Many thanks to the readers who have emailed me in response to my last post on the Great Adventure Bible. Among multiple readers who have purchased the Great Adventure Bible over the past few years, I have not been able to find clear evidence of a sewn binding. One reader contacted Ascension customer service and received a response that past printings were not smyth-sewn, but the newest printing (due in stock in May 2021) will be smyth-sewn.
I’m cautious about this new claim. For the past two years, Ascension has marketed the binding as “sewn and glued.” When I emailed them photos of the copy I received in December of 2018, they promised to look into the matter, but they did not get back to me. My attempts to follow up went unanswered. It’s possible that their sales and marketing team did not understand that “sewn” usually is a shorthand way of referring to a smyth-sewn binding, but I would be surprised to see a publishing house make that mistake.
Aside from the binding, the Great Adventure Bible is exceptionally well done. The paper and typesetting is beautiful, and the “alpha cowhide” imitation leather is good quality. A true smyth-sewn binding is the only major improvement it needs to be a truly high-quality Bible.