Size Comparison: The Allan’s ESV Range

This morning I received copies of the new R. L. Allan Reader's Reference Edition ESV, and will be writing more about them shortly. For now, I want to address what must be a common question, which is how the latest addition to the Allan's ESV line-up compares with the other two. I stacked three black highland goatskin Bibles — the Personal Size Reference, the Classic Reference (ESV1), and the Reader's Edition — one on top of the other, then snapped a few photos.


The Reader's Edition is taller and wider than the ESV1 (middle), and of course it dwarves the PSR (top). If you've ever handled the Allan's Long Primer, you know this is a good thing. Why? Because that larger, wider footprint combined with a similar width makes the text block's proportions just right for liquid flexibility, taking full advantage of the highland goatskin's suppleness. Of the three options, this one feels the best in the hand … by far. 


I'm not going to share too much at this point. You'll have to wait for the full review. But I'm guessing that if you're using the ESV in the pulpit, this is the edition you're going to want. All the details are upgraded, the type size is comfortable, and it melts in the hand. More later …



11 Comments on “Size Comparison: The Allan’s ESV Range

  1. I wonder what the size comparison is between the new Allan Readers Edition and the Cambridge Wide Margin….They seem to be pretty similar in size.

  2. My guess from the pictures is that the Allan is not quite as wide as the Cambridge. It would be nice if Mark can take a picture of those two.

  3. > … will be writing more about them shortly.
    > All the details are upgraded … More later …
    I await with not so patient anticipation. 🙂

  4. If this is going to be more than 5 seconds before the final review I see this as unfair and teasing! not NICE 🙂 thank you in advance for the review.

  5. I don’t know if anyone else is experiencing this…But I can’t see any of the images of the bibles. Kind of stinks considering…Mark, any ideas? (Firefox and Safari). I’m a Mac user 10.6…Oh and it’s just your site.

  6. There’s no doubt that I will soon own the Reader’s Edition. I have loved the ESV Tan that I have but my older eyes will benefit from the larger type. There also appears to be wider margins for notes (I know some of you don’t mark your bibles but I do and always will). I want to read Mark’s review first. My main question is about paper. Does the Reader’s Edition have the same paper as its predecessors? Or are the pages like those in the Long Primer? If you want to see pictures of the Reader’s Edition check out this link:
    Waiting for your review, Mark……

  7. The suspense of waiting for my Readers Edition to arrive before Christmas and Mark’s review is absolutely killin’ me!
    Please, please, please review this Reader’s Edition this weekend (Dec 19/20). I’m really looking forward to Mark’s ‘fine tooth comb’ review on every aspect of this edition before mine arrives. Can’t wait…
    Patience is not my forte. 😉

  8. I bought my ESV1 in April and was very happy. I could read it well and the low/moderate text bleed through wasn’t bothering me. I’m in my 40’s and sometime this summer I started noticing that everything I try to read I have to hold further back. My Bible was the thing that hit the hardest. I will have to get reading glasses I guess, lol. Everything else pertaining to my vision is perfectly fine. I ordered a Reader’s Edition, and like everyone else, I’m all excited!

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