Hymnal that dates to 1640, belived to be first book printed in America, could fetch $30M at auction
A tiny hymnal from 1640 believed to be the first book ever printed in what is now the United States is going up for auction, and it could sell for as much as $30 million.
Only 11 copies of the Bay Psalm Book survive in varying degrees of completeness. Members of Boston's Old South Church have authorized the sale of one of its two copies at Sotheby's Nov. 26.
"It's a spectacular book, arguably one of the most important books in this nation's history," said the Rev. Nancy Taylor.