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    Martins, Leite & Gagean: The Chronicle of the Fountain Pen. This is by far the best effort at an international history of the development of the fountain pen.
    I have that one, but alas, i donít have it with me now. Aargh.

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    The Chronicle of the Fountain Pen is currently my only fountain pen book - it contained a picture of a rare pen someone else was asking about (yellow ripple Mabie Todd) and I found the timelines made it very interesting to just read.

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    This is a book I enjoy, because it covers more than just 20th-century fountain pens. Yes, the author is the same as the Marshall-Oldfield repair book.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sgphoto View Post
    Deb recommended Pen Repair by Jim Marshall and Laurence Oldfield. On Amazon US, the price is $120 and up as it's O.P.

    There was a 4th edition reprint scheduled for April 2020, but I would assume that's been put on the back burner.

    I would expect the used book prices to fall in the next months.

    Prices are falling in the Antiquarian book markets and this will happen for other books too.

    I see where Richard Binder's books are available on Kindle. That might be worth a look.
    I bought Jim Marshall's 4th edition from him at the Ohio Pen Show, and he told me it was his last copy.

    Although Richard Binder does update things from time to time, I really need to tie it down and get a paper copy. After all, the internet is ephemeral, and one day I will try going to his website and it just won't be there.

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    I have no doubt that will be an excellent book, Fred. Doesn't seem to be available anywhere. Waterstones prices it at £60 but doesn't have a copy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb View Post
    I have no doubt that will be an excellent book, Fred. Doesn't seem to be available anywhere. Waterstones prices it at £60 but doesn't have a copy.
    I bought that one from Jim at a pen show some time ago. It is copyrighted 2014. ISBN No. 978-0-9927670-0-6. Only 300 copies, with profits going to Cumbrian Cerebral Palsy. It was printed by H&H Reeds Printers in Penrith, www.hhreedsprinters.co.uk. Perhaps they have a couple copies laying around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    This is a book I enjoy, because it covers more than just 20th-century fountain pens. Yes, the author is the same as the Marshall-Oldfield repair book.
    I purchased a copy from Jim in LA a couple years ago and he signed it as well. What a nice man and this book is the perfect book to pick up occasionally and just browse. One of the interesting corners he goes into is the history of pen collecting and the relatively recent timeline. Good stuff.
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    This is going to be an expensive thread - I'm making a list of these books to find and buy.

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    This is going to be an expensive thread - I'm making a list of these books to find and buy.
    Oh, they can definitely be expensive because almost all of them are limited run pressings, and can fetch a high price even when new. Jim Marshall has never sold his books as high-priced 'boutique' items, something that can't be said for other.... ahem, noted authors. Nonetheless, they are great resources that have yet to be duplicated online. The wealth of large format, great pen photos combined with in-depth writing is something I have a very hard time resisting!

    And the "Chronicle" book that Deb posted? That got mentioned in another thread last year and I *had* to track down a copy. What a massively interesting book, and again, great pen photos.

    Shit, I think I'm going to spend some downtime reading today!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    This is a book I enjoy, because it covers more than just 20th-century fountain pens. Yes, the author is the same as the Marshall-Oldfield repair book.


    The last time I saw him was at a pen show, he had a huge collection of vintage rod stock, they were about 5 -6 feet long. I had gone to the show on a Norton but I was still thinking, could I tuck the rods under my arm for the journey home. I decided I would look like Sir Lancelot going into battle and so I gave them a miss.

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    This book, Waterman Past and Present, The First Six Decades, makes me sad. When it was known to be in production there was much excited anticipation. Max Davis, with all his long and encyclopaedic knowledge of Waterman, should have brought us the ultimate Waterman book. Instead, we have this.

    What's wrong with it? Essentially it's a coffee table book. The many photographs of Waterman pens vary from average to very good but for the most part that's all it is: photographs. The two-page introduction brings us nothing new. The same is true of the other brief scraps of text throughout the book.

    It can be useful for identifying some Waterman pens but it is hardly a good coverage of this hugely important marque. It is to be hoped that someone will go ahead and bring out the real Waterman book one day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgphoto View Post
    This is going to be an expensive thread - I'm making a list of these books to find and buy.
    There's a lot more to come!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb View Post


    This book, Waterman Past and Present, The First Six Decades, makes me sad. When it was known to be in production there was much excited anticipation. Max Davis, with all his long and encyclopaedic knowledge of Waterman, should have brought us the ultimate Waterman book. Instead, we have this.

    What's wrong with it? Essentially it's a coffee table book. The many photographs of Waterman pens vary from average to very good but for the most part that's all it is: photographs. The two-page introduction brings us nothing new. The same is true of the other brief scraps of text throughout the book.

    It can be useful for identifying some Waterman pens but it is hardly a good coverage of this hugely important marque. It is to be hoped that someone will go ahead and bring out the real Waterman book one day.
    There was a reasonably good Waterman website, a little in the style of the Jonathan Donahaye CS site but not as comprehensive, I havent seen it referenced for some years, I think that it was Max Davis' own site, it may have been taken down.
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    This is going to be an expensive thread - I'm making a list of these books to find and buy.
    There's a lot more to come!
    That's what I'm afraid of! Maybe Trump will send me my payment real soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    This is a book I enjoy, because it covers more than just 20th-century fountain pens. Yes, the author is the same as the Marshall-Oldfield repair book.


    The last time I saw him was at a pen show, he had a huge collection of vintage rod stock, they were about 5 -6 feet long. I had gone to the show on a Norton but I was still thinking, could I tuck the rods under my arm for the journey home. I decided I would look like Sir Lancelot going into battle and so I gave them a miss.
    How many pages in this book? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgphoto View Post
    How many pages in this book? Thanks.
    292pp plus flyleaves

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sgphoto View Post
    How many pages in this book? Thanks.
    292pp plus flyleaves
    Small print, too!

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    Default Re: Fountain Pen Books

    You do realize, of course, that this thread will drive up the price of this book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    You do realize, of course, that this thread will drive up the price of this book.
    Shut up while I finish photocopying mine to get it in the queue...



















    (What's a poor boy to do? At least I know my original purchase went to Jim Marshall's charity cause.)
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    Default Re: Fountain Pen Books

    The Marshall and Oldfield repair book 4th edition seems to be available on Laurence Oldfields website at £30 ($50)

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