Saturday, November 16, 2013

Bay Psalm Book to Go on Sale: $30 to $50 Millon

The Bay Psalm Book (A little history and religion)
  • First book printed in the colonies in 1640
  • First  book printed in English in the New World
  • Only 11 copies left in the world
  • Could bring $30 to $50 million at Sotheby’s
The Old South Church in Boston is selling the rare book in order to raise its endowment. The church, according to this interesting New York Times story, baptized Benjamin Franklin and was a meeting place for upset colonists.

The opening lines of the Bay Psalm are a little different than the current version. “The Lord to mee a shepheard is, want therefore shall not I. Hee in the folds of tender-grasse, doth cause mee downe to lie.”

Here's a link to the Sotheby's site with more pictures and here is a clip about the sales of the book.

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