New folio edition of the Bible published


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rion Press, under the direction of Andrew Hoyem, has completed the printing of a large folio limited edition of the Bible in the Revised Standard Version sponsored by the National Council of Churches. Designed for liturgical use at church lecterns, the Arion Bible is also suited for personal and institutional libraries, where it may be used for study and devotion and viewed as an exemplar of the bookmaking arts.

It is 1,350 pages in length and measures 18-by-13 inches, and is printed by letterpress from Romulus type, with initial letters in red, on mouldmade paper. It is available in both one- and two-volume versions. In its bound version, the book weighs 35 pounds.

In an interview with Elizabeth Farnsworth of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, December 29, 2000, Holem commented, “The process of letterpress achieves aesthetic effect that can’t be duplicated by faster, more modern, more efficient means.” This is the 60th book published by Arion since its founding in 1974, Letterpress publications include James Joyce’s Ulysses, Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol, and Jean Toomer’s Cane.

In an interview with Elizabeth Farnsworth of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, December 29, 2000, Holem commented, “The process of letterpress achieves aesthetic effect that can’t be duplicated by faster, more modern, more efficient means.” This is the 60th book published by Arion since its founding in 1974, Letterpress publications include James Joyce’s Ulysses, Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol, and Jean Toomer’s Cane.

The price of the Bible is graduated: Unbound, in box - $7,250; bound in full cloth, in box - $7,750; bound in full leather, in box - $8,500; illuminated initial letters, add $2,500. For information on this new Bible, telephone 415/561-2542, or go to the Website www.arionpress.com.

A copy of the 20-minute Farnsworth-Hoyem interview is available in the Caxton Club archives at the Newberry Library.









Leatherbound version of the Arion Bible

Leatherbound version of the Arion Bible, courtesty of Arion Press.





Romulus typeface

Andrew Hoyem chose Romulus typeface, illustrated above, for the Arion Bible because it is “readable and beautiful.”

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