I received the HCSB large print personal size reference Bible in brown genuine leather as a review copy from Broadman and Holman publishers. This edition features the same high quality characteristics that we have come to expect from Holman Bibles. There is a smyth sewn binding and decent quality Bible paper. The font is attractive and very readable. This particular edition is genuine leather, which is a high quality leather. It is a soft and supple leather that feels very nice in your hand. In my opinion you will not find a higher quality leather Bible for a better price than the ones that Broadman and Holman produces.
I also own the HCSB reference Bible and the HCSB large print reference Bible. The paper and they large print personal size reference edition is thinner and less opaque than the aforementioned mentioned reference editions. Also, the font in the personal size edition is different than the one found in the other HCSB reference editions. In my opinion the font in the personal size edition is no better or worse than the others, simply different. In regard to formatting, the personal size edition places the book, chapter, and verse marker in the header as opposed to the regular reference and large print reference editions, which place them in the footer. The personal size edition does not have line matching, so you are able to see “ghosting” from subsequent pages. Ultimately, the bleed through has more to do with the Bible paper than with line matching. The HCSB reference and large print reference editions were formatted by 2Krogh AS in Hojbjerg, Denmark. 2Krogh AS utilized a unique but highly readable font, along with line matching.
In regards to formatting, the personal size edition places the book, chapter, and verse marker in the header as opposed to the reference and the large print reference editions, which place them in the footer. The personal size edition does not have line-matching, so you are able to see “ghosting” from subsequent pages. The cross-references are found at the end of the verse, rather than in the center column. Personally, I prefer center column references but it is not a huge negative for me. I know that some strongly preferred having no cross-references at all. As in every HCSB edition you will find textual notes in the footer. In relation to the paper, it appears to be off-white Bible paper. It does not have a bright white look that reflects light, which I find to be a positive to this edition.
The personal size edition features only the marker, which is brown (matching the brown leather cover). The usual color maps that are found in most Holman Bibles are used here as well. The Bible contains the bullet note definitions, a sort of mini counselors index (“where to turn when…”), and a topical concordance. The cover is a genuine cowhide and is certainly a higher quality at this price point than you will find elsewhere. It is a chocolate brown and has a nice grain to it. On the spine you will find six raised house, which give it an elegant traditional look.
I consider this to be a beautiful Bible and worthy of consideration. I received the HCSB large print personal size reference Bible from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.