The beauty and craftsmanship of the book are outstanding. The quality of materials is the very best. The pages turn nicely and lay flat when the book is open to any location. The typography is elegant and legible. The type size is a little smaller than I expected, but I am getting used to it. Also, the verse numbers are embedded in the text in very small print, which makes verse references difficult to locate. The maps are excellent, as are the other reference features.
This has to be one of the nicest Bibles I have ever purchased. In addition to the references, it's concordance and binding, it lays flat when open. That has to be one of the best features of this Cambridge Bible. No more moving my head this way or that in order to continue reading the text.
I own bibles published by Nelson (signature), Allan, Oxford, etc. this is my favorite Bible. The leather is so soft you won't be able to set it down. The pages lay flat at any section as soon as you take it out of the box. It doesn't attempt to shut at front & back like so many books will.
Cambridge has become my preference. I use this Bible when preaching and for daily reading. I love the paper quality, the maps, 2 ribbon markers, art gilt pages, etc. I do wish the ribbon markers were more like Allan's (wider), but I love every detail of this Bible.
I also have the Pitt Minion which is a great companion bible. To those concerned about the price, consider this: many college text books are in the same price range & parents/students buy them without question. This is the word of God, and this Bible is made to last a lifetime. My only regret about buying this Bible is that I didn't buy it sooner!
The quality of the binding is as great as expected with a Cambridge Bible. Even the maps are a better quality than my last wide margin. But the problem I have with this is the font is too small. Also there is extra space added to the thickness of the Bible (almost 1/4 inch) with a blank pages section for notes. Notes are typically done on separate paper and not permanently in your Bible. There is plenty of space in the margins for notes and scripture references which is why I like the wide margin but reducing the print size to get the margin is a big disappointment.