Cambridge NIV Pitt Minion Bible, Black Goatskin
Black Goatskin cover
Ribbon markers and red under gold art gilt
Page Size: 7 1/8″ x 5 1/8″ x 1 5/8″
6.75 font with words of Christ in red
Cross references and Concordance
See Description below for more details.
4.75″ x 6.875″ x 0.75″ (120 mm x 174 mm x 22 mm)
Type Size: 6.75 point Lexicon No.1
Pitt Minion Bibles are notable for their synthesis of function and style and have been a feature of the Cambridge list for many decades. The text is presented in paragraph style using a modern font that delivers the characteristic combination of clarity with economy of form–producing a compact, slimline Bible that is exceptionally clear and easy to read.
The NIV Pitt Minion Reference Edition now includes the New International Version text as updated in 2011, supported by cross-references, a concordance and maps. The words of Christ are printed in red, and the Bibles are printed in the Netherlands on India paper in paste-off bindings, with ribbon markers and presentation page in a range of fine leathers.
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marc.ragusin (verified owner) –
Fantastic portable bible. Sits in one hand really nicely. The goatskin cover is really nice. The cover is a little stiff, but it breaks in really quickly (here is the patron saint of quality Bibles J. Mark Betrand talking about how he broke his in: https://www.bibledesignblog.com/blog/2012/06/breaking-in-the-pitt-minion.html?rq=pitt%20minion).
The text is readable for its size. The red text for Jesus is a bit harder to read, but not bad. Paper quality is top notch and the gilding looks great.
My only quibble with the Bible is the ribbons. I’m particularly fond of the color (subjective, I know). They also seem to be attached together at the top of the book and sit on the pages funny. While it triggers my OCD a bit, it’s a small thing and doesn’t impede the or ruin the use of the Bible at all.
This is the best portable Bible (especially in the NIV!) that you can get. I expect this little Bible to be very well travelled.
I think the Pitt the perfect carry Bible for church or Bible study or lunch time reading. The leather has a nice to feel to the hand and with the smyth-sewn binding it opens flat and it becomes even more comfortable over time. The font is small but the high quality of the paper that Cambridge uses makes the font pop and to be far more readable than lesser quality Bibles with larger font. My middle aged eyes are fine with reading from it continuously for 20-30 minutes, the time it takes to read most epistles or to slowly savor a Psalm.
Hands down my favorite bible that I have ever used! It’s easier than ever to take it from the classroom to the home and to the pulpit. I love teaching with my NIV Pitt Minion because of how readable the typeface is and yet how compact and usable the form of it is!
You can read more about the paper in the description, but I wanted to mention how beautiful this paper is and how amazing it is. I accidentally spilled tea all over my Pitt Minion. Most bibles you would have to stop using with how badly it got soaked. however, with a lot of good use and wear the paper and pages have tamed down quiet a bit! Additionally, when it comes to the “show through”, it’s almost nonexistent. The only place you can sort of see the type on the opposite side of the page is when you’re in any of the red-letter areas. The art-guilting is beautiful. Adds a huge tough of elegance to your reading experience.
smyth-sown, smooth and opens/breaks in beautifully. I know you’re never supposed to do this, but I’ve even folded my bible in half while reading and seen no damage on the back side. the front side, where the bible text block and the first signature did separate but the sowing and mull connecting them are totally in tact. Like I said, would never recommend this because it most likely voids any warranty cause of how brutal it can be! Also comes with 2 red ribbons.
I have the black goatskin and I love it. The bookboard under the paste down liner is pretty stiff once you first get it. however, if you really work the cover in and use this little bible faithfully, the cover softens up nicely while maintaining its structure while reading.
As I said earlier, this is hands down my favorite bible that I own and use multiple times throughout my day. Its an amazing little handy tool for pastors and those who need a compact bible. Thanks Evangelicalbible.com for the great product!
Jason Gardner –
I was pleased to receive this little gem of a Bible from the generous folks at Cambridge! Having just introduced the HCSB Ultrathin Reference Bible into my rotation, I have a measure of sorts with which to compare this bible.
First, I conducted the aroma test. This is the only goatskin bible I have and I’ve never handled one that I can recall, so I was not sure what to expect. I opened the box and held the bible close to take in the aroma of its binding. My first impression was it did not have the lovely leathery aroma of top grain cowhide, which was a bit disappointing. There is the smell of leather, but it’s definitely deeper, almost musky, and thus not quite as appealing as cowhide, at least not initially. Though I wouldn’t liken it to the comparison of goat cooking on an open flame to beef (the goat is somewhat off putting), it is an earthier scent. However, I can say after having used this bible for a few months, the aroma is much more subtle and more pleasing than at first.
Second, and the most important aspect, is the bible’s overall usability. This particular bible is smaller than most I have. It is more like a slimline and measures approximately 174 x 120 mm (6.8 x 4.7 in). The downside is obviously the readability; however, despite its smaller size it’s a very readable font face (6.75/7 pt Lexicon) and a very portable bible. Several months’ use has also loosened the leather so that it is more pliable than when straight out of the box. The text is laid out in two-column format, which with a font size of 7 could be a little small for some. Surprisingly, the font and format is quite readable. The two columns are intersected by a center column populated by cross references noted in the text. Other features include the words of Jesus in red, an NIV concordance, and fifteen bible maps, each of which are nicely colored and coded with an index of various features of the maps themselves.
The binding is quite nice, though as I noted, the leather is not as aromatic as others. Nevertheless, the leather having softened a bit is nice and looks really good. There is a very clear grain to the goatskin that seems commensurate with its provenance. It boasts art guild edges and two ribbon markers, seemingly standard fare for higher-end bibles such as these. All these elements contribute to overall pleasing aesthetic and a perfectly nice bible for regular reading and handling.