Thanks to Corey for the following guest post:
My Christmas present this year was a Leonard's Book Restoration rebind of my "daily" Ignatius RSV-2CE hardback (Ignatius RSV-2CE). If you remember, my "test run" of Leonard's work was a rebind of my RSV-2CE Ignatius pocket NT-Psalms, which came out very nice (NT-Psalms rebind). I have since enlisted the aid of Leonard's to do a number of rebinds of that pocket NT-Psalms as nicer Christmas presents for people very close to me. They have been VERY well received.
But it simply did not make much sense for me to not get my full size RSV-2CE rebound. Because my full size RSV is my daily "read and underline/highlight" bible, I wanted that daily bible to be upgraded. I chose Leonard's "Circuit Rider" style from their "Historical Series" (Leonard's "Circuit Rider"). I loved the look and history of the style. True, it is technically a "Protestant" bible style, but I like to believe that rebinding a "Catholic" Bible in a "Protestant" historical binding is at the height of bible ecumenism and evangelism ;) !
I am extremely pleased with the product. Leonard's puts these historical styles through a "process" (as Margie says) that gives the final product an antiqued look without damaging the leather at all. The bible came to me feeling well "loved", yet perfectly taken care of. The craftsmanship is top notch. It is a perfect paring of a good Catholic translation used by the Catechism and a wonderful binding.
This style is clearly designed to travel well, per Leonard's site: "This style is made of thick glossy chocolate soft-tanned goatskin as a stiff flex-cover and still includes raised ribs and “Holy Bible” in the Wedding Text font on the spine, and an old-fashioned wraparound tab closure. It’s great for backpacks and suitcases, saddle bags and satchels, making a neat package without ribbons." Leonard's does not demand that you use the "marbled" end pages. But they are historically accurate (per Leonard's). You can substitute their nice "hand milled" paper end pages if you prefer (or probably others). Also you can use ribbons, but those are not historically accurate (again, per Leonard's) because of their propensity of getting caught, pulled and/or soiled with heavy travel.
The style opens well and the tab does not get in the way of reading/working in the Bible. I could go on and on. I highly recommend this style and I'm sure the other historical styles are of equal quality. This style probably runs you about $50 or so more than doing one of the Leonard's more typical rebinds. I can't recommend Leonard's enough.
Peace of Christ to you all. ~ Corey