The Bay Psalm Book: The First Book Printed in British North America, 1640

The Bay Psalm Book: The First Book Printed in British North America, 1640

By: Zoltan Haraszti

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The founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony came to the New World seeking religious freedom, and their first publication was a hymnal: The Bay Psalm Book, printed just twenty years after the Pilgrims' arrival. This book, with which the Pilgrims literally sang their praises to God, presents a translation of the Psalms from Hebrew, transposed into metrical rhyme for congregational singing. An instant success, the book was adopted throughout the colonies and remained in use for well over a century. Only eleven known original editions survive, one of which recently sold at auction for a record $14.2 million, making it the most expensive book in the world.
This facsimile of a rare first edition includes a companion volume, The Enigma of the Bay Psalm Book, which provides an academic study of the psalter's history and contents. Both books are encompassed in this single volume, offering readers and collectors a personal edition of a major icon of book history and a great artifact of American culture.

Reprint of the University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1956 edition.
AvailabilityUsually ships in 24 to 48 hours
ISBN 100486805263
ISBN 139780486805269
Author/EditorZoltan Haraszti
Page Count464
Dimensions5 x 8

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