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1713 Bay Psalm Book
, Item # BP1713

1713 Legendary Bay Psalm Book

[The Bay Psalm Book.] The/ Psalms,/ Hymns,/ and Spiritual Songs/ of the Old and New Testament,/ Faithfully Translated into/ English Meter./ for the Use, Edification, and Com-/ fort of the Saints in Publick and/ Private, especially in NEW-/ ENGLAND. [quotes from 2 Tim. 3: 16,17 and James 5: 13] The Twelfth Edition. London: Printed for Tho. Varnam and John Osborn at the Oxford-Arms in Lombard-Street, 1713.

Stated twelfth edition of the first book ever published in Colonial America, the legendarily rare “Bay Psalm Book.” Small twelvemo. Complete. A-H6, I4; pp. [7], 1-97 (even numbers on rectos). Title-pag e tired and with edge repair; perforated for The Forbes Library in Northampton, Massachusetts (also bears their black and white book plate on front (new) pastedown. Leaf I2 also library-perforated. Stock slightly uniformly browned and a littl e tired as expected with such thin paper. Overall, a very nice copy of an extraordinarily rare and important book.

Modern full mottled calf to style by Starr Bookworks of Arizona, red calf lettering piece. Now set in a four-fold chemise within a calf-backed clamshell conservation case.


Please Note:  This is a low-resolution photo, which shows the format, but makes reading the text nearly impossible.  In reality, the text of these Bibles is large enough and clear enough to read very easily. 

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Just The Facts

Item # BP1713
Title Page: 1713
Size: 5 x 3 x 1
Font: Roman

Additional Features:
Full Calf
End Papers: Cotton

Appraisal Value: $50,000

Sale Price: $9,995