India paper is no more!

February 25th, 2010 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest

India paper is no more! A few years ago I bought from Cambridge the last few hundred sheets of their very fine KJV Pitt Minion text setting. One of the selling points for me was that it had been printed on real India paper, something you don’t find nowadays. ‘Real’ india paper had rag content and was marvellously thin and strong. Modern lightweight, acid-free ‘India’ papers are designed for web offset printing and are more environmentally friendly.

 The Allan Pitt Minion text Bible also had the elusive ‘Pure Cambridge text’, that will-o-the-wisp setting which seems to carry added cachet for KJV aficionados. Now out of print, it was bound in a soft, natural goatskin binding and has become something of a collector’s item. So watch out for the delightful Allan PM1 if ever you can find it.

 India paper, French Morocco leather, English language out of Hebrew and Greek - Bible production is an international enterprise. Time was when the publishing world was divided territorially into American spheres of interest and British ones. Now, with the internet, those almost colonial barriers are falling away. Fortunately, Allan Bibles find their way inexorably to the furthest reaches of the world where readers desire a lasting rendering of God’s Word.

 Allan Bibles are published in Scotland, printed in Britain, Holland or China, perhaps using ‘India’ papers which have been sourced in Scandinavia, and then bound in England from goatskin which has come from Africa. There’s a whole world in this one book - itself the Book for the world.


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