Leather Bibles NKJV
If you are looking for leather Bibles, you should first know that bookbinding is an old art craft. There are many kinds of bookbinding used. Nothing compares to the durability and looks of leather binding.
Leather bookbinding has long been a traditional practice for publishers. Furthermore, leather binding is almost synonymous with the greatest literary works and dates back as far as the 3rd or 4th century.
The oldest surviving leather bound book in the world is the Nag Hammadi Library, a collection of 13 leather bound volumes of codices and Gnostic Christianity.
This proves just how durable leather is. Of course, it is a great choice no matter which Bible translation you are looking for. More about that in a moment. First, let’s look at the various ways leather Bibles are bound.
Why The Preference For Leather For Bibles?
When it comes to preservation, leather is the most ubiquitous durable material.
Almost all domestic animals skin or hide is a source of material for leather bookbinding. Hence, there is an abundant source of material. In addition, leather is not exclusive to calf. A host of different animal hides can be processed as leather.
Also, animal hides are flexible and sturdy, making them easier to process.
Kinds Of Leather Used For Bookbinding
Bookbinding for leather Bible involves the following kinds of leather.
Vellum leather comes from young calf or lamb. Also, it’s very smooth grained. It tends to shrink giving your book a tight fit.
Top grained calf leather. This is the most widely used material for book covers and bindings.
Pebble grain fine leather that originates from Morocco. Furthermore, very expensive material
This leather comes from sheepskin. In addition, it is textured and dyed. A cheaper imitation of the goatskin.
Outer grain hide of either sheep or goat. Also, used more for spine labels than bookbinding.
- Bonded Leather
This leather comes from fibers of leather put together to form another material. Example is polyurethane.
Types Of Leather Bindings
- Quarter bound – only the spine is leather. The front and back boards use a different material
- Half bound covers the front and back cover boards. In addition, it covers the spine. Uncovered parts uses a different material
- Three quarter bound is similar to half bound, except it covers a big portion of the spine and corners.
- Limp bound originates from the Medieval era. This is a way of using leather to bind books. You wrap and stretch the leather across a hard board the cover the spine and both sides of the book.
Making Your Bible Cover Come Alive
Leather may be durable, but aesthetically, it is not pleasing to look at. Plain leather looks boring and dull. However, leather is also the best material for embossing and tooling.
Below is a list of design techniques that you can do on leather:
- Embossing. This technique uses design patterns stamped or pressed on leather to make it stand out.
- Blind tooling. This is imprinting decorative designs, insignia or patterns with the use of a leather craft tools. Also, blind tooling is usually natural in color and matches the surface of the leather
- Gold tooling. This is the same as blind tooling except the imprint on the surface of the leather is lined with gold.
- Lacework design on book cover decoration.
A Sneak Peek At Leather Bibles
NIV Clarion Reference Bible, Black Edge-lined Goatskin Leather
Description and Features:
- Easy read reference bible
- Also, NIV text in one column paragraph while cross reference is in outer margin
- Font 9 type but the generous spacing enhances its readability
- Colorful maps
- Two ribbon markers
- Printed in Indian paper
- Fully sewn gilt edges
- Soft goatskin leather binding
NKJV Wide Margin Reference Bible, Black Edge-lined Goatskin Leather, Red-letter Text
- New King James Version translation
- Enlarged text and wide margin for notes and insights
- Extensive concordance
- Thicker paper
- Sewn binding in real Moroccan goatskin leather to make it more supple
- Red letter text. Also, full cross reference
- 2 ribbon markers
- Lays flat when open
- 32 extra lined pages
The NKJV, Open Bible, Genuine Leather, Brown, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print: Complete Reference System
- Open Bible in New King James Version
- A collection of 66 books from various writers
- Scriptures with extensive reference system
- With thumb index option
- With topical index for easy referencing
- Comes in genuine leather and leather soft edition
- Large 9 point font
- Multiple ribbon markers
A Book To Last A Lifetime
In conclusion, choosing which translation you want to use is a personal preference. You can also choose a reading Bible or a journaling bible. Above all, whatever you choose, keep in mind that you will carry this book for a long time most especially if you chose a study bible.
You want to preserve your notations and personal comments because these are irreplaceable things. Gods word transcends time, don’t you think your Bible should be the same?
The New King James Version is the most widely used translation of the Bible. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that many people want their copy of this bible to be adorned and protected with leather.