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Cambridge has created an entirely new setting of the English Standard Version that will be a delight to read and to handle. The Cambridge Clarion Reference Bible presents the text in a single column, and places the cross-references in the outer margin, giving the page a very well laid out appearance. The font size is just under 9 point with generous line spacing. It is typeset in Lexicon No.1, a modern digital font which has many of the characteristics usually associated with traditional Bible typefaces―in particular, a degree of readability more usually associated with much larger type. The Bible has 15 colour maps and a concordance. There are two ribbons to keep the place in different parts of the Bible. The Clarion edition is the only ESV personal size reference Bible with a single-column paragraph format. This is a Bible of the very highest quality, printed on India paper with art-gilt edges, Smyth-sewn for flexibility and endurance, and bound in brown calfskin leather.Read more
- single-column paragraph format
- generous type and readable layout
- side-column references
10th Aug 2015 by Jgar79
The Clarion certainly lives up to the reputation Cambridge has built for producing top-quality bibles. I’ll begin, as with previous bible reviews, with the leather test. This Clarion is bound in brown calfskin leather, which is quite soft and supple to the touch, as you might imagine. Unlike my NIV Pitt Minion black goatskin, this leather is soft right out of the box and does not require use to appreciate its inherent worth. While it not as soft and velvety as a top grain cowhide or other similar leather, it is certainly far above bonded leather and even some other less-than-top-grain bindings. Color wise the brown is a medium tone and I think will prevent more obvious defects stains, wear, etc from showing too badly. Overall, the leather is very nice and because the leather is not stiff and rigid, this edition is quite flexible. The layout of this edition is also a positive. The Clarion is not quite the length as other bibles I own it’s more squared than it is rectangular dimensions are 204 x 152 x 45 mm. However, this is not an issue in fact, I would say it doesn’t detract from its usability in any way. I’ve preached a few times using this bible and it fits comfortably in my hands and I had no problems thumbing to various sections through the course of a sermon. The Clarion’s text is in a single-column format with cross-references in the outer margin, which reduces crowding. The font size is Lexicon No.1 and is sized at just under 9 point and is very readable, even at arm’s length away. The Clarion also boasts fifteen color maps and a concordance, both of which are fairly common stock in modern editions. Dual ribbons permit marking multiple sections for easy reference. Cambridge claims it “has created an entirely new setting of the English Standard Version that will be a delight to read and to handle” and on this point they are quite right. The ESV Clarion is indeed a lovely edition and would make a great addition to one’s library.
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- Date Published: November 2011
- format: Leather / fine binding
- isbn: 9781107648302
- length: 2080 pages
- dimensions: 204 x 152 x 45 mm
- weight: 0.87kg
- contains: 15 maps
- availability: Available
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