“Rough draft” might be too generous. It’s more like a “rough compilation”—396 pages so far, with at least as many to go. This copy is a one-off.
Toward the beginning is the Faber family tree I’ve cobbled together, though it’s still a work-in-progress. (My claim is that the tree is accurate to within one Lothar, ± an Eberhard.)
An engraving of the first Eberhard Faber Company storefront, and a scan of an agreement from 1882 between Lothar von Faber and Eberhard Faber for the use of “A.W.F.”
The original patent for attaching an eraser by means of a ferrule.
A couple of Fabers: Lothar Washington and Eberhard III.
Some advertising: I wish I could find an original print of this particular ad.
Scans of a monograph written by Eberhard Faber II in 1917, “The History of the Lead Pencil.”
Some reproductions from the 1923 company catalog.
Some patent drawings are included, along with photos I’ve taken of the actual objects.
Some examples of company graphic design, after many hours of restoration and touch-up.
Some of my Blackwing-related photos.
The cover art is going to change at some point, but I’m warming up to this design.