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The 2010 Cambridge Cameo (Bottom to top-Faux Leather, Goatskin, Calfsplit, Brown Calfskin)

 

Cambridge Cameo

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The Cambridge Cameo is not entirely new.  This is a revision of a well known Cambridge Classic.  Cambridge has taken the petit Medieval Clarendon text and made it sharper than in previous printings. This is an excellent Bible.
Legibility:  In all 4 Cameo bindings there is a similar book block with a similar typeface (8pt Medieval Clarendon).  In our experience with Bible binding, Personal Size Reference Bibles are often extremely portable, at the expense of legibility.  The Cameo is different.  The expression, 'You can have your cake and eat it,' applies to the Cameo.  Legibility is a function of many factors-the Cameo has done well in each sector.  A.  Paper is opaque  B.  Adequate boldness and clarity of text.  C.  Adequate spacing between letters (Kerning) and lines (leading). D.  Font Size.  In every legible sector Cambridge has the highest marks.
Binding: All Cambridge Bibles are sewn.  Distinctive to Cambridge (and Allan) Bibles is that they actually lie flat when opened-which is a function of their superior binding.  The Cameo edition comes in 4 different binding materials, so please read comments below each Bible.
Class:  This Bible falls into the Personal Size Reference Class.  It is not a pocket Bible, Wide Margin Bible, Large Print or Classic Reference.  It is a Bible designed to be easily transported-and as we have previously mentioned-it is also highly legible.
Overall:  These Personal Size Reference Bibles are the top in their class.  Their competition comes only from the British publisher, R.L. Allan with its Oxford Clarendon and Blackface range.

 

Faux Leather

Calfsplit

Brown Calfskin

Black Goatskin

Apochrypha
No
Yes
No
No

Outside Dimensions

7 1/2" x 5"
7 1/2" x 5"
7 1/2" x 5"
7 1/2" x 5"

Inside  Dimensions

7" x 4 1/2"
7" x 4 1/2"
7" x 4 1/2"
7" x 4 1/2"

Weight

1lb 4 oz
1lb 7 oz
1lb 6 oz
1lb 4oz

Font Size

8
8
8
8

Shell (Outer)Binding

Synthetic
Calfskin
Calfskin
Goatskin

Inside Binding

card
card
card
leather

Binding Origin

Netherlands
Netherlands
Netherlands
Netherlands
Printing Origin
Netherlands
Netherlands
Netherlands
Netherlands

Margin

1cm
1cm
1cm
1cm

Paper

India
India
India
India

Maps

yes
yes
yes
yes

Concordance

yes
yes
yes
yes

Cross References

yes
yes
yes
yes

Book Block

sewn
sewn
sewn
sewn
Italicized text
yes
yes
yes
yes
Pronunciation Marks
yes
yes
yes
yes

Lined Paper in back

no
no
no
no

Text Color for Christ

red
red
red
red

Edging

Gilt
Gilt
Art Gilt
Art Gilt

Edge Lined

no
no
no
yes

Ribbon Markers

2 (black)
2 (black)
2 (brown)
2 (red)

Introduction to each book

no
no
no
no

 “Holy Bible”

on Cover

no
no
yes
yes
Left to Right: Goatskin, Brown Calfskin, Calfsplit, Faux Leather
 
Above: Goatskin Binding.  Similar in feel to the Cambridge Concord Reference Goatskin.  Extremely supple and flexbible.  This Bible takese the shape of its surroundings. The softest of Cambridge Goatskin Bindings.  All professional Bible binders will say in virtual unanimity that goatskin is the best binding material available. (Please read review below)
"I love this new Cameo! It fits perfectly in the hand, has a beautiful bold antique typeface (Clarendon) which is easily read and a delight on the eyes, and the quality of this newly improved printing is unsurpassed in quality. I chose the black goatskin binding, which is very supple and edge lined. The red letter ink for the words of Christ while upon earth is very nicely subdued so it doesn't "jump" off the page like in some older bibles. Thanks for putting the Cameo back in production Cambridge! It's size, design and materials seem just right for a compact King James bible in every way."
John Comito
 

