Nov 25, 2014 - Sale 2368

Sale 2368 - Lot 45

Price Realized: $ 5,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
THE BAY PSALM BOOK (BIBLE IN ENGLISH--PSALMS.) The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, of the Old and New-Testament. [2], 308 (of 309?) pages. 12mo, contemporary calf, worn; lacking free endpapers, minor dampstaining and foxing, leaves somewhat worn throughout with occasional slight loss of text, apparently lacking final leaf. Boston: S. Kneeland & T. Green for Alford Butler, 1726

Additional Details

21st edition of the Bay Psalm Book. Not all of those editions were printed in America, though of course the 1640 first edition was the first book printed in North America. Evans 2729 shows the imprint line as "for Gillam Phillips"; ESTC lists three other variant imprints (most in unique examples), but this variant appears to be unrecorded. Includes 6 of the 7 pages of music usually found in this edition. The early Bay Psalm Books appear only infrequently at auction; we are aware of only one earlier Boston printing (a 1706 13th edition) in recent years, and the record-breaking sale of a 1640 Cambridge first edition has recently been in the news.