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How to find your way around Cambridge Bibles.

Cambridge Bible Navigation

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Common to all Cambridge translations:

A.  Pitt Minion.  All Cambridge Bible translations begin with the Pitt Minion Format, a small, personal size Bible (4.75 x 6.875)  While portable - they are loved by many but are impractical for anyone who is struggling to see normal size print. 

B.  Wide Margins.  Most Cambridge Bible translations (except NLT) have a Wide Margin line. The layout and pagination of the Bible text are identical to the smaller Pitt Minion, but this edition has enlarged text, wide margins for personal notes and is printed on paper that stands up well to note-taking. (7.25 x 9)  Photos of this series.

C.  Clarion.  Cambridge has a new format known as the Clarion series.  It is a paragraph format Bible with references in the margins.  It is a personal size Bible, but is highly legible.  It is currently available in the KJV, NKJV, ESV & NASB - the NIV is due in 2014.  All Clarions are currently black letter.  Here are some photos of this series.

D.  Material and Color Choice.  Pitt Minions and Wide Margins come with a choice of binding material.  Bindings range from the contemporary ‘faux’ leather to the most durable and flexible goatskin.  This material choice is the largest single determiner of price.   For example, the ESV has 3 material choices for its Pitt Minion: Trutone, French Morocco (split calfskin) and Goatskin.  Apart from this material difference-the paper, sewing, typeface, etc.  are similar.

E.  Cambridge KJV- In addition to the Pitt Minion and Wide Margin Series, the King James Version has  a wider spectrum of choice-the KJV has about a 10 different Cambridge editions in addition to the the Pitt Minion and Wide Margin. 

 

ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION (ESV)

a.  Pitt Minion (4.75 x 6.875)  Available in Trutone (black letter), French Morocco (Burgundy-Red Letter), Goatskin (Black-Red Letter & Brown-black letter)  Here is pdf of the text.

ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION (ESV)

a. Clarion (5.125 x 7.0625)  Available in Calfsplit (black letter), Calfskin (Brown-Black Letter), Goatskin (Black-Black Letter)  Here are photos of this Bible.

ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION (ESV)

b.  Wide Margin (7.25 x 9)  Available in Hardback (black Lettter), Brown Bonded Leather (red letter), Goatskin (red letter and black letter)

 

ESV Pitt Minion

ESV Wide Margin

Outside Dimensions

5.1" x 7.4" 7.6" x 9.5"

Inside  Dimensions

4.5" x 6.9" 6.9" x 8.9"

Weight

15 oz 2 lb 8 oz

Font Size

6 ¾ /7 pt Lexicon 8/8 pt Lexicon

Shell (Outer)Binding

Trutone, French Morocco, Goatskin Hardback, Bonded, Goatskin.

Inside Binding

Card Synthetic for Goatskin

Binding

Sewn Sewn

Margin

1/4" 1.4" (side) 1" (bottom) .8" (top)

Paper

India Bible Paper (most opaque)

Maps

Yes Yes

Concordance

Yes Yes

Cross References

Yes Yes

ESV Text

2007 2007

Book Block

Netherlands Netherlands

Lined Paper in back

No Yes

Text Color

Black or Red Black or Red

Edging

Art Gilt (Red Under Gold) Applies only to Goatskin Art Gilt only for Goatskin

Edging

No Gilt Line No Gilt Line

Ribbon Markers

1 or 2 2 for Goatskin; 1 for hbk and bonded

Introduction to each book

No. No.

Yapp

No. No.

 “Holy Bible”

on Cover

No. Yes.
 
 

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

a.  Pitt Minion- (4.75 x 6.875) available in black and burgundy French Morocco, black and brown goatskin-all NASB Bibles have the words of Christ in red.

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

a. Clarion (5.125 x 7.0625)  Available in Calfsplit (black letter), Calfskin (Brown-Black Letter), Goatskin (Black-Black Letter) 

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

b.  Wide Margin (8.125 x 10) -availble in black French Morocco and Goatskin-all NASB Bibles have the words of Christ in red.

New Living Translation (NLT)

a.  Pitt Minion- 4.875 x 6.9375 -All NLT are 'red letter' for the words of Christ.-Available in black French Morocco, black and brown goatskin.

   

New King James Version (NKJV)

a.  Pitt Minion- 4.75 x 6.875 -All NASB Pitt Minions have the words of Christ in red.  Available in burgundy and black French Morocco, black and brown goatskin.

New King James Version (NKJV)

b.  Wide Margin- 7.25 x 9-Words of Christ in red for all Bibles-Available in black Goatksin, French Morocco; and a blue hardback.  The goatskin has art gilt edges.

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

c.  Clarion (5.125 x 7.0625)  Available in Calfsplit (black letter), Calfskin (Brown-Black Letter), Goatskin (Black-Black Letter) 

 

New International Version (NIV) (2011)

Cambridge will have the Pitt Minion series by the end of 2013, followed by the Clarion in 2014.

 
 

King James Version (KJV)

Concord Reference- this is our overall favorite Cambridge Bible.  It's set in a classic reference format.  The type is bold, crisp and clear.  The paper is opaque.  This Bible is one of the best Bibles that we carry.

King James Version (KJV) Clarion Reference.

7.0625 x 5.125 Black letter.

King James Version  (KJV)

Personal Concord Edition- This is a smaller version of the Concord - it does not match the quality of its larger brother.

 

King James Version (KJV)

Presentation Reference Bible (currently out of print)

 

King James Version (KJV)

Cameo Reference Bible - A truly superb personal size Bible.

We have a Cameo Reference Page.

