I love used bookstores, and we have a great one in Nashville, TN! It's called McKay Used Books, and I have found a lot of gems there, especially when it comes to Bibles. Now, I want to make it perfectly clear that I am not really a "premium Bible person." I'm not really interested in spending over 50 or 60 bucks on a Bible most of the time. But awhile back, I did stumble on a NKJV at McKay's, for less than ten bucks, that I realized was a genuine leather Bible, which I later discovered had a typical retail price of about $80. It had just a little water damage on the last third of the Bible, so I could see why they were selling it at such a low price. So, for a long time, that was my only premium Bible.
Just recently, though, I've discovered a couple other ones that I felt I just had to add to my collection. The first was an HCSB, which tends to be one of my favorite translations. It was one of their "Minister's Bibles," and even though it had a little writing in it (on only a handful of pages), the feel of the leather was so beautiful, I thought the price of $17 was a steal. A few days later, I found a perfect ESV top grain leather Bible, still in the box. There were no markings on this one, and the ribbons were still tucked into the Bible. It was $27, which is a little high for a used Bible (in my opinion), but again, the leather felt great, and the print was nice and large, which pleased my aging eyes.
Finally, I'd read about the TBS Westminster Reference Bible, a King James Bible from the Trinitarian Bible Society, and I decided I would look for one on Amazon. I found one for a pretty reasonable price (about $60, with shipping), and so that one is on the way. That will probably just about do it for premium Bibles for me (for the time being). [Full disclosure: the pictures in this post are not taken by me. I found them on the Web.]
This picture of the TBS Westminster Reference Bible is from Randy Brown's excellent biblebuyingguide.com website. Click on the picture to visit the site.
Just for kicks, here's the current Top Ten Bible Translations List from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA): Bible Translations Bestsellers, March 2019
1 New International Version 2 King James Version 3 New Living Translation 4 English Standard Version 5 New King James Version 6 Christian Standard Bible 7 Reina Valera 8 New International Reader's Version 9 The Message 10 New American Standard Bible
I decided today that the theme here on Bible Bookshelf was not to my liking, so I made a few adjustments. The blog now has a "wood" feel to it, and there are new header pictures on each page. Meanwhile, I also updated the spreadsheet on the "My Collection" page (you can click on the link on this line, or the link at the top of each page).
Today I added a couple beautiful genuine leather Bibles to my collection: one is a Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), and the other is a King James Version (KJV).
The HCSB is a "Minister's Edition," so it's quite nice. There is only one marking that I can find in it, on the dedication page, where it looks like someone began to write his/her name, and then crossed it out. Other than that, it's in great condition, really soft supple leather with two marker ribbons. (UPDATE: on further examination, I did find that the previous owner had made notes on several pages in the Gospels of Luke and John, so it's not in quite as good shape as I initially thought. Still, marks in used Bibles have never bothered me, and it's still a nice Bible to use as a regular go-to.)
The KJV is published by First Word Publishers, and it's also a beautifully soft leather, with THREE marker ribbons!
These Bibles are about as premium as my collection ever gets, and they were much cheaper than most premium Bibles would be. Nevertheless, I think they are great additions to my library, and I intend to use them regularly (especially that HCSB).