Finesse is the word that comes to mind when handling this bible. You get more than what you pay for.
The crystal coated cover with gold stamping has impressive antique artwork, as does the spine. So distinct from the usual mono-colour hard covers; even the back cover looks nice, and does not have publisher blurbs, which are relegated to the back of the presentation box. The pages have gold gilt edges. They are fairly thick and pleasant to touch. They do not stick together like some thin paged versions from the same Thomas Nelson publisher. The bible opens up more of less flat on a table.
The text reads well. The print is well inked. The cover page proclaims that it is "A word-for-word reprint of the First Edition of the Authorized Version presented in roman letters for easy reading and comparison with subsequent editions".
The Apocrypha placed between Old and New Testaments means that opening the bible in the centre does not find Psalms. The nice ribbon over Psalms is thus not centred. I am not hot on ribbons, but another closer to the New Testament would make good symmetry. There is very ample space on the sides of pages to take a multitude of post-it stickers.
This actually had the old English writing in it. At first if you don't know which letters in the English language have changed since then and you haven't actually read the Bible then you might have a little bit of a hard time. But it's on of those books you should have as it's not only the Bible but it's also represents the first printing press document. I really want to take some time and go through the writer's comments and see what they had origianlly written to introduce the Bible and it even has some of the Apocrypha books. Just remember if you don't want to read them because they 'aren't part of the cannon' then realize you probably don't want to read Shakespear or C.S. Lewis or any other writer... But seriously just for starter help:
I and J are reversed
f is old S
V and U are reversed
You'll find a few others but remember it's not misprint.
The English language has actually changed since the original print.
It makes an excellent gift, I doubt if any gift at this price is better value and will be better received.
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