The Cambridge Family Chronicle Bible KJV, Black Calfskin Leather Over Board

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Black Calfskin Leather over Board cover
2 red ribbons and gold gilt
Book size: 9.45″ x 12.6″
13.5 pt. font with words of Christ in black
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The Cambridge Family Chronicle Bible has been designed and produced as a Bible to enjoy for generations. It combines the best typographic design with the highest standards of printing and bookbinding.

The majestic text of the King James Bible is presented in a typesetting inspired by the legendary Baskerville Bible of 1763, and the words of Scripture are brought to life with over 200 engravings by 19th century illustrator Gustave Doré – painstakingly reproduced for this edition from the original printings.

Drawing on the glories of the past, but also looking to the future, this Bible incorporates a unique 14-page Family Chronicle section, allowing owners to tell their family story to future generations and record up to six generations of family history in clearly laid out sections – a traditional practice in earlier eras.

The Bible is printed on paper selected for its strength and durability, and bound in a choice of cloth and superior leathers. Each edition involves hand binding work, necessary due to its large size. The leather Bibles pay tribute to traditional bookbinding style, with ornate tooling on the covers and raised spine hubs.

The concept was developed, the illustrations scanned and adjusted, and the books designed and typeset by 2K/Denmark. The Cambridge Family Chronicle Bible was typeset using Baskerville 1757 Pro adapted by Lars Bergquist in 2002.

A beautiful and timeless black calfskin leather binding with gold detailed blocking adorning the front cover. This is the Bible in its traditional form, presented in a lid and tray box that features one of Doré’s remarkable engravings.

A red spine panel emulates the original design of the 1763 Baskerville Bible, from which this edition draws its inspiration. The edition is comes with two deep-red ribbons and gilt edges.

The endpapers showcase maps of the Bible world, produced especially for this edition, thereby providing additional insights into the locations and journeys mentioned in the text.

Inside the packaging, the edition comes complete with a brochure telling the story behind this Bible and its components, a warranty leaflet, and useful tools to assist the owner in completing the Family Chronicle section, including spare Family Chronicle sheets for practice and a helpful user guide.

Font Baskerville 1757 Pro
Font size 13.5/14.4
Page extent c.1296 pp
Book dimensions 320 x 240 mm (9.45 x 12.6 inches)

2 reviews for The Cambridge Family Chronicle Bible KJV, Black Calfskin Leather Over Board

  1. Daniel

    In contrast to Mr. Murdock’s review, which I do not contest or discount, my copy of the Cambridge Family Chronicle Bible is the more expensive and numbered “Collector’s” edition. The Bible paper, print font, ink used, and book block are all the same. However, brown leather covered book cover and other features of the binding may be of higher quality. My Family Chronicle Bible is magnificent in all respects and does not present any unexpected quality issues.

    The main features of this Bible, from an owner’s perspective, seem to be its large size and a readability. Secondly, the actually print font / type face is a recreation of the historic Baskerville type face. I find the historic value of the print font particularly readable and attractive.

    No doubt, this particular Bible is a unique book of historic value. Again, I find no fault with the other book review. I simply thought I would add my perspective. Frankly, I treasure my copy as special Bible that I can read on a lazy Sunday after church, reflecting on all of the faith, sacrifice, education, and civilization required over 2,000 years to publish this wonderful Cambridge Bible.

  2. Jarrod Murdock

    First, the pros:

    This Bible is beautiful, and I’ve never seen a Bible like it. The paper is thick and opaque. The page gilding is flawless. The type is beautiful and clear, and the use of red accents gives the page a timeless look.

    I love leather-bound hardcover books. You don’t see leather-over-board Bibles often. The look of this Bible is stunning. The details on the cover are amazing, particularly the red patch on the spine. I really appreciate all the thought that went into this Bible.

    But I’m sad to say there are some downsides to the design and a concerning issue with the execution here.

    In terms of design, I find the layout unfortunate. The Psalms are not verse-by-verse like in other KJV Bibles, but they’re also not in poetic setting, as in the Pitt Minion and the Clarion. They’re in paragraph format, just like the prose passages of Genesis or the Epistles. I’d guess this was done to use fewer pages, but as I see it, it’s already a huge book–portability was not the intention from the start. And it’s already expensive anyway, so why not lay out the Psalms as poetry? If it causes it to cost a little more and be a little thicker, I think it’d be worth it.

    The Dore illustrations are beautiful, and as the videos about this production show, they have been restored. I have a standalone book of the Dore Bible illustrations, and in comparing them, it’s clear that the detail and clarity of the ones in this Bible are indisputably superior. There is a very unfortunate flaw, however. This Bible has different dimensions than the Bible the illustrations were originally created for, and as a result, almost every single illustration has been cropped to fit on the page. You’re not getting the full picture.

    The main problem I have with this Bible is the cover itself. On receiving it and opening it up, I found that the thin leather on both covers, at the spine, was not securely glued to the boards. It “bubbled up;” there were air pockets between the leather and the boards. EvangelicalBible kindly replaced it with another one, and while this one didn’t have that problem nearly as bad, it still had the issue. This makes me doubt the longevity of what is supposed to be an heirloom Bible.

    I’m very sorry to say that while the concept for this Bible was good, and it does look beautiful, there are the aspects mentioned–the space-saving efforts and the cover issues–that make it difficult to recommend purchasing at this price. Perhaps the blue cloth hardback may be free of the cover issue, but on this one, I have to say that Cambridge got so close but fell short.

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