Daniel Defoe, who was born in London around 1660, began his training as a minister before deciding to become a merchant. Throughout his life he criticised the social and political evils of England and published numerous pamphlets that railed against the Church. With his poem "The True-Born Englishman“, which called for more tolerance, Defoe achieved his first literary success in 1701. Later he worked as a political journalist and made a life-changing decision for financial reasons: he began to write novels. In 1719 he penned his first book, perhaps the most famous adventure story of all time, "Robinson Crusoe“, a literary epic that has captivated generations of readers throughout the world and led to Daniel Defoe's being described as the founder of the modern English novel.
The wealthy son of a merchant, Robinson Crusoe, goes against his father's wishes and puts his safe existence at risk by becoming a sailor. He experiences extraordinary adventures on his travels until he is shipwrecked in a storm and is stranded as the only survivor on an uninhabited Caribbean island.
Crusoe does not intend to tarry on the island for long. He builds a raft and uses it to salvage important provisions and tools from the shipwreck. Finally he attempts to leave the island on his raft. Unfortunately, he fails to escape and his long sojourn on the island begins.
The shape of this Limited Edition is modelled on the paddle that Robinson Crusoe used to attempt his escape.
Life on the island is not easy. Crusoe has to get by with the bare necessities. To cope with adversity, he has to demonstrate his skills as a handyman, building a shelter and sewing clothes from animal skins.
Inspired by the colour and structure of wood, the precious resin of the cap and barrel symbolises Robinson Crusoe's island life reduced to the simplest of things. The filigree engraving that adorns the cap and ring recalls the stitching on the clothes Robinson had to make for himself after his shipwreck.
One day a ship drops anchor off the island. After a hard fight with the crew, Robinson Crusoe and Friday succeed in taking over the ship. They sail homeward and after 35 years of absence, Robinson Crusoe once again sets foot on the solid ground of his homeland. He marries and lives happily in England until his wife's death. As a widower, Crusoe once again puts out to sea, like the true sailor he is.
The signature of his inventor, Daniel Defoe, is immortalised as a fine engraving on the cap, completing this fascinating Limited Edition in honour of the creator of Robinson Crusoe.