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R.L. Allan (Allan) is a British Bible publisher whose legacy extends to 1863. Allan chooses the best Bible translations and the the best typefaces and binds them in Goatskin leather using traditional techniques. Allan Bibles are known for their elegance and durability. R.L. Allan Bible publishers currently bind the following English Bible translations: KJV, ESV, and NASB. There will be NIV, NKJV, and NLT editions later in 2016. The tables below will help you ‘navigate’ your way through the various editions. Allan often changes details between printings, so this information is accurate for June 2016.

King James Version (KJV)

All of Allan’s King James Bibles find their origins in Oxford University book blocks. In reference to the Longprimer-Allan’s most popular KJV, Allan carries the Queen’s exclusive Royal License.

Allan basically carries 4 ’families’ of KJV Bibles. Each ‘family’ has the exact same book block (paper, typeface, page layout, pagination, etc)-they differ in respect to color, binding material and other smaller details (art gilt edges, ribbon markers, etc)

Family One: Allan Longprimer

First, the Longprimer family is primarily a typeface, created by Oxford University Press, which is crisp, bold and is the most legible of any Allan Bible.
This is Allan’s most popular KJV Bible. It is a standard size classic reference Bible with large bold print placed on the most opaque Bible paper in the industry. It is available in Black (53) and Brown Highland Goatskin (53BR) as well as Buttero Calfskin with and without Thumb Indexing (52 and 52i). The Longprimer is now available in the Wide Margin Version with more opaque paper – the Longprimer Sovereign (63).

Family two: Allan Clarendon

Like the Longprimer above, the Clarendon family is a typeface, originally created by Oxford University Press.
The Brevier Clarendon and Blackface (below) families are similar in that they are both classified as ‘personal size’ Bibles. They are both extremely legible for their sizes. Please read the descriptions below for their differences. We have this family in Black (5 and 5C) and Brown Highland Goatskin (6 and 6C). Allan also has a Wide Margin Clarendon Bible with the same pagination as the Brevier Clarendon editions.It is available in Black and Navy Blue Goatskin and Black Buttero Calfskin.

Family Three: Allan Brevier Blackface

Like the Clarendon family above, the Blackface family is a typeface, originally created by Oxford University Press. The blackface is a ‘personal size’ Bible with a bold font. It is similar to the Clarendon above with small differences in details (see table below). We carry this Bible in black (20) and brown (20BR) Highland Goatskin.

Family Four: Allan Ruby
The Ruby (103) is the smallest Allan KJV available in Highland Goatskin. It is currently out of print.

Allan KJVs

 Wide Margin 5WM
Wide Margin 7WM
Buttero Calfskin
Longprimer 52
Buttero Calfskin
Longprimer 53
Longprimer Sovereign 63
Brevier Clarendon
Black 5, 5C
Brown 6, 6C
Brevier Blackface
Black 20
Brown 20BR
Allan Ruby 112

