Premium Catholic Bibles, or the lack thereof…

Every now and then I come across discussions that bemoan the lack of premium quality, leather-bound Catholic Bibles. The general consensus seems to be that there is insufficient demand to make publishing them a viable option for Catholic publishers, and that the best option is to rather buy hardcover Bibles and have them rebound.

I am particularly interested in this because I am seeking to focus specifically on rebinding and selling Bibles that are of interest to Catholic and Orthodox Christians. (And, given the paucity of Orthodox Bibles in English, Orthodox Christians will also gravitate to Catholic or “with Apocrypha” versions). In this, I hope that I may be able to assist those who are looking for quality leather-bound Catholic Bibles.

In order to do so, I have sought to compile a list of Bibles that are good candidates for rebinding in leather. The following list was compiled with the help of members of the Catholic Bible Fans group on Facebook (which would be worth joining if you are interested in these things). It’s by no means exhaustive (if you have further suggestions, let me know), but it lists Bibles that I am able to acquire and would be worth rebinding.

  • The CTS New Catholic Bible (the text of the Jerusalem Bible but with the Divine Name changed to “the Lord” and with the Grail Psalms)

Some of these Bibles are ones that I’ve rebound and sold on Etsy, while others are editions that have been recommended to me. If you are interested in ordering a leather-bound version of any of them, please contact me here. Of course, you are also welcome to contact me about rebinding other Bibles! You can see more examples of my work here, or find out what options are available when rebinding your Bible here.

Leather-bound ESV-CE Bibles

Update: I regret that I am unable to accept customised orders at present.

I am pleased to announce that I am now able to take orders for rebound copies of the ESV-CE Bible.

As some may know, a Catholic edition of the English Standard Version was published in India last year at the behest of the Indian Catholic Bishops. This is significant for Orthodox and Catholic Christians as there was at that time no version of this translation that included the books that had been omitted from the Protestant canon of scripture. (There had been an ESV with Apocrypha published by OUP, but this is now out of print). However, the agreement with Crossway (the original publisher of the ESV) stipulated that it could only be sold in Asia and Africa.

My own rebound ESV-CE. See the gallery for more examples of my work.

Although some people outside Asia and Africa have been able to order copies directly from the publisher, this has proved difficult for many. However, because I am in Africa I can order copies to rebind, and I got one copy that I rebound for myself in October. There has been some delay in getting more copies, but they have now arrived in this country and I am able to take orders for them.

If you are interested in ordering a rebound ESV-CE, please contact me to ensure that I reserve a copy for you. In addition, please have a look at this page and let me know how you would like your Bible to look. Once we have agreed on the details (including the date of shipping), I will send you a Paypal invoice and will reserve a copy once I have received payment. The price is 135 USD for a basic rebind, which includes international shipping by courier but excludes additional details such as edge colouring and debossed cover designs.   

Some Leather-bound Catholic Bibles I have Rebound Recently

I’m in the process of updating this website and have just created a new Gallery page to display some of my work. There is still more to add, but here are some highlights from some of the Bibles I have rebound recently. They are all leather-lined softcover Bibles that have been rebound in either sheep nappa, goat nappa, or calfskin. They are also all text blocks that I can get easily and that I really like and recommend.

An RSV2CE that I rebound in black goat nappa. This one is still available for sale on Etsy for 145 USD, including shipping.

A CTS New Catholic Bible (standard edition) that I rebound in tan calfskin. The text of this Bible is that of the original Jerusalem Bible, but with the Divine Name changed to “the Lord” and with the Grail Psalms.

An OUP pocket edition of the RSV-CE Bible (first edition)
rebound in dark navy sheep nappa. For a pocket Bible, this one is very readable and is beautifully produced.

A custom order of two New Jerusalem Bibles (DLT standard edition) rebound in black goat nappa and navy sheep nappa, and one NABRE rebound in red sheep nappa.