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on September 22, 1998
This is a very good book for the serious collector. The price may seem high but for the wealth of information it provides it is a bargain. This is a new addition with the principle difference over the last addition being updated prices...some of which seem out of line high. Good illustrations. Not every color of a particular model may be represented but they do pretty well trying. Overall, I highly recommend it especially for the new collector.
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on July 15, 2000
Simply put, this book is an essential item for any serious fountain pen enthusiast or collector. To the best my knowledge, only Andreas Lambrou's Fountain Pens of the World compares (or even surpasses it, actually) in scope and depth, and Lambrou's book is twice the price.
Nor is this book limited to the seasoned expert; I first read it as an utter novice and found it delightfully accessible (the plentiful color photos go a long way here.) The only caveat is that - as mentioned by another reviewer - the suggested prices seem very high; it might be a mistake for a neophyte to base purchasing decisions on the listings in this book.
Pass up that aero-filler 51 or that unrestored blurrily-photographed vac major, for the time being, and pick up a copy of this book instead. In the long run, it's a far better investment if you are truly interested in vintage fountain pens.
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on September 7, 2005
I purchased this book for my husband for fathers day and he loved it. There were so many pictures. We could not wait to see if any of his collection was in the book. If you are a pen collector, this is definately the book to have.

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on August 16, 2013
The Amazon Book Description states "represent(s) the whole range of the history and production of fountain pens, from the earliest to the present." This book has a 2008 copyright date, but the most recent information in the Parker section is 1984, a twenty-four year discrepancy.
In addition, I thought the text and photo descriptions in the Parker section was superficial compared with what is available on the internet.
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on April 10, 2013
When my book was thought lost in the mail I contacted this vendor. He immediately called me and helped me to resolve the issue. I'd gladly buy from him again! The book is the bible for pen collectors... there's nothing else like it. The only con that I have is that there was a lot of time spent on Parker, and while that is important, I felt like it was a much longer section than it needed to be. All things are covered, mind you, and this is just a minor quirk for me. I love this book!
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on October 31, 2013
This book is the same edition published in the 1990's with updated prices. It was a disappointment to me because it included little or no new information or pen photos. Even mistakes in photo captions were not corrected. My main criticism for both new and old editions is that the original size is not given for the pens and the pen photos are often not exactly the actual size. Because many pen manufacturers made the same pen in various sizes you can't tell from the photo, whether the pen you have is the more desirable large (or oversize) model. This is a good reference book that could be greatly improved by expert editing.
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on March 10, 2006
It is a big book with lots of information. Not a book for casual collectors. However it is "a must have" book for serious collectors. The first few chapters are especially very useful as they describe essential aspects of collecting pens and things to look for. They also tell the history and evolution of fountain pens. The history of the big pen companies are quite detail and of course there are lots and lots of beautiful photographs of the pens.
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on July 26, 2014
The best!
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