Allan English Standard Version Personal Reference Edition Black Goatskin Bible

4.67 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
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This handy-sized single column reference Bible is bound in a traditional black natural grain goatskin, with an attractive semi-yapp and leather-lined in navy blue with gilt line inside, with red under gold page edges and 3 navy blue ribbon markers.

The book block utilises a Crossway single column, paragraphed reference setting with black letter text in the 2011 edition ESV, printed on 32gsm Bible paper with a presentation page and a short concordance as well as 32pp of Allan’s 5mm navy feint ruled writing paper for your own notes.

These are the second batch of Bibles to be bound for us by Ludlow Bookbinders, a small family business based in the rural county of Shropshire, England, and use a unique range of natural grain New Zealand goatskin. Each one is specially embossed with ‘Allan Binding by Ludlow’ on the inside back cover.

Page size: 7 1/2 x 5 inches (185 x 125 mm)

Spine width: 1 1/4 inches (32 mm)

Page extent: 1504pp

Type size: 8 pt

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Weight 3 lbs

3 reviews for Allan English Standard Version Personal Reference Edition Black Goatskin Bible

  1. 5 out of 5

    These are amazing bibles! If you want single column, line matched, reference, text on outside with references inside, portable, high-quality binding, note pages at the end, then look no further! This is what one might call a “perfect” portable ESV! The font is much better than the prior version as this uses the 2011 text block. It is a hair smaller than the clarion but I find the clarion hard to read because the references are on the outside, not inside. Most of the time you are reading the text and not the references so one would prefer to have the text on the outside like this, I would assume.

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    As soon as I received an email from Evangelical Bible that the Allan ESV Personal Reference Edition was back in stock I placed an order. I am so glad I did! This Bible is truly a work of art. The beauty of the goatskin cover is wonderful and the size makes this a perfect Bible for carrying. The type is easy for me to read and the single column format is my favorite feature of this Bible. I like the fact the references are near the gutter which makes for easier reading.

    This format is similar to the Cambridge Clarion, which I tried very hard to like but couldn’t, because of the excessive page curl. That’s not a problem with the Allan ESV PR. The paper is 32 GSM and is sturdy with some minor bleed through, but not objectionable in my opinion. The typeset is line matched which helps in this respect.

    If you can get your hands on one of these you won’t be disappointed. I highly recommend this Bible. Thanks Evangelical Bible for getting these back in stock.

  3. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    As stated by the other reviewers, it is a very nice bible and done very well. On my copy, the pages act similar to if they got wet as they have a weird wavy/crinkle to them. The edge building is pretty heavy, so I wonder if it happened during that process.
    Otherwise very nice and still very usable and easy to read!

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