Crossway ESV Heirloom Legacy Bible Exclusive Edition (Goatskin, Royal Purple)

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The ESV Heirloom Single Column Legacy Bible is a special edition of the original ESV Single Column Legacy Bible. Based on the Renaissance ideal of a perfect page, the Single Column Legacy Bible features a simple, clear layout with generous margins.

As with Crossway’s other Heirloom Bibles, the Heirloom Single Column Legacy Bible is printed and bound by Jongbloed in the Netherlands and features high-quality European Bible paper, art gilding, three ribbon markers, and an extra-smooth sewn binding. This exclusive edition is available in green, purple, and blue goatskin covers. The Heirloom Single Column Legacy Bible is a fine edition that combines elegant design with the best production materials available.

  •     Black letter text
  •     9 pt. font
  •     28 gsm
  •     Single-column, paragraph format
  •     Concordance
  •     Art gilding (red under gold)
  •     Three ribbon markers (Plum)
  •     Leather lined in dark purple
  •     Sewn binding
  •     Raised hubs on the spine
  •     Sample .pdf of interior

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Weight 4 lbs

8 reviews for Crossway ESV Heirloom Legacy Bible Exclusive Edition (Goatskin, Royal Purple)

  1. Suzy Vanhoose (verified owner)

    Beautiful Bible! I’m a little disappointed with the color because the photo shows a deep violet purple. The actual product is more of a wine color that I would never have considered to be “purple”. I don’t know what they did to the photo to make it look so different from real life! I would have loved to receive that deep violet color! Other than color disappointment, the Bible is perfect. I love the paragraph style for reading purposes (although I’m still getting used to it and my brain keeps thinking the tiny verse numbers are footnotes!). The leather is very soft and flexible and the Bible isn’t too large or heavy for daily use or for church. Pages are thin but not overly so. Love it.

  2. Michelle Middlebrook (verified owner)

    This is such a beautiful bible on all accounts. I had been trying to decide between this bible and the Omega purple edition. It was tough because I wanted a larger print but also wanted to try a single column bible. I went with the Legacy based on reviews and couldn’t be more overjoyed with it! The dark purple goatskin almost appears dark brown in certain lightings….I’m so glad I didn’t get the Omega as it is more of a brighter purple for one reason; the other reason is that I was really surprised to see that the size of the Legacy font is much more readable in the single column due to the spacing between the words as well as it being on the darker side of print. I ordered this bible paying the $6.00 3 day shipping fee and it came the very next day which happened to be my birthday!! A great gift from the Lord! Highly recommend this bible for font, legibility, layout, size (not too thick), wide margins for note taking, 3 thick quality purple ribbons, smooth opaque paper and supple goatskin cover. Printing is from the Netherlands as another bonus, this is the perfect bible in my honest opinion!

  3. heresacubsfan (verified owner)

    This is a lovely presentation of the ESV translation.

    The purple is deep and royal and it matches the reddish/pink art gilding.

    The goatskin on my copy is quite soft and flexible – I’m sure this varies depending on the particular goat. 🙂

    I really love the size. I think the relatively thin paper contributes here – but it doesn’t feel too large, especially considering the generous margins. But don’t let the thin paper scare you – it’s opaque enough to not cause any problems. There is considerable show-through in poetic sections, but the line matching is done perfectly, so it’s not noticeable at all where you’re actually reading.

    Best of all, the layout draws me into reading. I found myself reading passages almost by accident as I was doing the librarian break-in.

    Now that we have digital access to so many versions with ease, I think premium printed editions are more desirable than ever. They’re a rare physical and useful heirloom. I plan to pass this on to my daughter who is currently 7 years old.

    Praise the Lord for the gifts that the people at Crossway and Evangelical Bible give to the Church.

