Cambridge Topaz sneak peek at CPE

I got to interview Amanda and Abigail of Cambridge Bibles about the upcoming Cambridge Topaz. We discussed the design, materials, production schedule, why they started with the ESV, and other translations we can expect to see in the Topaz design. The layout is done by 2K/Denmark and it’s manufactured by Royal Jongbloed.

Size and Shape

This looks to be the modern equivalent of the Turquoise. The size and shape are almost exactly the same. The dark blue goatskin looks like the Turquoise. The cherry-red Mariva calfskin looks amazing. Both will be easy winners for the Topaz. Of course, the black calfskin looks great too.

Materials

The Indopaque paper is the same elegant paper used in the Turquoise, goatskin Clarions, the thinner editions of the Quentel, Heirloom ESVs from Crossway, and many other premium editions. It’s highly opaque, even with the dark print. The paper in the sample had the ‘new dollar bill’ feel worn off because it had been touched a lot during the show. It was exceptionally easy to turn.

Design


The side-column references are placed at the top of the column with a small space between the references for the right and left columns. The typeface is large and dark. The two-color design includes a dark red for the words of Christ, verse numbers, sections headings, and chapter divisions in the references. They decided on a verse-by-verse setting because it’s something that the audience has asked for and it’s lacking among modern translations. This is also one of the reasons they didn’t start with KJV.

Production Schedule

The Topaz has been in development for several years and it’s being bound at this very moment. It will be available for pre-sale in October and it will start shipping in November.

My Thoughts on the Topaz

The Topaz looks to be a winner for Cambridge. They’ve gone with a large enough print to make it great for preaching and the layout makes the verse easy to find quickly. The Topaz will fill the void of modern translations in a v-b-v setting that I’ve seen a lot of people ask for. Everything about this Bible is elegant.

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Randy A Brown

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11 Comments

  1. Ronnie Vonner

    Looking forward to the release.

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  2. Alexander thomson

    Looks nice, but why red letter? Is it now mandatory? No black letter choice?

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    • Richard

      Red letter Bibles are also a deal-breaker for me. I’m happy Cambridge is a producing another new setting.

    • Rich

      Black-letter bibles are a deal-breaker for me. I only buy red-letter bibles.

  3. Forest Antemesaris

    This is great! Thanks for the sneak peek. Saving up to pre-order now…

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  4. Reuben E. Washington

    please inform me as to when this “Cambridge Topaz KJV Bible will be ready for distribution:

    My Email address is:

    christadelphiantapelibrary@Verizon.net

    today’s date is August 27,2019…….and thank you

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    • Doug

      well 375.00 for a bible no matter the production cost etc.. is way out of line

    • Randy A Brown

      They show an MSRP and then the actual price will be much cheaper. The Turquoise MRSP is $310, but Amazon currently sells it for $191. The EB special editions are similar. This gives retailers some room to price within their location, audience, etc.

  5. Rachel

    Looks like a great new Bible. Hope they do at least one version that includes the Apocrypha.

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    • montag

      If Cambridge doesn’t produce a Topaz with the Apocrypha, then you might want to check out the Cambridge Cameo KJV w/Apocrypha, Rachel. It’s a beautiful hand-sized Bible in smooth black calfskin with extremely dark and stunning red letters.

  6. Mike Gunnon

    This looks great. Is there a way to get on a notification list when it is ready?

    Reply

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