$15+ Million Psalm Book

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Sotheby’s is predicting a new record-setting sale, this time for a historic tome. The Bay Psalm Book happens to be the first book printed in what would become the United States, the product of a Christian reformation stateside. In 1640, 1,700 copies of the 300-page book were translated into English meter, complete with typographical errors and an uncommon Puritanical voice, then immediately put to use. Most first editions were worn out within decades. Only 11 still exist and Boston’s Old South Church is selling one through the esteemed auction house, which is estimated to go for between $15 and $30 million.