Can the best get better? This week I learned the answer is a resounding “yes.” What follows is not a full-fledged Bible review (I reviewed the 1st edition of the Quentel ESV here). Rather, this is a brief write-up that attempts two things: (1) To note the differences between the 1st and 2nd edition Quentel ESV; and (2) To make observations on this new color.
The second printing of the ESV Quentel is not much different than the first. In fact, the only difference is a calfskin liner on the new ones as opposed to a bonded leather liner on the older ones. And there are two new colors: British Tan and Dark Purple (the latter already sold out). The calf liner on this 2nd edition makes for a more attractive interior and a more flexible cover. As a result, it almost feels like a thicker version of an Allan cover (a high compliment to Schuyler). Compared to the 1st edition’s bonded leather liner, which was a bit shinier, this is more matte, which I love. And note how you can see a slight impression from the cover’s blind-stamped cross on the liner– I don’t know if that was intentional, but it looks good.
But a calfskin liner shouldn’t make a huge difference when it comes to the flexibility of the binding itself. So when evangelicalbible.com announced that it opened flat in Genesis 1, I was skeptical. The 1st edition featured a pretty strong binding tab that kept it from laying flat out of the box. This one still has that strong hinge, but the way its attached somehow allows it to lay flat, pretty much right out of the box, in Genesis 1. So three cheers to Jongbloed for a job well done! (And I’m sorry I doubted you, evangelicalbible.com)
What is “British Tan”? Just as a British accent seems to instantaneously make any person more attractive, so attaching the adjective “British” to anything instantaneously multiplies its appeal. I’ll make three observations about the color, and then I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
- It is not orange! It is a difficult color to accurately represent in photographs, but I want to assure concerned customers that it is somewhere far down the line in the brown spectrum (though in some lighting it may look to be orange-ish). I hope my photos do it justice.
- It is an incredibly beautiful color, while at the same time being tastefully understated. Maybe its simply the presence of the word “British”, but this Bible looks very refined to my eyes. While it doesn’t scream “look at me!” like a crimson Bible might, it does convey culture and demand admiration. (If it were a tan American rather than a “British tan”, it would almost certainly scream “look at me!”)
- The combination of brown ribbons, red-under-gold art gilt, and a tan cover makes this a much more subtle colorway than any of the other options. There is less contrast, and thus each color has less “pop” and “pizzaz.” This is not a criticism, but just an observation. So if you want loads of contrast, you might want to look at another color. I, for one, think this colorway is attractively and tastefully matched; I wouldn’t have it any other way. And as a side-note, I love the choice of brown for the liner, which creates just the right contrast between the cover and the paper when the book is sitting open.
Even in retrospect I wouldn’t have chosen another color over tan. And this is coming from a guy who had Schuyler Bibles in Dark Green and Antique Marble, and has one in Imperial Blue…and also a guy who second-guesses nearly everything at least three times!
The ESV Quentel is available in British Tan (duh), plain black, Antique Marble (brown), Firebrick Red, Dark Green, and Imperial Blue…and the NASB 2nd edition is available for pre-order in all the same colors (purchase here). I told you this wouldn’t be a full review, so again, click here if that’s what you want. But for now, I hope you enjoy this gallery of the British Tan ESV Quentel!
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.