Cambridge ESV Clarion Reference Bible, Brown Calfskin Leather

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2016 ESV Text

Page Size: 5⅛” x 7-1/8″ (131 mm x 180 mm)

2,080 pages
Cambridge has created an entirely new setting of the English Standard Version that will be a delight to read and to handle. Cambridge Clarion Reference Editions present the text in a single column and place the cross references in the outer margin. The font size is just under 9 point with generous line spacing. They are typeset in Lexicon No.1, a modern digital font that has a degree of readability associated with much larger type. The Bibles have 15 color maps and a concordance. These are Bibles of the highest quality, printed on India paper and Smyth-sewn for flexibility and endurance. They are offered in a range of superior binding styles: calf split leather, top-grain calfskin, and edge-lined goatskin.



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Weight 3 lbs

15 reviews for Cambridge ESV Clarion Reference Bible, Brown Calfskin Leather

  1. Louis (verified owner)

    I bought the Clarion in brown calfskin. While the bible is nice it has, in my opinion, some flaws for a premium bible. The pages tend to curl in over time which was bothersome and I have to be intentional when closing the book as to not accidentally fold a page. Also, I personally do not like ghosting and the Clarion has enough to be bothersome. Cambridge does line matching to limit this but, again my opinion, the ghosting was too much for my preference. Aside from these two flaws the rest was great. The cover was smooth, consistent and well done. The binding was done very well with no page warping near the gutter. The size is great for a personal size. If you like single column layout, this is a fantastic layout with cross-references. This is a good bible but only 3 stars from me for the reasons stated.

  2. Bruce C (verified owner)

    I wish this were a better-made Bible. The calfskin leather cover is so supple. The single column text layout really makes the parallel structure typical of Hebrew poetry really stand out. The cross-references on the outside margin keep the reading environment uncluttered. This Bible is easy on the eyes. Unfortunately, there is one fatal flaw: the thin paper. The paper is so thin that the pages curl in upon themselves simply by flipping through the Bible. If I don’t spot this before I close the Bible, the folded pages become creased and wrinkled. This problem is so bad that I often avoid turning to the passages in the cross-references. I have tried every thing I can think of to avoid this problem, but to no avail. I have used this Bible for two years now, and I have several creased pages and I expect more to come. It is disturbing to me to have the reading pleasure of an excellent layout and text block ruined by creases and wrinkles running right through the text. Perhaps if you only use this Bible in climate-controlled environments, never use a ceiling fan, and avoid taking the Bible out by a lake where a gentle breeze may be blowing…you can avoid this problem.

  3. Craig

    This is an excellent bible, very good quality and craftsmanship. Perfect size for teaching and preaching from. The single column format is nice. The Brown calfskin gets softer the more you use it. Has great maps and concordance. Highly recommend!

  4. Scott

    When first receiving the Bible, I was pleasantly surprised at its size. It is very easy to hold and handle, as well as Reid. My chief complaint about it is that the cover after any use begins to flake away, leaving tiny bits of calfskin leather. I’ve been reading through it this year, underlining it daily with my readings. I am a quadriplegic so I am not rough at all on the Bible, but still the cover seems to be flaking in and around the edges. For the cost, this should not be happening. I recently purchased a Schuyler quentel personal size ESV. The size is comprable and the calfskin leather is not quite as malleable as with the Cambridge. Still, I prefer it to the Clarion. If I could get my money back for the Cambridge Clarion after seeing the defect mention, I definitely would.

  5. Gary Paulsen (verified owner)

    Just received my ESV Clarion in yesterday’s mail. Earlier I purchased the NASB version of the Clarion in goatskin. I love the format and size of the Clarion. Because I was so pleased with my NASB and my church fellowship uses ESV I thought I’d get a Clarion ESV. Goatskin was not a available so I settled for the brown calfskin. Although I am very pleased with the quality, format, and size of my new ESV I wish I would have waited for the goatskin to become available. I really love the feel of the goatskin. Other than that I highly recommend the Clarion.

    Gary Paulsen

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