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    Later Edition of the Bay Psalm Book

    [Bay Psalm Book]. The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, of the Old and New Testament: Faithfully Translated into English Meeter. For the Use, Edification and Comfort of the Saints in Publick and Private, especially in New-England. Boston: Printed by B. Green, for Nicholas Buttolph, 1706.

    Thirteenth edition of the "Bay Psalm Book." Small twelvemo (5 x 2.5 inches). [2, blank], 384, [2, blank] pages.

    Eighteenth-century black sheep tooled and ruled in blind on boards with four raised spine bands. Marbled endpapers. Binding somewhat worn and rubbed. Corners bumped and worn. Four pairs of pin holes from previous clasps once affixed to the boards. Wear to hinges, with rear hinge starting at the tail, but overall a sturdy binding. Foxing throughout. Minor marginal paper loss from preliminaries through page 10, affecting some text. A number of short closed tears and a few small spots to fore-edge margins. Small chip on fore-edge margin of Q3. Small hole and minor section of Q8 margin missing, affecting some text. Long horizontal closed tears to Q9 and Q10. Approximately one-third of bottom of Q11 missing. Small closed tear to margin of Q12. Contemporary ink notations to blanks in front and rear. Edges dusty. Overall, a wonderful copy of a rare early American imprint in about very good condition.

    A later edition of the first book printed in America, known as the Bay Psalm Book, taking its name from the area in which it was first printed, the Massachusetts Bay. This edition includes some additions from Cotton Mather in 1699. The Bay Psalm Book was the standard psalm and hymn book for English-speaking American Christians until about 1762, after which it was "superceded by 'The New-England Psalter,' and Brady and Tate's 'New Version of the Psalms'" (Sabin 66441).

    Evans 1240. Sabin 66441.


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