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Richard’s Books

Not only do I read books, I also write them. These are the books I have in current publication. All are available as ebooks for multiple device types. Some are also offered as printed books, for the reader who still prefers the aroma and weighty feel of real paper books.

You can read the Kindle or Nook versions of my books on your Mac, Windows PC, Android device, iPhone, or iPad with the appropriate free app.


cover  NEW!  Fountain Pen Profiles: L. E. & A. A. Waterman
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Lewis Edson Waterman was a life insurance salesman. When his new fountain pen threw a blot and ruined a contract, he was moved to invent a fountain pen that would not throw blots, and that was the beginning of the L. E. Waterman Company. True? Or not? (It's not.) Arthur Allan Waterman worked as a traveling salesman for the L. E. Waterman Company for 12 years and then left to start his own pen company. After that, Lewis Waterman and his son Frank both hated Arthur. (That's true.) In this generously illustrated book are profiles of nine pivotal L. E. Waterman fountain pen models from 1917 to 1957, together with a long look at A. A. Waterman's history and pens. Blend in a dash of litigation and some shady (really?) dealings by partners, and you end up with lots of great information and a lively view of business back in the olden days.

cover  NEW!  Fountain Pen Profiles: Wahl-Eversharp
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The world of fountain pens is a big place, with room for everyone who wants to collect or use them, or both. This book is a look at a small part of that world, a “country,” so to speak, where once upon a time there were created many beautiful and functional pens. That country, the Wahl Company, came into the pen world through violence, in a way, by applying economic pressure to a smaller, weaker country whose resource, the Eversharp pencil, it wanted for its own—and took, in 1916. In this generously illustrated book are profiles of eleven Wahl-Eversharp fountain pen models, from the beginning to the end in 1957, when that covetous country passed into history as it was in turn taken over by a yet bigger, more powerful neighbor.

cover The RichardsPens Guide to Fountain Pens, Volume 1: Glossopedia (Second Edition)
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The Glossopedia is a compact glossary/mini-encyclopedia of definitions and descriptions for more than 1400 terms, featuring more than 800 illustrations, more than 140 patent citations linked to their respective patent documents at the Google Patents Web site, and extensive cross-references. It’s an indispensable reference.

cover The RichardsPens Guide to Fountain Pens, Volume 2: Restoration
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Printed, deluxe full-color paperback (7"×10")
Printed, oversize lie-flat coil-bound deluxe full-color paperback (812"×11")
This book is an adjunct to the two excellent existing repair manuals, Marshall/Oldfield and Da Book. It contains material that is often very specific to a particular pen or type of pen, but much of its information can also be applied generally to other pens. Learn what is here, extrapolate from it, and apply your new knowledge to the needs of the pen in your hands at any given moment.

We’re offering a premium full-color perfect-bound paperback through Amazon.com. The inside margin is extra wide so that you can have it punched and put into a 3-ring binder. Or if you’d prefer a larger format that will lie flat on your repair bench, we've arranged with another vendor to supply a special coil-bound edition, as well.


cover The RichardsPens Guide to Fountain Pens, Volume 3: Filling Systems
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In this companion book to my RichardsPens Guide to Fountain Pens, Volume 2: Restoration, I catalog virtually every filling system I’ve encountered, encompassing most fountain pens from the late 1800s to the present. This volume not only outlines the history of fountain pen filling systems from the early days to the 21st century, it also also gives in-depth directions on how to fill these classic pens yourself. Like a friendly neighbor down the street, I give you a step-by-step for all of them. It's like having a veteran fountain pen expert at your side. Illustrated with patent drawings and never-before-seen pictures that explain the behind-the-scenes story of filling system development, this definitive text will serve generations to come.

cover The RichardsPens Guide to Fountain Pens, Volume 4: Learning About Pens
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In my years of collecting and restoring fountain pens, I’ve become pretty well known for my writings on fountain pen history and repair techniques. In this volume, I’m dishing up a goodly serving of information about various aspects of understanding, collecting, and enjoying pens. Beginning collectors and veterans alike will learn something new and exciting about their hobby.

cover 366 Days of World War II
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Printed, deluxe paperback (514"×8")
World War II lasted six years. That’s 2,194 days. What happened in those six years? In this new “diary,” I take a radical new approach to telling the story of the worst conflict humanity has ever experienced. Instead of trying to cover everything, I relate the happenings of just 366 days, the length of a single year. Choosing events great and small from the beginning of the war to its bitter end, I give you a fascinating and sometimes shocking look at things you know from your high-school history and things you may never have heard of. Ebook versions include 6 photos, printed version includes 45 photos.

cover The Curmudgeon’s Dictionary
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From the Foreword: “This dictionary owes its existence to the inspiration provided by the rapier wit and insightful commentary of Ambrose Bierce. The author hopes, in placing this opus before the public, to afford its discriminating readers a healthy chuckle at the expense of those others at whose obvious foibles and frailties these barbs are directed.”
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