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Which Bible versions do you publish? Will you be publishing others?

Answer:
At present, we publish only the Bible versions shown on the web pages: KJV, ESV, NASB, NKJV, NRSV, NIV, REB, TNIV and NLT. Other versions may become available in the future. If you would like further information, please contact bibles@cambridge.org or sign up for an e-mail alert.

For any other Bible version, please contact the copyright holders.

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My Cambridge Bible is faulty. What do I do?

Answer:
We offer an unconditional guarantee against faulty workmanship:

The Cambridge Guarantee
Cambridge Bibles are unconditionally guaranteed for life against defective materials or workmanship of any kind. Each Cambridge Bible has been made with skill and care from the best and most appropriate materials. Treated with reasonable care and respect as befits a well-made and valuable article, it will give years of use.

The cover material used in the binding of fine Bibles is a natural product, and many of the binding processes still require craft techniques and skills, so making each leather Bible unique. However, if any customer has reason to believe that a Bible suffers from defects in materials or workmanship and that its condition is not the result of normal use or damage after purchase, they should return it to the place where it was purchased. If warranted, a replacement will be provided free of charge.

Should you not be able to handle this through the original retailer, please contact one of the following addresses:

If the Bible was purchased in North America
Baker Publishing Group (Bible Returns)
PO Box 6287
Grand Rapids
MI 49516-6287, USA
email: cambridge@bakerpublishinggroup.com

If the Bible was purchased in the UK or anywhere apart from North America
Cambridge University Press (Customer Services)
Shaftesbury Road
Cambridge University Press CB2 8RU, UK
e-mail: directcs@cambridge.org

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How valuable is my Bible?

Answer:
We do not have the expertise to offer valuations. We would recommend you consult an antiquarian book dealer or research via the Internet, eg www.greatsite.com. (Be aware that very few Bibles printed since 1800 are of significant value.)

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How old is my Bible?

Answer:
We cannot date your Bible precisely, but if the name of the University Printer is given on the publication details page at the front, his term of office will enable the Bible to be dated within a range of years.

To establish the date more precisely, contact an antiquarian book expert.

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How old is my Prayer Book?

Answer:
The text of the Prayer Book has had many changes over its history, which provide useful clues to the date of printing. A good start is to look at the Royal Prayers to check which monarchs and other royal personages are included. The Royal Prayers’ first appearance in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer are in Morning Prayer: there is a Prayer for the Queen’s (King’s) Majesty, followed by a Prayer for the Royal Family. You can then date your prayer book to the reign of the king or queen. For a comprehensive listing of all the changes, see http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/Variations.htm.

For a further filter on the dates, see if the University Printer is named on the publication details page at the front of the book. His term of office, shown at http://www.cambridge.org/bibles/info/printers.htm, will enable you to date the Bible to within a range of years.

To establish the date more precisely, contact an antiquarian book expert.

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Can you match my old Bible with a new one that is the same?

Answer:
Perhaps, as many of our current KJV editions use printing images that date from the first half of the twentieth century. Please give us as much information as you can:

  • What version is it?
  • What edition is it? (eg Cameo, Concord - look on the bottom left-hand corner of the title page).
  • Does it contain the Apocrypha?
  • Is it a red-letter edition? (words of Christ in the New Testament printed in red)
  • What type of leather is it bound in? (eg calfskin, bonded leather - sometimes the leather type is stamped on the inside cover).
  • Does it have any names of Printers or Cambridge University Press addresses at the front?
  • Are any codes or numbers printed on the back end-paper or on the box?
  • What is the size of the page?


Please e-mail this information to bibles@cambridge.org and we will recommend the closest equivalent that we can.

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What are the italics for in my KJV Bible?

Answer:
The Bible was translated from Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic. These languages are economical with words compared to English. Often, they used just one word where we would use three or four in English. Sometimes words in a sentence are 'understood' in the other languages, so when the sentences were translated into English, extra words were added to make the sense clear. The italics show that the new words were not in the original texts.

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Where does the name Pitt Minion come from?

Answer:
The Pitt Building, built to house the Press and named after William Pitt, Prime Minister of Britain and member of Parliament for Cambridge University, lent the name to series of Pitt Press publications from the nineteenth century onwards.

Minion is a traditional term for a type size of approximately 7 point, giving text of about 10-11 lines to the inch.

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Can my book be personalised with a name or emblem on the front?

Answer:
Yes. However, Cambridge no longer carries out this work in house and we would recommend you consult a bookbinder. Brignell Bookbinders of Cambridge offers this service and will be happy to discuss your requirements with you.

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