The Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels

Monday, July 30, 2012

I attended seminary the way Sebastian Flyte attended Oxford, which is to say, I dabbled. Since systematics interested me, that's what I signed up for. No Greek or…

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The Aldine Bible

Thursday, July 26, 2012

M. R. James, the editor of the Aldine Bible, is better known today for his ghost stories. Eric Gill, who supplied the engravings and designed the typeface, is…

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R. L. Allan NRSV in Brown Highland Goatskin

Monday, July 23, 2012

If the NRSV was a parable, it would be like unto a man who graduated from an Ivy League college at the top of his class and had…

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The Nonesuch Bible

Thursday, July 19, 2012

At the risk of sounding heretical, let me admit from the outset that I don't like the Nonesuch Bible very much. Gazing at the photo above, I'm tempted…

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R. L. Allan NIV in Brown Goatskin

Monday, July 16, 2012

We don't discuss translation issues here at Bible Design Blog, where the emphasis is on the physical form of the Good Book, not the content. Inevitably, the subjects…

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The Holy Gospel According to Saint Mark

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Every year, North Central Publishing Co. in St. Paul, Minnesota would produce a fine press Christmas book. Number thirty-two, printed in 1978, was a letterpress edition of the…

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R. L. Allan HCSB in Crimson Highland Goatskin

Monday, July 9, 2012

The R. L. Allan edition of the Holman Christian Standard Bible, available from R. L. Allan direct and from, comes in your choice of three limp Highland…

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The Mardersteig New Testament

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Modernism, as least where typography and design were concerned, seemed to consist of a sort of aesthetic idealism. Beauty possessed immutable forms and subtle proportions. Artifice could, at…

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Nothing to Hide: Support BDB and Enjoy a Great Summer Read

Monday, July 2, 2012

Blogging about the physical form of the Good Book doesn't keep the lights on. Fortunately, there's detective fiction. My latest novel about Houston homicide detective Roland March is…

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Hendrickson Facsimile 1611 Edition (KJV) in Black Calf and Hardcover

Monday, July 2, 2012

I wrote about Hendrickson's leatherbound Facsimile 1611 back in September, or at least one aspect of it: the cross-grain folding that gives the paper such crinkly stiffness. The…

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