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a wonderful book by christophe larquemin
namiki pens as you have never seen them before
the magic of these fabulous objects is conveyed by the editorial originality combined with the technical aspects, the sumptuous page layouts and some astonishing pictures of japan. this work also uses an incredible photographic technique that gives a panoramic view of the pen's design, laid out flat like a map of the world. it offers a totally new view of namiki decorations in their entirety, showing the relief of the lacquer work, not be visible to the naked eye. even at this level of close-up detail it will not surprise you to learn that the precision of the designs is perfect.
an already extremely sought-after limited edition
this is both a reference work and an art book just 500 copies will be published in french, and 1000 in english. it is one of the very few books on this subject. there are photos of more than 120 pens.
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in 1925 the relatively new japanese firm, namiki manufacturing co. ltd. launched a bold new art form - lacquered pens. by applying the centuries-old lacquer technique, makie (sprinkled picture using metal or colored powder) to their pen line, the tokyo-based manufacturer caused a stir within the writing instrument industry. with offices abroad, including london, and an ongoing advertising campaign, the pens were soon retailing in some of the world's leading stores, including alfred dunhill ltd. which eventually became its worldwide distributor.
only 2,000 hand numbered copied of namiki: the art of japanese lacquer pens have been printed and only a few copies remain.