- Leather Bound: 1923 pages
- Publisher: B.B. Kirkbride Bible Company; 5th edition (January 1, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0887071546
- ISBN-13: 978-0887071546
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.8 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 162 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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KJV - Black Genuine Leather - Large Print - Thompson Chain Reference Bible (015140) 5th Edition
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Mistake. Physically the Bible is nice... Nice leather cover, well done gilding on well cut page edges, nice paper, good binding...
If the Bible were legible it'd be five stars.
However, the printing is pathetic. It doesn't just vary a little, it is just plain defective.
Entire sections of red letter printing in Matthew is so faint as to be hard to read, and all but illegible in places. And because it's so faint, the printing on the backside of the page is visible through the faint red print.
Come on, Kirkbride, you are soiling the experience of one of the best Bibles ever (the TCR) AND OF GOD'S WORD for everyone who has to return one of these flawed pieces of cheap junk.
Charge me more, offer custom printing, charge extra for Bibles that actually have been quality controlled, DO SOMETHING!!!
I always wanted a genuine leather King James study bible and the price was right during the extended days of the Black Friday madness. So glad I did. I did not take any stars away from the product because my only complaints were how the vendor failed to clarify the vague description of the Bible by Kirkbride. So the review is just about the Bible itself.
The not so good...
I expected my Bible to have thumb indexes like the pictures of the box for the style 514 black (it's not shown on Amazon's site but at other vendors for twice the price), but it did not have thumb indexes. Once I received the Bible I checked back on Amazon's site and the description does not mention thumb index. The image on Amazon only shows the Bible with the spine at the front so you cannot see the page edges. Looking at Kirkbride's site it is a $10 option, but they sell TCRB at twice the price of Amazon. Still, I really did want thumb index for very good reason: Thompson chain reference system has so many sections and so you are constantly flicking around all those sections. Now I have to stick those ugly protruding plastic tabs on these thin pages. I am sure I cannot get the correct section tab titles for it. And when you you use adhesive on thin paper it dries and stains the pages rather badly over time. Also the tabs will be sticking out so it is easy to hooks the tabs on things and even rip the pages. If it had the original tabs sculptured into the pages I would never have to deface my beautiful Bible. I would have returned it except I had already opened the Bible.
I also agree with other reviewers that 9 points could hardly be considered Large Print. My wife has smaller Bible and it has larger (10.5) point print than this one. In their defense, if would have been task to produce a larger font with all those sections, so you probably could not carry it around.
The gilt embossing on the spine is not clear because the letters bleed. The capri is much more grainy leather finish and it is hard to emboss, so a larger kerning font would be easier to read. It is definitely not the same quality as my 1985 TCRB, but how times change.
The Good comments...
The genuine leather - black Capri grain is soft to the touch and not flimsy at all to hold. Still firm but falls nicely from the spine. The leather edging on the inner cover is well secured to last and does not appear to be hardened with board as many do.
Smyth Sewn is something I look for in any quality bound books. It is a centuries old technique of taking folded flat sheets known as signatures and stitching them together with very fine, strong thread. This is quality stitching and will handle wear and tear for years to come.
The gold foil page edging is beautiful and is as good a quality as my Cambridge Bible.
The red letters of the words of Christ on my Bible are deep red and uniform throughout (not brown or orange, or pink as other Bibles). I checked many of its 1921 pages and the black and red print is uniform throughout.
The registration of the full color plates of the maps section are clean, but some of the maps appear pale, while one map has vibrant color. The text is still quite legible on the color backgrounds
The paper is very thin. How thin? I have no idea, but I think it is India paper, but Kirkbride don't publish that information. The pages have good opacity so as to minimize 'show-through' of printing on the reverse side. The paper has sufficient strength to sustain the usage it will receive over the years. It is thin, but not so thin that it will tear, and yet the pages turn easily and quickly. Good job Kirkbride.
A reviewer said their TCRB was printed in Korea and this almost put me off. I am pleased to say that everything is printed and manufactured in the U.S.A. and pray it stays that way.
There is no room for margin notes alongside those 100,000 margin entries, but then this is a study Bible after all. The text is spread out well over the page with the margin notes.
The content, structure and study system is what we have come to expect from a TCRB and this is no exception.
It has already been such a blessing to our family, and I pray this review helps someone.
May God bless you richly in your choice of His eternal Word.
The pages are horribly thin and fragile.
The print is unevenly shaded, and the red letter text is so faint in places that it appears pink. Very hard to read.
Before posting this review I attempted to call Kirkbride (the publisher) to report my dissatisfaction privately but their phone is out of service. Just like their quality, unfortunately.