Update: March, 2021.
For a multitude of reasons, premium Bible demand has exceeded supply in the last year or so. In the case of Schuyler, virtually every edition is being sold out at a rate that surpasses Schuyler’s ability to republish. For many books or products this is an easy fix: Simply increase supply. In the case of Schuyler (and I would include Cambridge & Allan) increasing production is complicated and certainly cannot be accomplished by a simple “flip of the switch.”
Most book production is a highly mechanized event. I have witnessed book production in some of the world’s largest factories and have marveled at the genius of thousands of moving parts, conveyor belts, folding, cutting, turning, stamping, gilding –all producing books without so much as a human finger involved in the result, save the one that touches the “start” switch. It’s truly a tribute to mechanical engineering and economies of scale.
Edge-lined binding (Schuyler, Cambridge & Allan – as well as a few others) is another process altogether. Though the form of an edge-lined Bible resembles that of its mechanized cousin – their creation is completely distinct, as are their qualities. Cambridge has estimated that approximately 30 people have laid hands on an edge-lined Bible before it reaches the owner. To give but one example (Schuyler has been posting video and pictures at times) – every Schuyler bible (when it is in book block form) is taken to a room and put in a vise (if you’re British – vice). Men and women put on masks (before COVID) and take out their spray guns attached to ink canisters and spray the edges. The pages are dried and then sprayed once again for the deep colors that we appreciate – and which cannot be replicated via android automation. We all know what happens when you put too much ink on that Bible….it bleeds!
Ok. Why am I writing about bleeding Bibles? (or hand cut edges, corners, sewing, embossing, rounding, etc.)? More craftsmen and women need to be trained to keep up with the evolution of the premium Bible market. We can’t simply order more leather and paper. (And trust me – ordering our leather and paper is another story altogether.) We must train Homo sapiens to create handmade Bibles. We intend to do our best to rise with this growing tide of high end Bible demand. We ask our Bible community to be patient when you see Bibles frequently “out of stock” or “coming soon.” We are increasing production, but we must do it with more people, not simply more ingredients and automation.
This is one of the reasons increasing production is not merely a “flip of the switch.”
We have decided to arrange this update by translation.
RSV: Schuyler will be publishing an RSV Bible in August. The RSV is the “father” of the NRSV and ESV. Here is the information for that Bible.
CSB: CSB Quentel is now in stock. CSB Holman Goatskin – a great verse by verse CSB Bible. Holman’s best CSB yet.
NASB: First, the regular size NASB and NASB Wide Margin have arrived. The Personal Size is also in stock.
Nelson published an NASB MacArthur Study Bible. Zondervan published an NASB single column in Goatskin; it is fantastic.
NASB 2020: We have several Lockman editions here. Schuyler is publishing their single column versified version (Stridon) in the summer of 2021.
NIV: Schuyler’s NIV Quentel is available.
ESV: The Cambridge ESV Topaz – an all new Cambridge Setting is now in stock. Schuyler Quentel (Regular Size and Personal) are available, but at extremely low quantities. More Personal Size Quentels should be here in July, and more regular Quentel in late summer. Crossway has 2 new preaching Bibles: Verse by Verse and Single Column.
NKJV: Cambridge’s NKJV Topaz series now in stock. Schuyler NKJV is back in stock.
KJV: Schuyler KJV Treveris Series. This is a completely new typesetting of the Bible which will began with the KJV. Here is a sampler of the new text. The Treveris KJV is currently out of stock and on Schuyler’s schedule for mid November.
Schuyler’s flagship KJV Canterbury has returned in a red letter version as well as a sleeker format. It added a full yapp version to this line-up and that is already sold out. The Canterbury Wide Margin is also in stock.
Cambridge has published a Concord full yapp marbled mahogany calfskin Bible- exclusively for evangelicalbible.com.
NLT: Schuyler’s Caxton now in stock!
You may also want to use our search tool to find the Bible that best suits your needs.
What’s Coming in 2021!
Cambridge recently republished their popular Turquoise (not to be confused with a color) KJV Bible which has received excellent reviews stands in the same class as the Allan Longprimer and Schuyler Canterbury. Cambridge’s Concord Reference KJV is a firm favorite along with their Clarion Series – available in the ESV, NASB, KJV, NKJV, & NIV.
The British company, R.L. Allan, continues to publish its distinctive “Highland Goatskin” Bibles from relatively small binderies in the UK. Unfortunately, production supply has not kept up with demand, and therefore many Allan Bibles are out of stock before they reach the shores of the New World. We recommend you don’t wait to purchase when you see that special Bible in stock in our store!
Most books today are the result of an extremely mechanized process of a thousand moving parts. A monument to mechanical engineering. These well oiled engines produce hundreds of thousands books per day. Using economies of scale and complete robotic automation books can end up on a pallet without a fingerprint and for less than a single shot latte. Premium Bibles (Schuyler, Cambridge, Allan) are alien to the world of automation and to most publishers because they require trained artisans who have book binding skill. One expert has estimated that at least 30 hands have been involved in one Premium Bible. Stitching, pleating, rounding, embossing, spraying are a few skills that only a handful of craftsmen and women are able to perform today. We will write more about the details of this process at a later time, but suffice it to say – Premium hand made Bibles are an altogether different product than their distant cousins that were birthed through the coordination of hundreds of gears and pistons.