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Overview: For the first time since 1947, and only the second time since the nineteenth century, a copy of the first book printed in America will be sold at auction. The Whole Booke of Psalmes – universally known as The Bay Psalm Book – was produced in the virtual wilderness of Massachusetts Bay Colony by the Congregationalist Puritans who left England in search of religious freedom. A new poetical translation of the Psalms, intended to express the Hebrew original, was made by the leading scholars and ministers of colonial New England – John Cotton, Richard Mather and John Eliot among them – and the book was printed on a press sent, with paper and type, from England for that purpose by Stephen Daye, an indentured locksmith. From an edition of 1700 copies, just 11 survive. Of inestimable significance, The Bay Psalm Book is not simply one of the great icons of book history, it is one of the greatest artifacts of American history.
The Bay Psalm Book Sale
Session: 26 Nov 2013 7:00 PM