Above (top)-Black Calfsplit.  This is the only edition with the Apocrypha (so spine width is about 1 1/4").  Unique binding grain as one can see from the photos. A bit more stiff than the goatskin. (Please read review below)

"I have been waiting on this Bible for almost a year. It was late 2009 when I first learned that Cambridge planed to re-issue their classic Cameo edition of the Bible. The Cameo has been my favorite setting of the Authorized Version of the Bible, but to be honest I didn’t expect too much based on some of the mediocre Bibles that Cambridge has published over the past few years. However, I began to hear good things about what they had planned for the 2010 Cameo. So, did they pull it off? Did they issue a Cameo that was worthy of their reputation as one of the finest Bible publishers in the world? I think the answer to those questions is “yes, and then some.”

The cover material used in this Bible is calf split leather, calfskin that has been split down the middle to make it thinner and more flexible. It has a deep, pebbly grain that is as much of a pleasure to touch as it is to look at. The appearance of the leather reminds me of a Bible that would have been published in the mid 20th Century, but is very uncommon today. They have also included two ribbon markers.

I became a little concerned when I learned that Cambridge had plans to “enhance” the Cameo text. Why tamper with something that has stood the test of 90 years and risk making a mess of it? However, my fears proved to be unfounded, they made the text slightly darker, slightly more crisp and easier on the eyes. This is still the classic Cameo setting and it retains the look, feel and charm of the older Cameo editions.

Although Cambridge has made some mistakes with some of their editions over the last few years, they have more than made up for them with the 2010 Cameo. This Bible is a very, very well made edition and a worthy successor to the high quality Cambridge editions of decades past."
by Michael Swoveland

Above:  The Brown Vachetta Calfskin Bible.  A relatively smooth fine calfskin leather, with slight black marble pattern (difficult to see from the photos).  Soft and flexbible, though not so much as the goatskin. (Please read review below)

"Well, I just have to say that I just got my hands on this Cameo everyone has been raving about and I'm very pleased. The text block is amazingly clear and legible given it's font size. And the brown vachetta calfskin is very soft and flexible. I can only imagine what the goatskin it like. I'm very happy with this purchase."
Joseph Albert Jr

 
Above:  The 8 point Medieval Clarendon will be pleasant to read.  Bold and clear with italicized words and pronunciation marks.  Paper is opaque.  Our Allan Bibles also sport the Clarendon text type which has proven to be a favorite with our readers.  It is bold, clear, crisp and remarkably legible for 8 point font.  Because of the Clarendon's unique design as a text type-it is more legible than other 9.5 and 10.0 types.  Clarendon is one of the best personal size types.
 

Above:  The 'faux' leather Bible is attractive in its own right.  Synthetic materials do not have the same longevity as do true leather bindings.

 
Above:  All 4 editions have the words of Christ (on earth) in Red.
 
Common Glossary of Terms

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.
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.
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.)
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.
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'.

Smyth Sewn Binding

Smyth Sewn (also known as Section Sewn) book bindings are the highest quality book binding available on the market today. It is the hallmark of library quality, archival safe books because the pages are physically sewn into the book using binders thread and further reinforced with fabric backing and adhesive to create the most usable and durable books available. Look closely at the binding where the pages meet the spine and you can see the folds of the page signatures. Open the book to the middle of a signature and you may be able to see the binding thread stitches. Smyth Sewn bindings use thread to sew through folded signatures of a book. Signatures are made by printing on large sheets and then folding into groups of pages, usually 16 or 24 at a time. Each signature is sewn individually with threads going through each page several times. The threads are then tied off. All of the signatures are likewise attached together with thread creating what is called the book block. The book block is further strengthened using flannel and adhesive on the spine.

 
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