Allan ESV Classic Reference, Black Goatskin Bible

Rated 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)



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This double column reference Bible is bound in a traditional black natural grain goatskin, in a semi-yapp style with full leather linings in navy blue, gold spine embossing (with plain front cover), red under gold page edges and 3 navy blue ribbon markers.

The book block is a Crossway print of the 2011 text ESV on 36gsm Bible paper with US text and words of Christ in red, presentation pages and family record, short concordance and 32pp full colour maps and illustrations, plus 32pp of Allan’s feint ruled writing paper for your own notes.

Exclusively bound for Allan’s by Ludlow Bookbinders, a small family business based in the rural county of Shropshire, England, these beautiful Bibles use a unique range of natural grain New Zealand goatskin. Each one is specially embossed with ‘Allan Binding by Ludlow’ on the inside back cover.

Page size: 8 1/4 x 5 3/8 inches (210 x 136mm)

Spine width: 1 5/8in (43mm)

Type size: 9 pt

Weight: 950g

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs

3 reviews for Allan ESV Classic Reference, Black Goatskin Bible

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brandon Hayden (verified owner)

    Best all around ESV on the market. Does everything well. My copy was very well made. Good job by Ludlow.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Richard Hall

    This is an excellent bible

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    David B.

    This is my second of three high-end Bibles (I had a Crossway ESV single column calfskin from 2007 and now have a 2017 Schulyer Quentel ESV).

    What I love about it:
    1. The incredibly soft leather cover is a huge step above any standard Bible I have ever owned. From day one it was magnetizing, and it will never stop being so. It is super super soft and pliable without being weak or easy to mar and scratch. Resilient to wear, yet supple. The black dye in the leather looks great too. You would think the leather came black from the animal; it is that natural and even. However, it is not so floppy that it loses its shape. This soft cover not only feels good in one’s hands, but it also allows the Bible to open completely flat, even at first opening when it’s brand new. The gold embossing is well done too. It’s also durable. It hasn’t flaked at all with two years of heavy use (weekly ministry, personal reading, many seminary classes).

    2. Gilding: the red under gold is gorgeous. This sets it apart from run-of-the-mill Bibles. It is also resilient to wear. It has definitely worn in two years, but not grossly. It has been applied evenly also, as one would expect in a high-end Bible.

    3. Three ribbon markers. This is so incredibly useful.

    4. Paper: the paper is higher quality than normal Bibles. You can tell when you feel it. Words on the opposite side of the page are not showing through except for faintly.

    What I would improve about it:
    1. In most situations, the cover is amazing. There are two in which I prefer my Schulyer (which has a very hard spine). The first is when I want to prop the Bible up vertically (leading worship or preaching on certain stands). It’s a bit floppy, and I don’t like how it sags and bends. This is not a problem with the stand leaning back, but if it is elevated like it would be on an upright piano, it’s a problem. The second is when I put my Bible in a messenger bag or suitcase for travel. I know it is made well, so these scenarios aren’t really going to hurt the Bible, but it does make me nervous sometimes whereas I never worry about the Schulyer.

    2. Presentation: Although the paper is high quality, the presentation isn’t really any more special than that of a $50 Crossway ESV. All black ink. No special fonts. Center cross references. In this sense, it feels very “regular” for such an expensive Bible. The Schulyer is about $40 more, and this is why.

    3. Ribbons: It would be cool to have different color ribbons like the Schulyer. I know most people are just fine with three ribbons the same color, so don’t let this deter you from the Allan. However, I’m big on the artistic factor, so different colored ribbons are nice, I think.

    4. Mine is the anglicized translation of ESV, so many of the words are spelled with the British spelling instead of the American spelling (I’m American). An example would be honor (American) versus “honour” (British). Not a downside, really. Just check for this before you purchase if you know it will bug you.

    Summary: Overall, this is an incredible Bible. I will never stop using it although I do use it in tandem with my Schulyer. Head and shoulders above anything you’ll ever find in a store somewhere. Extremely fine craftsmanship. Durable for a lifetime of use and beyond. Could be nice for it to be just a bit more artistic in presentation. Oh, and the size is perfect for carrying around (a bit smaller than the Schulyer, which is nice). Happy reading of the living Word!

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