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The Making of an Allan Bible

February 1st, 2018 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image Founded in 1863 in Glasgow, Scotland, R.L. Allan is world-renowned for its beautiful hand-bound Bibles, both in the traditional King James Version and a selection of modern Bible translations. As holders of a Royal Licence as Her Majesty's Printers for Scotland, we pride ourselves on the quality of the Bibles we publish - bringing together the finest available reference typesettings, printed on the best quality Bible papers, with the world's finest handcrafted bindings, and bound for us either by craft binderies in the UK and The Netherlands, two of the most significant nations in the history of the translation, typesetting

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The Flagship of Flagships

January 18th, 2018 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image The Allan 53 Longprimer has long been the flagship of the Allan range – ignoring for the moment any potential competition offered by the more recently introduced Longprimer Sovereign editions. Two years ago we 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, giving us a page image that is much closer to the original intentions of the typesetters. This new-old page image, retaining the large, clear type of the Longprimer we all know and love, but with a crisper letter form and less of the

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Slimming down

July 10th, 2017 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image The King James Version Longprimer Bible was created by Oxford University Press back in the 1950s, but is enjoying a new lease of life as more and more avid Bible readers have (re)discovered its charms in the form of the Allan 53 range - and, more recently, the 63 Longprimer Sovereign editions and now the upgraded Longprimer 52, which brings the flexibility and quality of a leather-lined binding even to the 'cheaper' calfskin edition. Inevitably, perhaps, the search for quality has led to an increase in volume for this signature Bible, as we have pushed up the paper weight in search

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Island Life

February 10th, 2017 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image Many of you reading this - keen Allan followers that you are - will be well aware that over the past several years we have had long periods where key lines have been out of stock. The binderies we've been using have had external pressures - but of course, there's also the fact that making a Bible by hand just takes time. So we've been working hard to develop links with new binderies here in the UK so as to release additional capacity - a year or so ago we sold our first Bibles bound by Ludlow Bookbinders, and there's plenty

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With Space For Your Own Notes

January 26th, 2017 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image The Journalling Bible trend first started by ESV’s original Journaling Bible editions some 10 years ago now shows no sign of abating, with Bible publishers on both sides of the Atlantic rolling out a range of editions in many different bindings and with double column and single column typesettings. The style has become so popular it’s even attracted the attention of the satirists, with The Babylon Bee’s claiming to have inside knowledge of an upcoming ‘no-Bible-text’ edition, giving people ‘more space to write their own thoughts, ideas, and feelings as they study God’s Word’ - link here: http://babylonbee.com/news/new-journaling-bible-eliminate-scriptural-text-entirely/ Thankfully that non-Bible-Bible isn’t

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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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