My name is Letizia Iacopini.
My interest for vintage fountain pens arose in the late 1980s.
In 1990 I was one of the founders of the pen collectors’ club “Italian Academy for Fountain Pens,” the first such association in Italy.
During those years I took care of the Association and its publication Stilomania, organized pen shows and educational initiatives for collectors and focused my personal interest on the history of Italian fountain pens.
My first book on Italian fountain pens, was written in 1996: “Tibaldi: A History of Pens, a History of Men" published by Allemandi.
During the 1990s I cooperated in the production of various pen books on the history of fountain pens, including: “Omas" by Emilio Dolcini; “Aurora” by Luca de Ponti; and "Fountain Pens of the World" by Andrew Lambrou, among others.
In 1998 I wrote and published the book “Waterman Safety - The Art of Overlay in Italy” in cooperation with Maurizio Dansi and Enzo Verduci. The book is dedicated in its entirety to Waterman safeties with Italian overlays.
In 1999 I finished the first volume of the “History of the Italian Fountain Pens (A-N)." The second volume (O-Z) was published in 2000, completing the work of classifying Italian trademarks.
Concurrently I wrote several articles for the Italian pen magazine “Penna” and cooperated with Tom Westerich on a series of booklets for the Italian pen maker Stipula with the title “50 Years of Excellence in Pens."
In 2005 I wrote the historical section of the book “Tibaldi," published by Mondadori.
My most recent book, “Parker in Italy 1900 - 1960,” was published in the summer of 2017.
I am presently committed to fountain pens full-time and attend the most important pen conventions in Italy and abroad. I offer pen counseling to collectors all over the world, I catalogue collections, make expert evaluations, and continue to write.
NOTE: Because of several writing mistakes in the past, documents of my family relatives sometimes show the name Jacopini with “J” and sometimes Iacopini with “I”. A few years ago all documents were corrected and my family name was definitely registered as “Iacopini” with “I”. Unfortunately now some of my books result as written by Letizia Jacopini and some by Letizia Iacopini… but it’s still me!
I have been involved with collectible fountain pens for almost 30 years.
I cooperate with pen collectors all over the world and provide counselling, evaluating and cataloguing services both for entire collections and single pens.
I regularly write reviews essays and books on the history of the Italian fountain pen.