NEW YORK (AP) — A tiny hymnal from 1640 that experts believe to be the first book printed in what is now the United States is up for auction. It could fetch as much as $30 million.
Only 11 copies of the Bay Psalm Book survive in varying degrees of completeness. Members of Boston's Old South Church have authorized the sale of one of its two copies at Sotheby's Nov. 26.
The book was published in Cambridge, Mass., by the Puritan leaders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It came just 20 years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth.
The hymnal was supposed to be a faithful translation into English of the original Hebrew psalms. The initial 1,700 copies were printed on a press shipped over from London.
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