Schuyler’s first unique typesetting design is the Quentel Series. (Peter Quentel published the first copies of Tyndale’s New Testament in Cologne Germany in 1525). This typesetting (Quentel) is available in the NASB, ESV and the NKJV. The KJV edition is a modified version of the Quentel and is called the Canterbury edition. This typesetting was designed to meet a few important goals for the Bible reader. The first and most obvious goal: we wanted to design a typesetting that was highly legible. This may seem an obvious goal for any typesetting, but we have not found this to be the case in many Bibles. The large bold print typeset with line matching and printed on premium paper, has resulted in a Bible which has met this legibility goal. Our choice of a traditional serif font produces a clear, bold, classic impact, where every word is rendered important.
Double Column: The double column format serves to help the Bible reader, teacher or preacher keep focused on the passage or verse that is being read. Other formats (single column) which read like a novel are excellent, but the Quentel design focuses on smaller portions of Scripture and has the Pastor, Teacher and Bible Student in mind.
Cross References: We wanted to have our cake and eat it, too. We wanted a text Bible that was unencumbered with references, but at the same time providing them for the Bible student. We decided to put them in the footer. We also determined to make them legible and not merely aesthetic.
Color: All chapter numbers, page numbers, and page headers are brick red. Basically we added color because it looks elegant and breaks up 100’s of pages of black and white text.
Conclusion: The Quentel series is a classic, elegant typesetting which puts Bible typesetting in the distinguished position that it deserves. We are indebted to our partners in Denmark, 2KDenmark, who worked patiently and tirelessly to assist in this effort. Here is an article that 2KDenmark has written about the development of this series. NEW – Quentel Series featured in one of Europe’s preeminent typesetting journals.
Here are a few more details about the Quentel series and Schuyler Bibles in general: Bound in Natural Grain Goatskin, Leather Lined, Perimeter Stitching, Art Gilt Edging, Gilt Line, Printed in the Netherlands, 3 ribbon markers, etc. Schuyler oversees every part of the Bible production from typesetting to binding to ensure a copy of God’s Word that is quality in every detail.
Schuyler Publishers’ new typesetting – the Quentel Series- sets a new standard in Bible publishing. This is what to expect with the Quentel Series:
A. Legibility. There are a few reasons this translation is such a pleasure to read and study. First, the font type (Milo) is a bold serif font. We have chosen a larger size – bold font – which will impact you from the moment you lay eyes on this typesetting. For people who regularly, read, study, teach or preach – legibility is critical. Legibility has often been sacrificed for considerations of size, weight, portability, style, etc.
Beyond font size and type – our typesetters have given a lot of consideration to space between letters , words and text lines. This extra space enhances the legibility impact considerably.
The Quentel series also has an important typesetting feature known as ‘line matching.’ The Line matching feature produces a line of text on one side of the page which exactly corresponds to that line on the other side of the page. This feature mitigates the effect of ‘ghosting’ or ‘bleed through’ of the text from one side of the page to the other.
The Quentel series has superb paper. We chose the most opaque paper in the industry that is both durable and opaque (45 GSM for the NASB; 38 GSM with the same opacity for the ESV). Since most Bibles have anywhere between 19-32 GSM paper – this will also be a unique feature to this series. Paper quality has as much to do with legibility as does font size and spacing!
Legibility is not confined to the Bible text. We made sure that footnotes and cross references could actually be read easily as well. Another unique aspect to this Bible is that the footnotes and references will be as legible as some Bible texts that you have read!
While this Bible is not a traditional ‘red letter’ text Bible – we do have red numbers and letters in non traditional places – namely all chapter numbers, page numbers, book references at the top of the page, and the horizontal line which separates the cross references from the Bible text.
B. Maps – How many Bible do you have that have 32 pages of Oxford Maps with a full index? To those that are serious students of the Bible maps are an indispensable visual resource. Paul’s journeys in Acts come to light when you realize – with the assistance of maps how far these men walked!
Beginning with the Quentel NKJV, Schuyler Bibles will have the new Schuyler Bible Maps, edited by Dr. Barry J. Beitzel. These maps include:
1. World of the Patriarchs
2. Israel’s Twelve Tribe Allotments
3. Route of the Exodus
4. Kingdom of Saul, David and Solomon
5. Divided Kingdom
Kings and Prophets of Israel and Judah (Chart)
6. Assyrian and Babylonian Empires
7. Persian and Greek Empires
8. Ministry of Jesus
9. Jerusalem and the Passion of Jesus
10. Apostles’ Early Ministry
11. Missionary Journeys of Paul 12. Roman Empire & Spread of Christianity
C. Price – The Quentel NASB is by far the most expensive Bible we have ever been a part of producing. To achieve our objective of unparalleled quality and legibility we spared no expense in achieving that purpose. The largest price increase in this design was the paper. Our paper choice was at least twice the cost of any other book we have ever been a part of publishing. In fact the cost of the paper is more than the cost of most Bibles! So our introductory price really is a bargain. We have held this price of $220 because we want this design to be accessible to people who love the Word of God.
D. Blessing. Finally we know that all who read this or any Bible will be blessed by the person that it discloses, the God-Man Jesus of Nazareth.
“But among all our joys, there was no one that more filled our hearts, than the blessed continuance of the preaching of God’s sacred Word among us; which is that inestimable treasure, which excelleth all the riches of the earth; because the fruit thereof extendeth itself, not only to the time spent in this transitory world, but directeth and disposeth men unto that eternal happiness which is above in heaven.” Epistle Dedicatory, King James translators, 1611.