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I was curious what your favorite, specifically Orthodox, books are that have particularly beautiful editions; i.e. binding, typeset, etc. For example, I have heard wonderful things about St Ephraim the Syrian's "A Spiritual Psalter."

Prayer books, biographies, anything is welcome.
 

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The AV1611 is nice.

I have two copies of the 400th anniversary edition, one that is printed on cheap stock and cuts the Apocrypha, another that renders the entire thing on thin Bible paper. Neither has particularly nice binding or covers (the full volume is much better quality), but the faithful reproduction of the pages is worth the limited cost, IMO.
 

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Agabus said:
The AV1611 is nice.

I have two copies of the 400th anniversary edition, one that is printed on cheap stock and cuts the Apocrypha, another that renders the entire thing on thin Bible paper. Neither has particularly nice binding or covers (the full volume is much better quality), but the faithful reproduction of the pages is worth the limited cost, IMO.
I have one of these, currently my normal reading Bible.
 

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This new edition of the prayer book from New Rome press is beautifully designed, bound, illustrated, etc. For those who prefer a prayer book in contemporary English I recommend it. 

Jordanville's full-size Psalter for Prayer is lovely though rather bulky. They have also a pocket edition that I haven't laid eyes on.

The Old Orthodox Prayer Book from the Church of the Nativity in Erie is quite nice.

HTM's editions of Saint Isaac of Syria's homilies and also The Ladder of Divine Ascent are extremely high quality.
 

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The second edition of the Life of St. Paisios of Mt. Athos that was just published is very beautifully done:

http://www.svspress.com/saint-paisios-of-mount-athos/
 

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Iconodule said:
This new edition of the prayer book from New Rome press is beautifully designed, bound, illustrated, etc. For those who prefer a prayer book in contemporary English I recommend it. 

Jordanville's full-size Psalter for Prayer is lovely though rather bulky. They have also a pocket edition that I haven't laid eyes on.

The Old Orthodox Prayer Book from the Church of the Nativity in Erie is quite nice.

HTM's editions of Saint Isaac of Syria's homilies and also The Ladder of Divine Ascent are extremely high quality.
All of HTM's publications are nice, but their cloth-covered editions like The Ascetical Homilies and the Ladder of Divine Ascent are high quality as Iconodule said.
 

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Iconodule said:
Jordanville's full-size Psalter for Prayer is lovely though rather bulky. They have also a pocket edition that I haven't laid eyes on.

The Old Orthodox Prayer Book from the Church of the Nativity in Erie is quite nice.
I was thinking about these ones exactly. I have the pocket edition, it's beautiful indeed, but it can't stay open if one isn't holding it still, so that's a minus.
 

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Yes, the opposite of beautiful is ugly.
 

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RaphaCam said:
I have the pocket edition, it's beautiful indeed, but it can't stay open if one isn't holding it still, so that's a minus.
How long have you had it? Ultra rigid binding tends to break with use.
 

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Iconodule said:
HTM's editions of Saint Isaac of Syria's homilies and also The Ladder of Divine Ascent are extremely high quality.
I agree - their prayer books are decent quality too - cloth bound with good quality paper. 

I was really disappointment by the Jordanville Prayerbook's construction after I waited years to get it.
 

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Yeah, I mean, the binding/ pages are nice, but the material wrapping the cover, which I think is some kind of vinyl, is very flimsy.
 

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New Rome Press' Prayerbook is very nicely done.
http://newromepress.com/bookstore/#!/Books/c/19833040/offset=0&sort=normal
 

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Agabus said:
RaphaCam said:
I have the pocket edition, it's beautiful indeed, but it can't stay open if one isn't holding it still, so that's a minus.
How long have you had it? Ultra rigid binding tends to break with use.
It's recent, let's see how it turns out.
 

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I do not know if this is very relevant, but I have been following the blog of Macrina Walker over the years (since she writes about the books she is reading, that I probably should be reading but never will). She is also a bookbinder and repairer specializing in bibles. The income supports her and the Orthodox mission church that she is overseeing in South Africa.

This is her blog:
https://avowofconversation.wordpress.com/

This is her Etsy site where she sells rebound bibles:
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AnnesiBindings?ref=pr_shop_more#about

And her advice on how to buy a bible is here:
https://annesibindings.wordpress.com/blog/

 

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Opus118 said:
I do not know if this is very relevant, but I have been following the blog of Macrina Walker over the years (since she writes about the books she is reading, that I probably should be reading but never will). She is also a bookbinder and repairer specializing in bibles. The income supports her and the Orthodox mission church that she is overseeing in South Africa.

This is her blog:
https://avowofconversation.wordpress.com/

This is her Etsy site where she sells rebound bibles:
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AnnesiBindings?ref=pr_shop_more#about

And her advice on how to buy a bible is here:
https://annesibindings.wordpress.com/blog/
That reminds me relevant to this discussion, I've always liked Bible Design Blog.
 
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