King James Version (KJV)

Concord Wide Margin. Cambridge Wide Margins are known to be the best overally Wide Margins in the industry.  They are designed specifically for study and note taking.

King James Version (KJV)

Lectern Bible

 

there are more King James Version Bibles that can be found here: click here.
 
Below:  KJV Comparison Chart
 
  Concord Ref. Personal Concord Presentation Ref. Concord Wide Margin

Typeface

Times Semi-bold Times Semi-bold Antique Old Style Times Semi-bold

Outside Dimensions

6.1" x 8.5" 7.3"x 4.9" 9.65" x 6.3" 9.64"7.87"

Inside  Dimensions

5.5" x 8.24" 6.87" x 4.5" 9.25" x 6" 9" x 7.25"

Weight

1 lb 11 oz 1 lb 4 oz 2 lb 6 oz 3lb 1 oz

Font Size

8/9 pt 7 pt 10/11 pt 8/9 pt

Shell (Outer)Binding

Goat or French Morocco French Morocco Goatskin or French Morocco Goatskin, Calfskin, French Morocco

Inside Binding

Synthetic Card Synthetic or Card Synthetic or Card

Binding

Art Gilt for Goat. Gilt Art Gilt for Goatskin Art Gilt for Goatskin and Calfskin-Gold for French Morocco.

Margin

14mm/ .55" 9 mm/.35" 13mm/.51" 35mm/1.37" (side & bottom) 20mm/.78" (top)

Paper

Opaque Bible Paper India Bible Paper

Maps

Yes Yes Yes Yes

Concordance

Yes Yes Yes Yes

Dictionary

Yes. Yes Yes Yes

Cross References

Yes Yes Yes Yes
Thumb Index     Yes for French Morocco No.

Book Block

Netherlands Belarus Netherlands Netherlands

Binding

Britain Britain Britain Netherlands
Binding sewn sewn sewn sewn

self pronouncing

Yes Yes Yes Yes

Italics for inserted text

Yes Yes Yes Yes

Lined Paper in back

No. No. No 56 pages

Text Color

Black or Red Red Red black letter

Edging

Art Gilt for Goat Gilt Art Gilt for Goatskin-Gold for French Morocco. Art Gilt for Goatskin and Calfskin.

Edging

No Gilt Line No Gilt line Gilt Line No Gilt line

Ribbon Markers

2 1 2 2

Yapp

No. No. No No

 “Holy Bible”

on Cover & Spine

Yes for Goat and French Morocco No. Yes Yes
1611 Preface Yes Yes Yes Yes
 
 
Common Glossary of Terms

Apocryphal/ Deuterocanonical books

An influential group of ancient writings increasingly studied as aids and additions to the accepted canon of Scripture.

Art-gilt edges

A decorative finish to the page edges in which a red dye and gilt foil combine to add richness and lustre to the finished volume.

Bible paper

Thicker than India paper, but still much thinner than common book papers.

Concordance

An alphabetical list of key words that can be used for locating a Bible quotation or identifying related material. It catalogues the places in the text where significant words may be found, with their chapter and verse.

Cross-references

A system by which verses which have a similar wording or theme are linked throughout the Bible. They may be located in the centre of the page or at the margin.

Dictionary

Short histories of biblical characters, as well as explanations of terms and background information, usually presented in alphabetical order.

family recordFamily record

A decorated page bound into a Bible or prayer book on which the owner can record births, deaths, marriages and other significant family events.

Gilt edges

A decorative finishing style in which a gold-coloured metallic foil is applied to the edges of the pages after they have been cut and rubbed smooth. Silver foil is often applied to the page edges of volumes bound in white. See also art-gilt edges.

Gilt line

A plain gold line or 'frame' on the inside covers.

India paper

The paper traditionally used for the best quality Bibles. The name is now generally used for papers that weigh less than 30 grammes per square metre ('20lb' paper in the USA.)

Presentation page

A decorated page bound into a Bible or prayer book on which may be inscribed the name of the giver of the book, the name of the recipient and the date of the gift.

Pronunciation marks

Some Bible texts incorporate a phonetic system for indicating the way difficult names should be pronounced, showing the vowel sounds and stressed syllables, as in a dictionary. These volumes are sometimes called 'self-pronouncing'.

Reference Edition

A Bible that includes cross-references to guide the reader to other parts of the Bible where similar subjects are treated. Footnotes also give variant readings of the text. Reference editions often include a concordance, maps and other study material.

Text Edition

A Bible in which the text only is provided, without cross-references.

Thumb Index

Thumb indexed editions have semi-circular cuts made by hand in the outer margins of the pages. The abbreviated names of the books of the Bible are stamped on small tabs, which are firmly glued on to the first page of the individual books, to enable the reader to find the page quickly.

Zip fastener

A zip sewn into the edge of the cover that may be closed to protect the gilt edges.

Goatskin

A beautiful and very durable top-quality, natural grain leather. Strong yet supple, it is used for the finest bindings. Traditionally known as Morocco leather.

Calfskin leather

A traditional high-quality leather used in fine bindings. It is long-lasting and its suppleness increases with use. Cambridge calfskin bindings use only top-grain leather.

French Morocco leather

Leather taken from a split calfskin, slightly thinner than other grades and therefore flexible and soft even when new. A French Morocco binding offers high-quality real leather at an economical price.

Bonded leather

Cambridge uses only bonded leather which is made from 100% real leather fibre, reconstituted with a strong resin bonding. That is simply the best quality bonded leather available – supple, handsome and durable.

Bible Imitation leather

A less expensive material that has a good resemblance to real leather. It has an attractive feel is easily cleaned.

Berkshire leather

A term for pigskin — the material most commonly used in bookbinding when 'genuine leather' is the description used.

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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