring features a special engraving similar to decorations on the balcony of the cathedral and a single chain link, a reference to Quasimodo’s chains
- The yellow colour on the bottom of the cone is a reference to the yellow passport that Valjean is given when he leaves prison, a reminder of his status as a convict Montblanc emblem crowns the edition in mother-of-pearl
- 18 carat Au750 solid gold rhodium-coated nib adorned with a special engraving of a gargoyle from the Cathedral of Notre-Dame
- Limitation number of 1831 marks the year Notre Dame de Paris was first published Limited to 1831 fountain pens, and 1831 rollerballs.