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White Space

July 15th, 2016 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image Somewhat later than originally intended, here is a more rounded account of the recent re-print and rebind of the Allan Brevier Clarendon Wide Margin Bible. The KJV Brevier Clarendon Bible is a vintage Authorized/King James Version reference edition, developed by Oxford University Press and now published exclusively by R. L. Allan. The Wide Margin edition is particularly prized for its substantial margins and writeable paper, with the highest levels of opacity, making it the ideal Bible for intensive study and notetaking. Surprisingly perhaps, the previous 5WM goatskin edition substantially outsold the 'standard' (paste-off) 7WM split calfskin edition (if any edition of this

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Starting over – part 2

May 13th, 2016 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image In a previous blog post ('Starting over', Jan 16 - see link at right) I talked a bit about the changes we've been preparing with the 53 Longprimer for this year's binding of what is surely the flagship Allan range - changes that take the Longprimer back to its roots. Not to repeat myself, then, for 2016 we have reverted to a vintage copy of the classic Longprimer, printed in the period 1952-1958 under Charles Batey, then Printer to the University of Oxford, which has given us a page image that is much closer to the original intentions of the typesetters.

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A trip to the country

February 7th, 2016 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image I grew up in the south of Herefordshire, in a small market town called Ross on Wye just on the English side of the border with Wales. Herefordshire is a thoroughly rural county, known for its rolling hills and vibrant red earth which makes for particularly striking scenery when the fields have just been ploughed - and thoroughly dirty roads and cars when it's been raining hard, which it does quite a bit in the west of England! Just off the northern edge of the county of Herefordshire in neighbouring Shropshire lies another little market town called Ludlow - a town

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Starting over

January 14th, 2016 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image Although more recent years have seen us branch out into the modern translations, the King James Version Bible is R.L. Allan's heartland. Our official imprimatur as Her Majesty's Printers for Scotland is actually a more recent credential, where in days gone by our close association with Oxford University Press to produce our Bibles enabled us to come under the umbrella of their status as perpetual holders of the privilege of publishing the Authorized Version (as it is more properly known). This partnership with Oxford University Press is what has gifted us some of the finest Bible editions available today, whether

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Two years on!

November 17th, 2015 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image I don't know about you, but we can't believe it's nearly two years since we took over at R.L. Allan & Son from my (Ian's) uncle Nicholas Gray. It has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride, beginning with the big move from Glasgow to London (including a massive spam email attack over the moving weekend) and continuing with lots of challenges along the way. Overall, though, we have endeavoured to continue the Allan tradition of steady and considered progress towards our goal of publishing the finest Bibles available - and delivering them to our loyal customers, wherever

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Painted Palaces

November 4th, 2015 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image CELEBRATING 500 YEARS OF HAMPTON COURT PALACE, BIRTHPLACE OF THE KING JAMES VERSION BIBLE The time is coming for the first ever Limited Edition Longprimer Sovereign. This is going to be a rather special Bible, combining the very fine mustard yellow calfskin we first spotted at the bindery well over a year ago with a sumptuous purple liner and (world-first?) purple-under-silver page edges, along with silver embossing. And a special Bible deserves a special cause. This year a local landmark near where we live celebrates its 500th Anniversary. But this is not just any old historic pile - Hampton Court Palace is where

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Crowning glory

January 31st, 2015 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image R.L. Allan has been sending copies of the no. 53 Longprimer all over the world since it was first published in 1952, 63 years ago. In that time it has become a favourite with many readers, renowned for its bold, clear type and our high quality leather bindings. It is certainly our flagship Bible - and, incidentally, our best seller. Available exclusively from Allan's for some years now, and published by us under our licence from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Her Majesty's Printers for Scotland, it was clear when Dominique and I took over at Allan's a year ago

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When grey doesn’t mean boring…

September 14th, 2014 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image Exciting times at Allan's: we have just received a first sample copy of the new Allan Limited Edition 53 DG. The dark grey leather (selected with the help of our Facebook friends) has revealed its true beauty on this Bible; its natural grain finish has a soft sheen that is subtly distinct from the waxy finish of our trademark highland goatskin. The richly coloured purple lambskin liner, silver foiling and blue under silver art gilt edges combine to give the 53DG a truly sumptuous appearance. For the first time, this Bible will feature our 'Allan Limited Edition' stamping on the inside

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A Day in the Life of R.L. Allan

July 15th, 2014 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image I don't know how the original R.L. Allan spent his day, actually - but I like to imagine him starting out with a nice hot bowl of porridge, catching the tram across Glasgow to his city centre office and then spending his day giving orders to his staff from behind a massive oak desk, perhaps with R.L. Allan Junior (the 'Son' of our company name) sitting across from him. What I do know is that life in the modern-day office of R.L. Allan & Son Publishers is nothing like that! After a mad scramble to get children safely despatched school-ward in various

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Taking a Liberty

June 11th, 2014 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image Please note - this Bible is now sold out. The latest Allan Limited Edition King James Version Longprimer takes its inspiration from two sources. Prosaically, the decision to look for a grey highland goatskin hide to use for this Bible was inspired by the success of the Smoke Grey Diamond Jubilee edition KJV 53 Longprimer published a couple of years ago, to celebrate the 60th year since Queen Elizabeth came to the throne. That accounts for the grey, but when we came to look for a suitable companion to it in the form of a lining material, we wanted to find something

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