The English Standard Version is a literal translation from the original Bible texts, firmly rooted in the tradition of Tyndale and King James but without their archaic language. First published in 2001, it is extremely close in style to the Revised Standard Version and is well suited to public reading and memorization.
The ESV Wide-Margin Reference Bible is an enlargement of Cambridge's ESV Pitt Minion Bible. The text arrangement and pagination of the Bible text are identical but this edition uses enlarged text, has wide margins for personal notes, and is printed on paper that stands up well to note-taking. Another bonus for bible study is a more extensive concordance.
This Bible has black-letter text and includes cross-references, a concordance, and maps. It has two ribbons and, like all Cambridge Bibles, it is Smyth-sewn for durability and ease of use.
It is a superb example of traditional craftsmanship: the pages have art-gilt (red-under-gold) edges and the cover is made from top-grain goatskin leather and edge-lined, giving it an exceptionally supple and flexible feel.