520 pages, 600+ illustrations, and published by Collection Rolf Heyne in Germany.
A4 hardcover with green cloth boards, the publisher’s name is embossed near the bottom:
Among the many (exquisitely printed) plates are pages from a 19th-century A.W. Faber catalog, which Faber-Castell has scanned and posted online. Seeing these in print—even reduced in size—convinces me how great a printed facsimile edition would be (is it too soon to ask for another book?). Even something A5 in size, similar to the Graf von Faber-Castell catalogs, would have a wide appeal and could be a premium with a very long shelf life:
A small selection of products offered by Johann Faber:
Some of the many iterations of the Castell 9000:
Imagine this as a pop-up book:
This English edition, like the German edition, is organized chronologically and provides a timeline for the Faber and Castell families, alongside contemporaneous events in world history:
There are chapters devoted to each of the eight generations of Fabers and Faber-Castells:
There are a few pages about the Eberhard Faber Company in America, including a Blackwing cameo:
Faber-Castell Since 1761 is less a compendium of pencils, pens, and slide rules as it is the “history of a pencil dynasty.” In other words, a great deal of attention is devoted to people and places along with the products—including lengthy branches of the family tree. In my estimation though, tracing through those branches helps to better understand the roots—of the company, and how they supported over 250 years of growth.
Special thanks to Faber-Castell for sending a copy ‘Faber-Castell Since 1761’.