  4. samro9178 (verified owner)

    I purchased this Bible back in November of 2018 and am now writing a review. It is a fantastic Bible! The quality is superb! The leather cover is a bit grainier and less floppy compared to a Schuyler or a Thomas Nelson/Zondervan. The pages are very smooth. What I really like about this Bible is the single column layout, the line matching, and the wide margins. It just looks so clean and very readable. The purple is a deep, darker purple color that reminds me of royalty (very fitting for a premium Bible). I highly recommend this Bible!

  5. JP (verified owner)

    I spent a lot of time looking at different bibles before buying this one and I am so pleased with the purchase. I’ve had it for a little under a month and find myself reaching for it all the time, which was the hope when I bought it. I knew I wanted a leather bible that would last forever but I wasn’t sure what people had in mind when they talked about quality and durability of a thousand page book with super thin pages. Now I know. The pages, though thin, have not creased or torn in the slightest, even when quickly running back and forth between passages. For context, the last two bibles I’ve owned which were around $20-$60 all had torn pages and torn dog ears in the first week. I just assumed that was normal. It’s clear this bible is built to last. I find the font size perfect and easily legible. The leather feels and smells so wonderful. Finally, I am so pleased I went with purple. It is such a deep, rich color and it has so many variations depending on the light. I was sure I wanted a standard, classic, black bible but when I saw the color options here I was intrigued but also wasn’t sure if I would like it for myself. My brother in law passed away last year and he had covered his beloved cheap bible with purple duct tape when it started to fall apart. His faith and eventual death is what brought me back to exploring my own faith, so it seemed only fitting that I got myself a purple bible to remember him by.

  6. Jeffrey J Jourdonais (verified owner)

    The Heirloom Single Column Legacy Bible in purple goatskin I received today is perhaps the finest premium Bible I have ever owned. The binding is sumptuous, I still cannot get over how beautiful the purple goatskin is. It is reminiscent of Allan’s limited edition purple ESV from a few years ago. This goatskin is every bit as good as the Highland goatskin Allan uses, and the grain on the one I received is the most uniform of any goatskin cover I’ve ever owned. The lining, a dark red leather is very nice as well. I like the single column reader bibles such as this, they are great to just sit down and read. I am very impressed with the work that Crossway has done with this one. I would love to see another done perhaps with a wee bit bigger font and red letter edition, which would make it absolutely perfect.

  7. smith938 (verified owner)

    this is a pretty Bible – soft flexible cover, beautiful cover. I agree with the previous review about the redundancy of the logo- it looks pretty having all the gold on the spine but they put ESV, the ESV logo, then spell out English Standard Version – no doubt what you’re picking up but the front is plain – no writing at all. I almost rated a 4 because of the thin pages. I’m not sure how well they’ll hold up but I”ll have to use it more to see! what bugs me most is that I can see through. it’s a little annoying in the Psalms but hopefully I’ll adjust. The books that don’t break up into smaller lines it’s fine- no problem at all . I think it’s line matched maybe? can’t remember! but Genesis and the other books that don’t have sections like the Psalms seem fine. and honestly right now ESV isn’t my favorite translation for the Psalms – I love KJV and NKJV and MEV for those.
    overall a beautiful Bible. I almost didn’t consider Crossway because I’m not wild about their Bibles that are found in the bookstores that are so stiff. This one is a beautiful Bible! very nice size and PLENTY of room for writing notes. I bought this one mainly because of the space for notes (my other ESV doesn’t have this kind of margin space) and the beautiful color! will have to be careful of the pen I use..or may use pencil

  8. Patricia (verified owner)

    I eagerly waited for this bible on pre-order and it was so worth the wait. Such a beauty! The leather, textblock and art gilding are perfection for the price. My only negative feedback if you want to call it that, would be to Crossway about the stamping on the spine. The redundancy of the ESV logo is a bit cluttered for my taste as I prefer a cleaner aesthetic. But this in no way takes away from my love and appreciation for this bible. If you like the ESV translation, get this while you can, its gorgeous!!!

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