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The 1928 Book of Common Prayer Hardcover – November 18, 1993
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The binding is leather over hardboard, not the flexible leather often found on Bibles. Somehow, I'd not expected that. I'm sure this will be sturdier and probably will help it hold up better once I actually get around to switching over to it. It's a tad thicker than the soft-cover edition, but otherwise much the same size. I just wish it had at least three ribbons instead of only one.
After observing this demand for months, I was dismayed to find out that with the millions of volumes of Amazon offerings, this particularly valuable book was relatively difficult to obtain. Thus, I was very pleased on a visit to Amazon for another purchase to see this edition with the notation IN STOCK (when I wrote this review in 2007, the message said "one left - more on the way" but now  Amazon appears to be keeping the book regularly available, praise God).
I think non-continuing Anglicans don't realize this is the official Prayer Book for a number of churches and denominations; to them, this may be yet another edition of a book for which a "newer, better" edition exists (newer not always being better). Also, that our numbers are growing as more individuals and parishes confront the issues concerning current politics and controversies. Frankly, amidst the plethora of misinformation concerning translations and allegedly "evolving" editions, I have now learned how faithful this 1928 BCP is - the Nicene Creed, as well as other prayers, are faithful to the words spoken by centuries of Anglicans. For those searching for faithfulness in worship despite politics and agendas, for Americans and many other English-speakers, this is the version to get.
As for the book itself... The picture here is that of the box. The actual book is hard-cover, and well-bound - with two ribbon markers (which we Anglicans need!). The typeface is similar to actual older editions. Please note that this edition is the 1928 version approved by the Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA; also, that the Nicene Creed has the pesky typo from the "approved" version (it should read "one HOLY Catholic and Apostolic church").
I am very satisfied and pleased that this BCP is readily available. I pray that Amazon will continue to supply these fine volumes to a hungry market, and that we of faith will tell others so that this 1928 BCP remains readily available.
The book is very well made and is fairly portable, with a stout slipcase. I'd much rather have paid a few more dollars for real leather--bonded leather looks ratty after a while--but the protective slipcase might help keep the book in good condition for years.