Mark Strobel Updates His Stack

Mark Strobel started the “stack photo” craze back in November when he shared a photo of Bibles he’d acquired “under the Bertrand influence.” Now he’s updated the stack, and thrown in some photos of an interesting (and tiny) Book of Common Prayer, and a hard-to-find Cambridge calfskin edition of the NRSV. Let’s take a look.

Among the pictures you’ll find attached are a revised and better quality picture of the “Bertrand Influence” stack. From bottom to top:

–Cambridge Wide Margin with Renaissance Faire Leather Cover
–Cambridge Calfskin NRSV
–ESV Cordovan Calfskin Classic Thinline
–Two ESV Portfolio Thinlines, including the brown one which survived a car accident that the car itself did not survive!
–Two editions of the Cambridge NRSV New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs

That’s all your influence.

Bertrand Influence Part 2

And then the top three, while not purchases resulting from your blog, include:

–Oxford Pocket NRSV
–Calfskin Oxford NRSV/BCP Combo
–Cambridge Pocket Book of Common Prayer, unknown publication date, but with the prayerbook custodian’s certification from 1893.

As for quality books, it’s safe to paraphrase St Paul. “Someone planted the seed, Bertrand watered, God gave the growth.”

Prayerbook 1893 Scale

Prayerbook 1893 Spread

The other pictures include a couple detail shots of the Cambridge Calfskin and the Cambridge Book of Common Prayer. I don’t have particularly large hands, but you get a clear sense of how small this book is.

Cambridge Calkfskin Text

Cambridge Calfskin

Cambridge Calfskin 1

Thanks, Mark, for sharing these photos. I like the look of that NRSV layout — and as always, I’m loving that combined Oxford BCP/NRSV in red!

8 Comments on “Mark Strobel Updates His Stack

  1. That’s a gorgeous little prayer book & in wonderful condition for the era of 1893! I have a little Oxford NT Pocket Bible published in 1914 about the same size as this with semi-yapp edges that was given to a soldier in my family – it’s beautiful but showing many signs of wear & tear after surviving at least one of the World Wars.
    The NRSV text ‘layout’ seems to be identical to the Allan’s NIV Bold edition which is nice to see. I noticed Allan’s has an NRSV in goatskin now & wondered if the text block was the same is this?
    Sorry to post off the topic (hopefully it will solve Rod’s dilemma re: ‘missing comments’).
    Rod – Pastor Ron answered your problem, but then you won’t be able to read his comment till you figure out how to get to the next page – so I’ll post it here for you:
    “@Rod: Try navigating down to the bottom of the article you want to look at. You will see a small arrow at the center of the page; you should click on that and find the current posts such as the ones you referenced to… Pastor Ron”
    I misunderstood you & got it backwards in my last comment in the Allan’s NIV Bold review (sometimes I can’t see the ‘recent comments’ on the right-hand side & need to reload the page fresh).
    Hope that helps & thanks for sharing these pics Mark :)

  2. That’s a gorgeous little prayer book & in wonderful condition for the era of 1893! I have a little Oxford NT Pocket Bible published in 1914 about the same size as this with semi-yapp edges that was given to a soldier in my family – it’s beautiful but showing many signs of wear & tear after surviving at least one of the World Wars.
    The NRSV text ‘layout’ seems to be identical to the Allan’s NIV Bold edition which is nice to see. I noticed Allan’s has an NRSV in goatskin now & wondered if the text block was the same is this?
    Sorry to post off the topic (hopefully it will solve Rod’s dilemma re: ‘missing comments’).
    Rod – Pastor Ron answered your problem, but then you won’t be able to read his comment till you figure out how to get to the next page – so I’ll post it here for you:
    “@Rod: Try navigating down to the bottom of the article you want to look at. You will see a small arrow at the center of the page; you should click on that and find the current posts such as the ones you referenced to… Pastor Ron”
    I misunderstood you & got it backwards in my last comment in the Allan’s NIV Bold review (sometimes I can’t see the ‘recent comments’ on the right-hand side & need to reload the page fresh).
    Hope that helps & thanks for sharing these pics Mark :)

  3. Thanks for the pictures – This does seem to be the same as the Allan’s NIV Bold edition, I would love to see this exact formatting in a KJV or ESV especially the dotted lines and references.

  4. Ryan, here is the isbn for the Cambridge calfskin NRSV with apocrypha: 0521509351. This is out of print but you can sometimes find a copy on Amazon or eBay.

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