Beautiful nkjv Bible printed, and bound in the netherlands, quality work at its finest......
February 26, 2015
Age: Over 65
This beautiful copy of GODS Word is a fine example of old time craftsmanship. The leather is beautiful, weather you pick the split calf which is the least expensive of the line, but still a beautiful work, or you choose the softer calfskin, or the softest goatskin, all are wonderful to hold, easy to read, & wonderful to study.The paper is like silk, with very clear ledgible print, and easy on the eyes. I highly recommend purchasing one of these Beautiful copies of GODS' Word for life, for study, and armor for your work for the LORD.
May God Bless, and empower you for the work that is coming....soon
The Clarion from Cambridge is an example of modern Bible design done right. Here is a quote from the Cambridge website about the Clarion in NKJV;
A Cambridge Clarion edition represents an unusual and attractive combination of features a very readable text in a paragraph style, with a single-column layout all within a personal size reference Bible format. Here, the NKJV text is presented in a single column with the cross-references in the outer margin, giving the page a very well laid out appearance. The font size is a little under 9 point with generous line spacing. It is typeset in Lexicon No.1, a modern digital font which has many of the characteristics usually associated with traditional Bible typefaces in particular, a degree of readability more usually associated with much larger type. The Bible has 15 new colour maps and a concordance. There are two ribbons to keep the place in different parts of the Bible. This is a Bible of the very highest quality, printed on India paper with art-gilt edges, Smyth-sewn for flexibility and endurance, and bound in brown calfskin leather
Chances are if you are considering the purchase of the Clarion NKJV Bible in brown calfskin, you have a list of desired attributes in mind; manageable size, legibility, quality sewn binding, beautiful and durable cover, and so on. The Clarion fits the niche almost perfectly in my opinion. It brings together many desirable features without sacrificing too much in the other areas of design. The Clarion is larger than the Cameo. It is definitely thicker. The thickness of the Clarion does make it a bit more to hold than the Cameo, but the font is so much more legible. The tradeoff is well worth it. Because of the thicker format the Clarion can use a larger font. It is a modern font, printed with modern technology making it very clear and sharp. The Cameos font was cleaned up, but still doesnt compare to the font of the Clarion.
Another wonderful attribute is that you can get the Clarion in different translations. Currently it is available in the New American Standard Bible (NASB), the English Standard Version (ESV), the King James Version (KJV), and the New King James Version (NKJV), which I am reviewing.
So besides the size, font, and available modern translations, the Clarion also breaks in very well. I have been using an NASB Clarion in goatskin for my daily reading and it has become my standard for comparison. The NKJV in calfskin adds some rigidity to the cover. Instead of being edge lined and perimeter stitched with a very flexible material it uses a more common process of vinyl inner liners glued down to the outer cover. The added structure can be a pro to some and a con to others. In my opinion, if this Bible were thinner the stiffer cover would be a pro, but it is just a bit too thick. I cant roll the cover all the way around like I can with the goatskin covered Clarion. It makes it a little less comfortable for me. The cameo gets the size right for this type of cover, but at the sacrifice of font size, line spacing, and line matching. These all have a tremendous effect on the ease of reading. If you are going to buy the Clarion, Id suggest the goatskin. Of course this is just my opinion. Everyone has different sized hands and preferences. I suggest looking one over in the Christian book store, or getting your friend to let you borrow theirs for a few minutes. It is not a small investment for most people. Because of the quality of craftsmanship and materials used it will be with you for a long time. So it is important that you do your research before buying a lifetime companion like the Cambridge Clarion.
This Bible is covered with a genuine calfskin cover in brown. It is very supple and soft. On the front of this Bible is hot stamped, Holy Bible in gold. The spine of the cover has, Holy Bible at the top, New King James Version immediately under that. At the bottom of the spine is, Cambridge in gold as well. There are modest hubs worked into the spine as well.
The inner vinyl liners are black and glued neatly to the calfskin. The calfskin has been folded over and finished uniformly. The corners are all perfectly finished. There are two ribbon markers that are color matched to the cover. The ribbon markers are about a quarter inch wide.
The page edges are art gilded. This gives them a distinctive look that you won't find on less expensive Bibles. The paper is high quality opaque paper. It is slightly off white and contrasts with the black font nicely. The text is printed in a single column, paragraph format with line matching. Line matching is when the lines of text are printed in such a way so as to make the text on one side of the page directly opposite of the text on the other side of the page. This aids in legibility. The font is large enough to be easily read yet small enough to keep the size of the Clarion down. It is clearly, and uniformly printed. It has a useful concordance and the maps are printed on a heavier paper with a matte finish. The sewn binding is of the quality I've come to expect from Cambridge. The Clarion opens well and lays flat when opened.
To sum up, the Clarion is an excellent Bible that fills a big niche in the Bible market. Many Christians are on the lookout for a Bible that travels well, is easy on the eyes while reading, and is well made. The Clarion fits the bill and is available in some great translations.
The previous reviewer is 100% correct about page curling. This makes it a little difficult to use. I understand that the other editions of this Bible have different gilding on the page edges which may help, but I do not know so by personal experience.
This is a very handy size Bible and excellent quality other than that hang-up.
Finally, the NKJV gets the Cambridge Clarion! I just received mine yesterday, and it is beautiful. I have the split calf. It is a little stiff out of the box, but will still lay flat when you turn to Genesis 1:1.
For such a small Bible, it is so easy to read!
Here, in my opinion, is the Bible's only shortcoming, which is why I give it 4 stars, instead of 5: The paper curls.
It is so thin, that the page corners curl up. Not a deal breaker, but just to let you know. Other that, I highly recommend the Cambridge Clarion New King James Version.
I am very pleased with my Clarion NKJV Bible. The references are very complete, it is an excellent size and the type is clear, well spaced and easy to read.
The only complaints I have are that the concordance is abbreviated. I had read a pastor comment that it is complete. Not so, and I do like a good concordance. But the sheer beauty, size and weight outbalance that and the quality is outstanding. Mine has an edge on the back cover that does not lay flat--it is not glued down well. But I don't want part with it to send it back. It is very possible it is made that way, since the very edge is stitched. My leather lined Morocco Bibles don't do this.
The paragraph style is fine with me. It keeps the continuity of the thought better. The topic headings make it easy to find subjects. My last high quality Bible with India paper lasted 50 years and survived a puppy chewing on the corner quite well. I expect this one to do the same since it is Smyth-sewn, and goatskin is known to be very durable. The pages lay flat. The print is slightly visible from the back side but it does not detract from it since the paper is very opaque and high quality. However, writing on it leaves slight ridges on the back side so I doubt that I will make notes in this Bible.
My NKJV Study Bible is losing pages after only 2 years. It is just glued together and is only made of thin bonded leather that peals and cracks in time. That company just makes cheap disposable Bibles it would seem because none of theirs is Smyth-sewn or even genuine leather. Thank you, Caimbridge, for continuing to make high quality Bibles that should last a life time.