Coming Soon – Cambridge KJV Turquoise Reference Edition

Cambridge Turquoise – image from Cambridge

A Bible that I’ve been looking forward to from Cambridge is the KJV Turquoise Reference Edition. The Turquoise was originally published in the 1920’s and has been a popular reference edition among those who prefer large print. It’s a verse-by-verse double column setting with center column references. The Turquoise is a great choice for preachers or anyone preferring a large print KJV.

The new edition will have the words of Christ while on earth in red letter. It includes a sewn binding with either goatskin or calf-split leather, India paper (I suspect it will be the same paper as the current Pitt Minion and Clarion line), new concordance, maps, Translator’s to the Reader, 2 ribbons, and more.

Release Date

There’s no official release date yet. The Turquoise is currently in production. They’ve produced the text-blocks and they’re currently at the binding stage. We should expect to see them published within a few months, before the end of 2017.


  • India paper
  • Presentation page
  • Red-letter text
  • Cross-references
  • Pronunciation marks
  • Translators’ Preface
  • Concordance
  • 15 maps
  • Two ribbon markers
  • Gilt or art-gilt edges
  • Page size: H 9 Actual size 1⁄ 4 W 6 inches § H 234 W 152 mm
  • Page extent: 1680 pp.
  • Spine width: c. 32 mm § 11⁄ 4 inches
  • Typography: 10 | 11 point Antique Old Style No. 3

Covers include:

The Turquoise will be available in goatskin and calf-split.

Goatskin leather
KJ676:XRE Black, Art-gilt edges, Full leather lining
978-1-108-40462-4 c. $220.00

Calf split leather
KJ674:XR Black Gilt edges
978-1-108-40146-3 c. $195.00

About The Author

Randy A Brown

WordPress writer by day, Bible reviewer by night, pastor all the time. And there's also that author thing.


  1. Pastor Keith

    Why is it called “turquoise”?

    • Randy A Brown

      Cambridge named a few of their Bibles after gems. They also have the Emerald, and I think they had a Ruby and possibly a few others.

    • marvin

      why so much for the cbp goatskin bible is it that much better than the sckuyler

    • Randy A Brown

      Hi Marvin. I don’t actually know about pricing differences. I think the closest equivalent is the NASB Thinline Quentel, but it doesn’t have a concordance.

  2. Pastor keith


  3. Chris

    Why can’t Cambridge print all the words of Christ in red like the Concord???

  4. Higgins

    So after years of being out of production, Cambridge did absolutely nothing to improve the Turquoise? That’s just lazy. All they’re doing is a reprint for a quick buck. Send me the digital file, and I’ll change the old-looking font to something much more appealing like times new roman with just a few clicks of the mouse. I too thought Cambridge learned their lesson that customers want ALL the words of Christ in red. I thought the company objective was to maximize sales?
    If they use that same toilet-paper-thin paper that they put in the kjv clarion, then they’ve really sunk to a new low. If the Turquoise comes out with ink smears and blotches, and letters run together like the previous printing, there will be serious negative feedback for Cambridge to deal with.

    • Frank

      Did you not read the description that this is a red letter edition? No not everyone wants a Red Letter Bible. All the words are of equal importance and yes the red will hurt peoples eyes after long periods of study.

  5. Frank

    Double neg was by mistake and this won’t allow for revision.

    • Higgins

      Can you read? I was talking about having ALL the words of Christ in RED – not just the publisher’s biased selection of the Gospels and the first chapter of Acts . I was not even considering black-letter only people because my comment is about a RED-LETTER bible. This whole review is about a RED-LETTER bible. You must be in the wrong place. If you have a grievance against fellow believers liking the words of Christ in red, then you have bigger problems. Everyone knows the whole bible is important, but we are living under the New Covenant, and if it wasn’t for Jesus coming no one would make it to heaven. And how absurd to say the color red will hurt peoples eyes. Such nonsense. Maybe for you, but not for normal people.

  6. Tanner

    Hey Randy. Do you think this will be the original typeset? Or do you think it will be updated? I really hope it is the original!

    • Randy A Brown

      Hi Tanner. It is the original. The concordance is new. I suspect it will be the Reader’s Companion, but that’s just a guess.

  7. Dave

    I remember how tiny and disproportionate the translator’s notes were in relation to the large 10/11 pt text. I’m guessing this won’t be fixed either?

    • Randy A Brown

      This is an exact scan of the original.

  8. tERRY

    Church Bible Publishers of Michigan is making available a leather bound version of the “Turquoise Bible” for around $70-$80 depending on the options. Shipping is very reasonable. I have one and it is identical in print to my Cambridge KJV Presentation Reference Bible. It is a little thicker but quite nice for the price. Check it out at the following link:


  9. marvin mc donald

    i ordered from kjv store the midsize turquoise in calfskin is this the same bible that cambridge is comeing out with


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