Allan KJV 52 Longprimer Bible, Navy Blue Meriva Calfskin

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
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This beautiful improved edition of the 52 Longprimer is bound in a soft French Navy Meriva natural grain calfskin (a slightly brighter shade than our usual Navy Blue) with a generous semi-yapp cover, and is now leather-lined in navy split calfskin, with gilt line round the inside of the case, and features double-sprayed red under gold art gilt page edges and three crimson red ribbon markers with white head and tail bands.

This revised edition now includes our distinctive 8pp Presentation Page and Family Record as well as 32pp of navy feint rule Allan notepaper in addition to the usual dictionary of proper names, subject index, concordance and 16 pages of Oxford Bible maps.

First printed in 1952, the King James Version Longprimer Bible is a sumptuous, traditional reference setting of the Authorized Version. Developed by Oxford University Press and now published exclusively by R. L. Allan, it has for many years been our flagship Bible, renowned the world over for its clarity of type and our beautiful bindings.

Our latest Longprimer printing harks back to a vintage copy of the classic Longprimer, printed in the period 1952-1958 under Charles Batey, then Printer to the University of Oxford, returning to a page image that is much closer to the original intentions of the typesetters. This new-old page image retains the large, clear type of the Longprimer we all know and love, but has a crisper letter form and less of the broken type and ‘spread’ that mark out much-used letterpress typesettings subsequently transferred to film and, only more recently, to digital scans.

Page size: 8 3/4 x 6 inches (221 x 150mm)

Spine width: 1 1/4 inch thick

Type size: 10/11pt bold print

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Weight 4 lbs

2 reviews for Allan KJV 52 Longprimer Bible, Navy Blue Meriva Calfskin

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    As usual Evangelical Bible’s service is great! My Bible got here earlier than expected. Overall this Bible is awesome. The size is perfect. I have the 63 as well and it is my main Bible however it’s not as portable (I have five young kids to take to Church). The leather is on par with the goatskin, it is very supple and very soft. The text has very little ghosting. The ribbons are much longer than the sovereign. The only thing I don’t like as much is the spine is stiffer, it does lay nice and flat but not as flat as my sovereign. I still give it five stars because the pros far out weigh the one con.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I believe I’ve bought four other Bibles from EvangelicalBibles before. An ESV bound by Allan in goatskin, A Cambridge Clarion Goatskin (AV), a Schuyler Single Column Goatskin (NKJV), a Clarion Calfskin (NKJV), and now this Longprimer Calfskin.

    This is easily the best of the bunch. The opaqueness of the pages and the crisp but dark font make for the absolute best reading experience. Also, after having had several Single Column Bibles I now realize that I prefer something like the two column layout of the Longprimer.

    That said, the quality of this calfskin is superb. I prefer it to goatskin because I really do not like the raised grain of the goatskin covers. And this calfskin is buttery and thick and everything you want in a Bible cover. It really is fantastic. The yapp is phenomenal and makes it that much better to hold.

    I like this subdued blue as well. Coming from a Covenanter (Reformed Presbyterian) church it seems rather fitting too!

    The weight is a bit hefty, but in a “solid” sort of way. That’s the difference between my Schuyler and this one — the solidity and craftsmanship of it seem far superior. As if the Schuyler is a bit of a knock off product in comparison.

    Given the price of this Bible, it is very reasonable for what you are getting. A Bible that should last you a lifetime. At this point in my life I think I have settled on the Authorized Version as my Bible of preference (I’m not KJO). The majesty of the translation and the history and faithfulness of it are very meaningful to me.

    It also is finalized. There won’t be another edition of the AV coming out, which means that I can live with this Bible for the rest of my life, Lord willing — and someday pass it on to my children who can pass it on to theirs — until the day our Lord returns.

    “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelation 22:20)

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