Monday, January 2, 2012

What Was the "Bay Psalm Book"?

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Also known as the "Psalter", the "Bay Psalm Book" was the first book to be printed in North America and was first translated from Hebrew and then  in 1640, published in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The title page of the first edition of 1640:

The Whole Booke of Psalmes
Whereunto is prefixed a discourse
declaring not only the lawfullnes, but also
the necessity of the heavenly Ordinance
of singing Scripture Psalmes in
the Churches of God.
Cambridge, Mass. Stephen Day
Imprinted, 1640
For over a century "The Bay Psalm Book" was used by families as well as churches.  Today you can still purchase America's very first book.

Posted By: Shiloh

1 comment:

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