Allan KJV 53 Longprimer Black Highland Goatskin-Speckled Page Edges

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Full Yapp Black Highland Goatskin cover with Navy Blue Calfskin liner
3 navy ribbons and hand speckled gilt
Page size: 8.75″ x 6″ x 1.75″
10 pt. font with words of Christ in black
Cross references and Concordance
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This beautiful signature edition of the Allan 53 Longprimer is bound in Black Highland goatskin with full yapp and leather-lined in navy blue with double gilt lines inside. This unique edition features antiquarian-style hand-speckled page edges with red underlay and blue, gold and pearlescent speckles. It includes three wide ribbon markers, as well as presentation pages and family record in Allan’s exclusive design, along with Oxford’s dictionary of proper names, subject index, concordance, 16 pages of Oxford Bible maps and 32 pages of lined writing paper.

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.

In recent years, we have reverted 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.

Printed on best quality, highly opaque 36gsm India Paper * Large, crisp black letter type * 100,000 centre column chain references with dates above * Three navy ribbon markers * Speckled page edges in red underlay with blue, gold and pearlescent speckles * 16 pages of full colour Oxford Bible maps * Concordance, subject index and dictionary of proper names * Exclusively available in Allan’s fine leather bindings.

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

Spine width: 1 3/4 inch thick (45 mm)

Type size: 10/11pt large, clear print

Boxed weight: 1.4 kg

2 reviews for Allan KJV 53 Longprimer Black Highland Goatskin-Speckled Page Edges

  1. Alan Belcher (verified owner)

    I recently purchased this beautiful bible through Evangelical Bibles and of course I have not been disappointed. I own around a dozen premium bibles from all the well known publishers and find all of them stunning for various reasons.
    This Allan longprimer is special. Not because of it’s premium production including the wonderful Highland Goatskin, the beautiful 36gsm opaque paper, easy to read print type and general feel and looks. It is special because as a collector I am in the possession of bible history.
    I specifically wanted a longprimer in black with speckled page edging because many years ago that was the standard. Premium bibles were a rare item and those that were available were just like this particular Allan bible.
    So I am delighted to own a top quality longprimer with the history it represents.
    Well done R.L. Allan for this bible and a huge shout out to Evangelical Bibles for their excellent marketing of these and the other top quality bibles they market.

  2. Douglas Vander Brink

    I come back here every so often to see what’s new. I had my eye on this Bible, but EB didn’t have it. So I got it direct from RL Allan. Now I see EB has it and Bibles-Direct doesn’t. I would rather have gotten it here for the quick shipping. Anyway, a great Bible. Highland Goatskin cover, 36GSM paper. Just awesome. I was unsure about the antiquarian edging instead of the typical gold gilding, but I actually like it. It is a limited run of this Longprimer 53 with the Oxford Cyclopedia concordance. This is not just a word concordance, but more like a Biblical encyclopedia. [Edit: current edition has a regular Concordance.]

    The only slight negative I have is that the edging seeps into the pages a very tiny bit. You’d have to look closely to see it, but it is not perfect and doesn’t bother me. Schuyler does excel on that front.

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