FormatDouble ColumnDouble ColumnDouble ColumnDouble ColumnDouble ColumnDouble ColumnDouble ColumnDouble Column
Page Dimensions and Bulk 8 -1/2" x 7" x 1-5/8"8 -1/2" x 7" x 1-5/8"8 3/4" x 6" x 1-1/4"8 3/4" x 6" x 1-1/4" 9-1/4" x 6-1/2" x
7" x 4-3/4" x 1-1/8"7" x 4-3/4" 6" x 4-1/2" x
Font Size9 (Bold)9 (Bold)101010886
Cover MaterialNatural Grain GoatskinButtero CalfskinButtero CalfskinHighland GoatskinHighland GoatskinHighland GoatskinHighland GoatskinNatural Grain Goatskin
LinerLeather Edge-linedSynthetic Paste-overSynthetic Paste-overLeather Edge-linedLeather Edge-linedLeather Edge-linedLeather Edge-linedPaste-over
MarginsInner & Outer:
1" Top & Bottom
Inner & Outer:
1" Top & Bottom
Outer: 1/2"Outer: 1/2"1" Outer and BottomTop: 10 mm
Side: 9 mm
Bottom: 12 mm
Outer: 7 mmOuter: 9 mm
Paper45 GSM45 GSM32 GSM36 GSM38 GSMIndiaIndiaIndia
Maps16 pp. Oxford16 pp. Oxford16 pp. Oxford16 pp. Oxford16 pp. Oxford16 pp. Oxford16 pp. Oxford16 pp. Oxford
Cyclopedic ConcordanceNoNoNoNoNoYes (in 5C and 6C)YesNo
ConcordanceNoNoYesYesYesYes (in 5 and 6)Yes (Cyclopedic)Yes
Subject IndexNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Index of Proper NamesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Cross ReferencesOxfordOxfordOxford Chain ReferencesOxford Chain ReferecesOxford Chain ReferencesOxfordOxfordOxford
Chapter SummariesNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNo
Book BlockJongbloed bv
Jongbloed bv
Jongbloed bv
Jongbloed bv
Jongbloed bv
Jongbloed bv
Jongbloed bv
Clays Ltd. (Britain)
Italics for Inserted WordsYesYesNoNoNoYesYesYes
Words of ChristBlackBlackBlackBlackBlackBlackBlackBlack
Lined Paper Blank PagesBlank PagesLined PagesLined PagesLined PagesLined PagesLined PagesLined Pages
Page EdgingRed Under GoldRed Under GoldRed Under Gold
Black available with Thumb Indexing
Red or Blue Under GoldRed Under Gold or Blue Under SilverRed Under GoldRed Under GoldRed Under Gold
Gilt LineYesNoNoYesYesNoNoNo
Ribbon Markers33233222
"HOLY BIBLE" on CoverYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYes


English Standard Version (ESV) 6a00e3981f1e3988330112797565a828a4-500wi_000

Allan currently binds two editions of the ESV: the Classic Reference (ESV1) and the New Classic Reader (NC1). Both are based on Crossway’s New Classic Reference typesetting with the Reader enlarged to 10 pt. font. The textblock for the ESV1 was printed especially for Allan by Crossway, and the Reader was printed in the Netherlands by Jongbloed bv. Please see the table below for further information on these eagerly awaited editions.

Allan ESVs

 Classic Reference (ESV1)New Classic Reader (NC1)Personal Reference (PR)
FormatDouble ColumnDouble ColumnSingle Column
Page Dimensions and Bulk8-1/4" x 5-3/8" x 1-1/4" 9-1/8" x 6-1/4" x 1-1/4"7-1/2" x 5" x 1-14"
Font Size9 pt.10 pt. 8 pt.
Cover MaterialNew Zealand GoatskinHighland GoatskinNew Zealand Goatskin
LinerLeather Edge-linedLeather Edge-linedLeather Edge-lined
BindingSewn Sewn Sewn
Margin 1/2"1"1/2"
Paper36 GSM36 GSM32 GSM
Maps32 pp. with Illustrations8 pp.No
Book BlockCrosswayJongbloed bvCrossway
Lined Paper in Back32 pp.32 pp.32 pp.
Words of ChristRedBlackBlack
Page EdgingRed Under GoldRed or Blue Under GoldRed Under Gold
Ribbon Markers333
YappSemi-yappSemi- yappSemi-yapp
"HOLY BIBLE" on CoverYesNoNo


New American Standard (NASB)

Allan’s current NASB is the NASB Reader. Bound in highest quality Natural Grain Goatskin and printed on premium 32 GSM paper, the Reader is edge-lined with leather, has a wide yapp style, gilt line inside the covers, red under gold page edges, three ribbon markers, concordance, 8 pages ofAllan NASB Reader color maps, and 40 pages of lined writing paper. The Reader is a double column, verse formatted, black letter Bible with center column references.

Page size: 9 x 6 1/4 inches (230 x 160mm)
Book bulk: 1 1/4 inch (32mm)
Type size: 10 pt




New King James Version (NKJV)

Printed on 32 gsm PrimaBible paper and bound in navy blue, natural grain goatskin with hand-pleated corners and a generous semi-yapp, allan-nkjvleather-lined in navy blue with gilt line round the inside, double-sprayed red-under-gold art gilt page edges and red ribbon markers.

This modern, black letter larger print single column text setting includes an 8 page Allan presentation and family record section, concordance, color maps and 32 pp of 5 mm feint rule lined notepaper.

Page size: 9 1/8 x 6 1/4 inches (232 x 160mm)
Spine width: 1 1/2 inches (38mm)
Type size: 10.5 pt

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