Bible. O.T. Psalms. English. Bay Psalm book. 1640
|Creator:||Day, Stephen, 1594?-1668, printer Mather, Richard, 1596-1669 Eliot, John, 1604-1690 Weld, Thomas, 1590?-1662|
Imprinted [by Stephen Daye],
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The first book printed in British North America, commonly known as the Bay Psalm book. Translated by Richard Mather, John Eliot, and Thomas Weld, among others. The preface is usually attributed to Mather, but this is disputed by Zoltan Haraszti, who attributes it to John Cotton. Cf. Haraszti's, The enigma of the Bay Psalm book, 1956, p. 12-27.
Printed at the press in Cambridge, Mass., supervised by Stephen Day (variously Daye). Day's son Matthew may have been responsible for the actuual printing.
Signatures: *-2*⁴ A-V⁴ W⁴ X-2L⁴ (2L4 verso blank).
"Faults escaped in printing."--p. .
The Prince-Crowninshield-Stevens-Brinley-Vanderbilt copy, listed by Wilberforce Eames (The Bay Psalm book, being a facsimile reprint ... with an introduction by Wilberforce Eames, New York, 1903) under no. 2 (p. xi-xii). For a full description see The Yale University Library gazette, XXII, no. 3, p. -76.
Provenance: Thomas Prince, Old South Church, Edward A. Crowninshield, Henry Stevens, George Brinley, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Mrs. Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt, Mrs. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Trust, The Rosenbach Company. Binder's stamp: Bound by F. Bedford. Bookplate: Brinley 847.
The first book printed in British North America, commonly known as the Bay Psalm book.
 p. ; 18 cm. (4to)
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