My preaching Bible is a black highland goatskin R. L. Allan ESV1. In my humble and amateur opinion, R. L. Allan makes the finest Bibles in the world. I love the feel of this Bible in my hands. It took me a while to get used to the “red under gold art gilt” because of the pinkish borders in my peripheral vision when I read. But I have grown accustomed to it now. The only negative of this Bible is the “ghosting” (seeing through the page to the print on the other side) for which it has become infamous in the Bible design community. In fact, just the other day a friend of mine was lamenting the fact that this ESV1 from Allan would be the perfect Bible if the paper was more opaque. I agree. The outside of this Bible is phenomenal in look and feel. And the three blue ribbons alongside the art gilt is stunning.
Mark Bertrand has written the definitive review of this Bible, including the tan and brown editions, so I won’t put many words into this post, but instead just post some photographs of mine: