Print History-AMERICA’S FIRST BOOK

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This is pretty cool today Sotheby’s is auctioning off the first English-language book printed in America. “The Whole Booke of Psalmes,” or the Bay Psalm Book, as it is now known, is expected to sell for between fifteen and thirty million dollars, which would make it the most expensive book in the world.

Translated directly from Hebrew into English, the Bay Psalm Book was printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1640, less than twenty years after the Mayflower left Plymouth, England. It was the first book printed on the Puritan minister Joseph Glover’s press, the first such device to make the journey across the Atlantic.

The article below talks more about the book and the history behind it.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/11/bay-psalm-sothebys-auction-americas-first-book.html

 

Source: The New Yorker

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