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The Concord Reference Edition is one of Cambridge's most admired settings: it offers an exceptionally clear and readable typeface, complemented by the innovative Cambridge Bold-Figure Cross-Reference system and printed with references and pronunciation marks on a conveniently sized page. Cambridge already offers the Concord in fine bindings, including calfskin leather. Now there is an even more splendid binding to grace this beautiful Bible: black goatskin leather – edge-lined for extra suppleness. This Bible offers a wealth of reference material – a 128-page Bible dictionary, a concordance, a glossary and 15 colour maps. It is printed on India paper with glorious art-gilt edges and two ribbon markers. Customers wishing to make a present of this exceptional Bible will appreciate the presentation page at the front, while the family record section makes it appropriate for any special occasion, be it a christening, wedding or graduation. It comes in a special lid-and-tray presentation box.Read more
- much-admired Concord setting in a goatskin binding
- full leather lining
- red-letter text
- family record section
- includes 1611 Preface "The Translators to the Reader"
13th Nov 2014 by Bsnyder
The Perfect Size Bible to Sit and Read, The Cambridge KJV Concord Reference Bible in Black Edge-Lined Goatskin Leather, Red Letter Edition. Before I get into the vital features of this Bible I want to expound on its subjective qualities that have endeared it to me. At first glance most people won’t notice the exceptional quality of this Bible until they pick it up and give it a closer look. Some folks won’t even notice even after picking it up. That is not to say the Cambridge Concord Reference Bible is average or plain. It is because the Concord is how a Bible is supposed to be. It is the quintessential archetype of reference Bibles. It smells like a Bible, it looks like a Bible, and it feels like a Bible. When I pick it up to read from, I don’t have to struggle with it. It does exactly what it should do. It stays out of the way and allows me to focus on reading God’s word. Everything about it is conducive to that end. For me, it is the perfect size and weight to hold in one hand. I can comfortably read it while sitting in my favorite chair. It isn’t heavy or unwieldy enough to require being laid on a table or desk. It isn’t so small as to necessitate being held close. It is not a thick Bible, yet contains many references and some helps. It is not printed on such light paper that the pages curl up and blow around while you are trying to read. The pages are not a bright white. They are off white. Bright white pages tend to make my eyes strain during long durations of reading the word. The India paper is strong and opaque. There is approximately 7/16ths of an inch in the margins for note taking. The text is a nine point font that is printed appears pretty bold. The Concord is a double column verse format with pronunciations. It has the references in the center column. Even with the references, 128 page Bible Dictionary, Concordance, Glossary, and 15 color maps, the Concord maintains a thin profile without sacrificing paper quality. The pages are art gilded. An art gilded page edge compared to a gilded page edge looks a bit more attractive. It gives the page edges a red tint behind the gold color. Before they put the gold colored aluminum foil on the page edges they first coat them with a red ink. Then they apply the gold color gilding. When the Bible is closed the edges show gold, when the Bible is open you can see the red show through the gold. The binding, outside cover, and inside liner, make it supple and comfortable to hold. It is rigid enough to not flop around like some unlined Bibles do, while it maintains flexibility with its leather liner that is stitched to the outside cover edges with black thread. The Binding is a smyth-sewn binding done by Jongbloed in the Netherlands. They are famous for their quality work and history of Binding Bibles. Currently, most luxury Bibles are bound by Jongbloed. A sewn binding is a must in my opinion. If you hope to hand a Bible down to your children and for them to use it a sewn binding is the only option. With a sewn binding all of the pages are stacked in separate pamphlets called journals. These are then stacked and sewn to journal tapes or strings in the spine of the Bible as well as being sewn to each other. This is why you don’t have the front and back pages falling out of a sewn binding like you would with a glued binding where the pages are cut, then stacked, then rubber cemented together. Those pages are not connected to each other in any way. If you bend the spine in a glued Bible, eventually pages will start falling out. Not so with a sewn binding. If you take care of it and treat it with respect it will last and last. The other benefit of this binding is the functionality of it. The Concord lays flat right out of the box. The cover doesn’t flop up and get in the way. The covers can be rolled backwards and out of the way even. I wouldn’t do this as a practice, but that is how flexible this Bible is. This particular Bible is a red letter edition. That simply means that the words of Jesus are printed in red text, including places where He is quoted by the apostles. Some people find this to be a very helpful feature. The Concord has two black ribbon markers. They are good quality without being too thick. I have had some Bibles with thicker markers that actually imprint on the pages they are between. I have had other Bibles with markers that were so thin that they crinkled up and are almost useless. It is very unattractive to open the Bible up to crinkled pages or markers. The Concord has neither problem. The Bible ships in a clamshell type retail box. I would keep the Box for storage. This Bible is to supple to stand on its edge. It should be laid flat on a flat surface when not in use. This Bible is as pretty close to being perfect. If Cambridge would produce this in an NASB I would be satisfied. Over all, I found the Concord to be a superlative Bible. It stands out from the mass produced Chinese and Korean Bibles as an example of what they should be aiming for. KJV Concord Reference Bible, Black Edge-Lined Goatskin Leather, Red Letter Text KJ566:XRE Black Goatskin Leather RCD266 isbn: 9780521512978See all reviews
19th Jun 2017 by ErinPavlicek
This is a superior bible, which I've owned for years. I use it for both reading and extensive study, and it's proven to be durable, lovely to read, and packed with biblical resources. I especially appreciate the Translator's Note and the Family Heirloom pages which most modern bibles have eliminated. It is also a bible that allows for extensive note-taking and highlighting. The pages are durable and there is no bleed. I also love the 9 point bold font. It's especially kind to the eyes. As the founder of Appointed Time Ministries I highly recommend this Bible to anyone looking for a quality product that will be an heirloom which can be passed onto future generations. It's a most worthy investment. I'll never own another bible. The Concord by Cambridge beats all. --Erin Pavlicek Appointed Time Ministries
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- Date Published: October 1999
- format: Leather / fine binding
- isbn: 9780521512978
- length: 1530 pages
- dimensions: 230 x 163 x 42 mm
- weight: 0.905kg
- contains: 15 maps
- availability: Available
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