To keep things going along the line of fine Catholic books I wanted to highlight what I think is the nicest Catholic Bible I have seen and used. It is one of the only ones out there that compares favorably to those showcased on the Bible Design Blog. (I have yet to see TAN's leatherbound Douay-Rheims which I see have just come out.) Of course we're talking about the Ignatius Press Leatherbound Revised Standard Version - Second Catholic Edition. It is published by Nelson for Ignatius Press.
This is a 6" x 9" tall, floppy, and moderately thin Bible with a nice bonded leather and gold foil stamped cover. I realize some would like it without the icons on the front but for my eyes they make the book look very classy.
The Bible feels great to hold. And since this is a tall and thin Bible it easily flops around when reading. It is flexible enough to bend back upon itself so you can hold it in one hand. Here it is doing the "Bible yoga". Please do not shriek in horror - the Word of God is sacred, not the book itself or the printing.
I don't know if the binding is glued or sewn. You can see glue on the top and bottom spine but it doesn't appear to be holding the whole thing together. It may be a combination of both. But the pages being so tall and the NT being so slender near the back means that you can easily put a lot of pressure on it. So far it is giving way a tiny bit but it isn't loose or anything.
The following horrid picture shows the text layout. It is very easy on the eyes...I really need a new camera and some good lighting. But you can see the layout and that is all that matters.
Aha! But now we come to its weakness, which could be a deal breaker for the serious Bible reader. Glossy pages. The book is a little difficult to read at times and you have to continually tilt it to see the text if you are under a reading lamp. Daylight is no problem, nor is reading under a ceiling light. Again, an off-balance photo but you can see the font and margins are very nice. The margins aren't quite wide enough for note taking, but I'm not even sure a pencil would write on the pages very easily considering the glossy material.
All in all, the Ignatius RSV-2CE Leatherbound is a great Bible. If you took away the glossy pages it would be closer to perfection. It may be the nicest one we have out there. At $39.00 it is well below the "high-end" price range and you get a really stellar readers' edition. There are very few notes but it does have cross references and two ribbon markers.