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Leather Binding Materials

Nowadays Cambridge Bibles may be bound in hardback or faux leather (bonded or imitation), or in various grades of real leather. The finest Bibles are bound in goatskin, a material traditionally used in bookbinding for many centuries.

Real leather

Real leather is taken from an animal hide. ‘Split’ refers to the underside of the hide; the other side, ‘top-grain’, is superior and more expensive.

Goatskin

Calfskin

Cowhide

Calf split leather

French Morocco leather

Faux leather

Modern technology has provided the binder with an impressive new range of moderately priced materials, which are nevertheless attractive to look at and handle, and wear very well indeed.

Bonded leather

Imitation leather

Most Cambridge leather-bound Bibles have flexible covers. Some of the larger Bibles — those described as 'over boards' – have a rigid cover.

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