Highland Goatskin Lonprimer

IMG_0168-001The Allan Longprimer is Allan’s signature Bible. It is one of the best designed and manufactured Bible available.  The Longprimer sports one of Oxford’s best KJV type-settings and is bound in London by R.L.Allan. It has continually received among the best reviews of any Bible that we market. There is a lot to say about the Longprimer, but in the interest of time and space we will provide its most valuable distinctives.

a. Legibility: The print is a bold 10 point which is set on the most opaque paper in the industry. Score: A.

b. Binding: The Bibles pictured above are Natural Highland Goatskin with Smyth Sewn binding. Basically, this Bible is built to last a lifetime…. Notice the full yapp cover which protects the Bible from every day use. Score: A.

c.  Printing/Paper – Jongbloed bv.  A.

The Longprimer has a host of other features that separate it from the pack, but Legibility, Printing and Binding are the 3 single most important features that contribute to Bible quality.

The Longprimer comes in 3 distinct bindings – At the top of the scale is the new (2015) Sovereign Longprimer (63) – which is similar to the vintage Longprimer (53).  Both sport the classic natural grain highland covers with full yapp closing. The Sovereign is a slightly larger Bible because of its slightly heavier paper and 1″ margins. The Calfskin Longprimer (52) has the same book block as the 53 – but is bound in Meriva Calfskin.


Sovereign Longprimer

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Chart Comparing the 3 most important KJV Classic Reference BiblesIMG_0820

The Longprimer is not without competition. There are 2 other Bibles in her class that are comparable. The Schuyler Westminster and Cambridge Concord are also of the highest quality with slightly different features. All 3 are highly legible, have excellent bindings, etc – the chart below gives the distinctions which may help you make an informed decision when choosing the Authorized Version – best suited for you.

Purchase Allan Longprimer

Allan Longprimer

Schuyler Westminster

Cambridge Concord

Outside Dimensions




Inside  Dimensions


8.6x6x1.25 8.25×5.5×1.25


2lb 14oz

2lb 7oz 1lb 13oz

Font Size


9.6 8

Shell (Outer)Binding

Highland Goatskin

Cantara Goatskin Cantara Goatskin

Inside Binding

Leather Lined

Leather Lined Edge Lined



32mm 18mm


36 GSM

32 GSM 32 GSM



8pp 15pp



Yes Yes
Subject Index Yes No Yes
Index of Proper Names Yes Yes Yes
Dictionary No No Yes
Chapter Summaries No Yes No

Cross References


Yes Yes

Book Block

Jongbloed bv (Netherlands)

Jongbloed bv (Netherlands) Jongbloed bv (Netherlands)
Binding England Netherlands Netherlands
self pronouncing Yes No Yes
italics for inserted text No Yes Yes

Lined Paper in back

32 pages

No No

Text Color


Black Black


Red Under Gold

Red Under Gold Red Under Gold


Gilt Line

n/a n/a

Ribbon Markers


4 2


Almost full

No No

 “Holy Bible”

on Cover & Spine


Yes Yes

 Translators to the Reader




 The Epistle Dedicatory




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