This has got to be the fastest shipping from London to Minnesota ever! Today I received my Limited Edition Dark Grey copy of the the KJV Longprimer, or affectionately known as #53.I am not writing a full review here, as I’ve done for other editions. I’ll just highlight some key standout features of the Longprimer in general and the #53DG in particular, then I’ll give you some photos…
- 10 point bold font with 11 point leading. The font on the Longprimer is truly in a class by itself, and it pops off the opaque India paper to make for a eminently readable Bible.
- Full yapp. The Longprimer set the standard here.
- Art-gilding. In the black (#53), brown (#53BR), and red (#53R) editions, it is red-under-gold. In the navy (#53NB), it is blue-under-gold.
- Double gilt line.
- Full leather linings.
- Highland Goatskin cover.
Those are features of all the other goatskin Longprimers. Here’s what is unique about the Limited Edition #53DG:
- Blue-under-silver art gilding. Wowza!
- Unique ribbon colors– two grey and one purple. Wowza!!
- Unique leather lining material, lambskin, and color, purple. Wowza!!!
- This one is not Highland Goatskin, as the others, but rather just “Goatskin” (probably meaning it doesn’t come from the Nigerian highlands, as with the others). It looks different (a more regular, pebbly grain; shinier) and feels different (smoother).
With this color combo, the Limited Edition #53DG Longprimer is regal, elegant, and incredibly beautiful…one of the finest looking Bibles I’ve ever seen. If you have one on preorder, you’re going to love it! If not, you may want to look for one on ebay, as the limited run of 50 is entirely sold out!
Many people love the Longprimer. It is the quintessential Allan classic, the company’s “bread and butter”, and for good reason: Beautiful fit and finish, highly readable typesetting, and an amazingly useful form factor (9″x6″x1.25″). The fact that it is two-columns and verse-by-verse rather than paragraphed amount to two strikes against it in my book. But these very things are what many love about it, and I must admit, it makes for an excellent teaching/preaching layout. If you’re looking for the Grey, you’re outta luck unless they turn up on ebay. If you’re looking for any of the other four colors, get them before this print run sells out (here or here).
And lest we get lost in leather-bound English-Bible luxury, please remember to pray for translations in the remaining 1,859 Bible-less languages in our world. Click here to see my heart on the matter and to even support the work of Bible translation.
Enjoy these two photo galleries!