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God never sends a man into the world without first preparing the world for his coming. He even gives our parents a few months’ notice so that they may have everything ready.

The quote comes from “Dinna Forget Spurgeon!”, one of the chapters in Ships of Pearl by F. W. Boreham. Find out how you can help us bring this book back to print by visiting our Kickstarter page.

Ships of Pearl: Funding Update & SAMPLE PAGES

If you are following our journey to keep F. W. Boreham in print, you know we have designed a brand new hardback edition of Ships of Pearl. We are currently 19% funded on this project. We believe Boreham’s books are a gold mine of insight and illustrations for Bible teachers and small group leaders, and Ships of Pearl is one of the best.

Let me walk you through what is different about this new edition:

  • It will be the first print run of Ships of Pearl since 1935—that’s 85 years! We hope that 2020 marks a new era of bringing F. W. Boreham’s classic devotional reading to a new generation.
  • Ships of Pearl: The Signature Edition will be bound in a cranberry linen cloth hardcover, with Boreham’s unique signature embossed into the cloth in gold lettering.
  • The new edition has over 100 footnotes explaining Boreham’s sources. Aside from merely noting what Boreham was quoting from, these footnotes bring a new depth of insight about his stories and the author himself. Below are some sample pages, showing the kind of footnotes we have added to the essay called “My Autobiography”:

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And now, let’s take a look at what is the same between the 2020 edition and the 1935 edition:

  • We have kept all the original wording and punctuation, including British spelling and dialogue in various English dialects. Occasional footnotes help make Boreham’s original writings accessible to modern and American audiences.
  • For years we have imitated the font and layout of Boreham’s classic books. In fact, we have matched the fonts so closely that in some of our books the page numbers in the table of contents are nearly identical between editions.
  • The paper used will be a thick 60-weight in a natural or “cream” color rather than stark white. This is easier on the eyes, and will give the pages a warm and vintage feel.

If this edition succeeds, it will kickstart us towards getting more hardback Boreham in circulation. Please consider supporting this important project as we seek to provide quality biblical and theological resources to new generations or readers and seekers.

Ships of Pearl: The Signature Edition

This is the first update regarding our first crowdfunded book project, Ships of Pearl by F. W. Boreham. If you haven’t yet, head to the Kickstarter page to see how you can get a copy of F. W. Boreham’s rarest book.


Why F. W. Boreham?

F. W. Boreham has been endorsed by Charles Spurgeon, Billy Graham and Ravi Zacharias, but his classic books have fallen out of print, and some of them are impossible to obtain.

Why Ships of Pearl?

Ships of Pearl is not only extremely rare, but it is undoubtedly one of Boreham’s best works. Like The Passing of John Broadbanks, it came at a time when Boreham believed he was nearing the end of his writing career; his work had been perfected, polished, and seasoned with the salt of age.

At the moment, Ships of Pearl is F. W. Boreham’s rarest book—rarer than The Whisper of God or The Blue Flame, which Pioneer Library has already put back into print. Ships of Pearl is not currently in print, and you won’t see it for under $100 on Amazon, Abebooks, eBay, B&N, Alibris—you name it. At time of publication, the only copy for sale online costs $851.90 plus shipping. I believe that this is because someone using tailored software bought the last few copies on the Internet, and is waiting for someone foolish and desperate to make them a cool grand.

What will it look like?

We have prepared a new edition of this classic book, completely re-typeset to match as closely as possible the flavor of the original. We’ve also added 126 footnotes giving Scripture references, sources for quotations, and, occasionally, notes on the author’s dialect.

The new edition will be printed on 60-weight natural paper, which is opaque and easy on the eyes. The hardcover will have a cranberry linen cover with a custom gold foil stamp of the title and the author’s signature, as well as a tough 100-weight dust jacket.

Why Gorham?

We have gone with Gorham Printing, a short-run printer in Centralia, Washington. (Yes, we know! Boreham and Gorham!) Using a short-run printer means that we have to choose how many copies to order up front. Since out-of-print books are often forgotten to start with, we could not justify investing thousands of dollars without first knowing how many serious Boreham fans are out there.

All the books we have printed thus far have been softcover books, perfect-bound, and print-on-demand. This is a great option for affordability; however, the quality of the binding does not compare with that of a book from a print run. This means they don’t last as long. There is also no customizability with the big, outsourced print operations. Gorham allows us a litany of design options, and when we email them a question, we get a response from a human being, usually within a day.

Why Kickstarter?

We decided that Kickstarter was the best way to fund this project for two reasons: First, it is currently the most popular way to crowdsource funding for a business venture. Second, Kickstarter provides accountability. If the project doesn’t make, Kickstarter returns all pledges. And if a project doesn’t follow their guidelines, they can hold the designer responsible.

The thirty-day timeline is also important. We don’t have any warehouse or office space to deal with continual sales. Kickstarter enables us to have a short, focused period to sell these books, and then get back to our day jobs.

What about Amazon?

As much as it is humanly possible at this time, we are breaking up with Amazon. There are basically two reasons for this.

The first reason is erratic management. Because of its size, there is no redress for problems with the Amazon process. I have had multiple F. W. Boreham projects rejected by Amazon for unfounded reasons, but there is no appeal process to get my new books in print. In August 2017, they accepted The Drums of Dawn for Kindle publication, but rejected it for print publication. They did something similar for The Ivory Spires and When the Swans Fly High,. This effectively halted our new Boreham publications, and I have never received any explanation.

The second reason is justice. Amazon has been roundly criticized for employee abuse and monopolizing practices. When ebooks hit the global market, Amazon took a seven-figure hit in its prices, just so that they could crush their only viable competitor, Barnes and Noble. They also bought out their only online competitor, Abebooks. Brick-and-mortar bookstores throughout North America are closing their doors because of Amazon’s ruthless business practices.

How do I get on board?

Go to our Kickstarter page to see how you can contribute to making this book a reality. If our project succeeds, you will get a brand new, hardback copy of Ships of Pearl for only $40, and you can order both print and digital for $50.

Introducing the New Ships of Pearl

Our design team has put together a new, hardback edition of F. W. Boreham’s rarest book, Ships of Pearl. You can pre-order a copy for $40, or get both print and digital for $50, over at the Kickstarter page.

The book is not available anywhere else, and this offer will only last until April 1. Jump on board if you want to see Ships of Pearl back in print!