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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 and Calfskin 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, NASB, NIV.

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 Highland Goatskin as a Thinline (43) and regular edition in sumptuous Meriva Calfskin (52), and also in a wider margin edition with more opaque paper – the Longprimer Sovereign (62).

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, Brown, and Navy Natural Grain Goatskin (7C). 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 Natural Grain 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 Natural Grain Goatskin (26)

Family Four: Allan Ruby
The Ruby is the smallest Allan KJV. It’s available in two styles of bindings of Natural Grain Goatskin (103 and 112).

The table below will help you navigate your way through the various KJV editions. (Please use the scroll bar at the bottom.) Allan often changes details between printings, so this information is accurate for May 2018.

Allan KJVs

 Wide Margin 5WM
Wide Margin 7WM
Buttero Calfskin
Longprimer 43
Highland Goatskin
Longprimer 52
Meriva Calfskin
Longprimer Sovereign 62
Meriva Calfskin
Brevier Clarendon 7CBrevier Blackface 26Allan Ruby 103

Allan Ruby 112

FormatDouble ColumnDouble 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"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
6" x 4-1/2" x
Font Size9 (Bold)9 (Bold)1010108866
Cover MaterialNatural Grain GoatskinButtero CalfskinMeriva CalfskinMeriva CalfskinMeriva CalfskinNatural Grain GoatskinNatural Grain GoatskinNatural Grain GoatskinNatural Grain Goatskin
LinerLeather Edge-linedSynthetic Paste-overLeather Edge-LinedLeather Edge-LinedLeather 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 mmOuter: 9 mm
Paper45 GSM45 GSM28 GSM36 GSM38 GSM22 GSM 28 GSM28 GSM28 GSM
Maps16 pp. Oxford16 pp. Oxford16 pp. Oxford16 pp. Oxford16 pp. Oxford16 pp. Oxford16 pp. Oxford16 pp. Oxford16 pp. Oxford
Cyclopedic ConcordanceNoNoNoNoNoYes YesNoNo
ConcordanceNoNoYesYesYesYes (Cyclopedic)Yes (Cyclopedic)YesYes
Subject IndexNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Index of Proper NamesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Cross ReferencesOxfordOxfordOxford Chain ReferencesOxford Chain ReferencesOxford Chain ReferencesOxfordOxfordOxfordOxford
Chapter SummariesNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNo
Book BlockJongbloed bv
Jongbloed bv
Jongbloed bv
Jongbloed bv
Jongbloed bv
Jongbloed bv
Jongbloed bv
Jongbloed bv
Jongbloed bv
Italics for Inserted WordsYesYesNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
Words of ChristBlackBlackBlackBlackBlackBlackBlackBlackBlack
Lined Paper Blank and Lined PagesBlank and Lined PagesLined PagesLined PagesLined PagesLined PagesNo Lined PagesLined PagesNo
Page EdgingRed Under GoldRed Under GoldRed Under GoldRed Under GoldRed Under Gold Red Under GoldRed Under GoldRed Under GoldRed Under Gold
Gilt LineYesNoYesYesYesYes YesYesNo
Ribbon Markers333333322
YappSemiSemiGenerous SemiSemiSemiFullFullFullSemi
"HOLY BIBLE" on CoverYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes

English Standard Version (ESV) 6a00e3981f1e3988330112797565a828a4-500wi_000

Allan currently binds three editions of the ESV:

New Classic Reader (NC1) – an enlarged (10 pt.) edition of Crossway’s New Classic Reference typesetting, printed by Jongbloed for Allan and bound in the UK in Highland Goatskin.

ESV Single Column Text (SCT) – a single column text edition based on Crossway’s ESV Readers Bible and bound in the UK in New Zealand Goatskin.

ESV Classic Reference (ESV1) – based on Crossway’s Classic Reference textblock and bound in the UK in New Zealand Goatskin.

New International Version (NIV)

Classic Reference Bible (NIV1) – a classic, double column reference Bible with 9 pt. font. Bound in the UK in New Zealand Goatskin.

New American Standard (NASB)
(Currently out of stock. New stock is due fall 2021.) 

NASB Reader. (NASB R1) Bound in highest quality Natural Grain Goatskin and printed on premium 36 GSM paper, the Reader is edge-lined with leather, has a wide yapp style, gilt line inside the covers, red under gold or blue under silver page edges, three ribbon markers, concordance, 8 pages of 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: 1-1/2 inch (32mm)
Type size: 10 pt

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