Leather-Lined Goatskin Style

This is where you can choose the specifications for your own custom leather-lined Bible. This special style is our most flexible cover, with a handsome look and texture.

In 2022, when a few of our suppliers went out of business, we were scrambling to find new ones and we now have some great choices for you — a new line of very beautiful lambskin liners (with some new colors!) and a selection of high quality acid-free papers that are close color matches to the lambskins.

Also, since we started making this style, we have added two more goatskins as choices for the exterior of your Bible.  Besides the original River Grain goatskin, we also use Capra Grain goatskin and Sokoto goatskin.

For information about how we developed this style, see our article.

Click here to go straight to the price list / order form for the Leather-Lined Style.

Standard Features

  • The outer leather is our special River Grain goatskin, or we can now use Sokoto goatskin or Capra grain goatskin.
  • It is lined on the inside with soft, smooth genuine lambskin.
  • The spine imprinting will say simply “Holy Bible” (or a short alternate title, such as “Santa Biblia”), in gold or silver to match the page edge gilding.  The Sokoto or Capra can be blind-stamped as well.
  • We can also add the version abbreviation to the spine. This will give the Bible a clean look.
  • At the bottom edge of the spine will be our Leonard’s logo stamp, to remind you where your great cover came from.

Style Limitations

  • The only customization options for this style are the ones listed.
  • At this time, we use only the River Grain, Sokoto, and Capra grain goatskins and the lambskin. Our other leathers are not interchangeable.
  • We do not use customers’ leathers for this style.
  • We can imprint a name on the front, and on the Sokoto or Capra grain, we can also do some blind-tooling.
  • We can leave off imprinting, change the number of ribbons, or leave off our name / logo if requested.
Click on the tabs below the Bible picture to see some of the different colors and options available:

River Grain Goatskins

This is a good-looking real goatskin leather particularly well suited for our leather-lined style, and you can see, it comes in a variety of beautiful colors. We don’t recommend it for a heavy Bible because the result may be too floppy, but it works for a small to medium Bible.


Sokoto Goatskins

We were thrilled to begin offering this beautiful leather in both a standard (non-leather-lined) style and leather-lined. It performs well either way, and because it is a tooling leather, we can blind-tool it. We don’t recommend it for a tiny Bible, but it works for a medium to large one. Below are some examples for reference, but for more examples, see our Leathers and Grains page under Sokoto Goat.


Capra Grain Goatskins

Like the Sokoto Goat, we offer this beautiful leather in both a standard (non-leather-lined) style and leather-lined style. It performs well either way.  Below are some examples for reference, but for more examples, see our Leathers and Grains page under Capra Goat.


Lambskin Linings

We had new lambskins specially made in 2023 for our purposes, and you will love how they look and feel.


End Pages

We have added a line of colorful papers to our offerings for end pages. Some of our favorite Japanese silk cloths are still in this list, but take a look at all the papers! (Sorry if it makes the price list more crowded!)


Color Combos

Here are some pictures of how the insides of your Bible can look, and some more recent ones that show what happens when our new lambskins are paired with some of the colored paper and cloth options. We don’t have pictures of everything, and we’ll probably add more pictures as we go, but here are some ideas to get you started.



Here are some of the colors of ribbons that would look great on your leather-lined Bible. Keep in mind that these are not all the colors we have. For instance, if you want to have pink ribbons in your black Bible, you can, so there’s an option of “Other” on the price list. Also, we can’t always get every color in both 1/4″ and 3/8″ anymore. (Times change.) Here’s a link to our ribbons page.


Yapp Size

A yapp is the amount that your Bible’s cover extends past the end of the pages. We don’t speak in terms of a full yapp of a half yapp, etc., because your Bible’s thickness has a lot to do with whether an extended yapp will be full or partial. Instead, we can extend the edges the standard 1/4 inch, or a longer 3/8 inch, or at most, 1/2 inch past the page edges.