This Book Could Be the Most Expensive Ever Sold
Among printed books, that is
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 18, 2013 10:20 AM CDT
What auctioneers are calling ‘the world’s most valuable book,’ the Bay Psalm Book, which is the first book ever printed in what is now the United States, is seen in this publicity photo.   (AP Photo/Sotheby's)

(Newser) – If the auctioneers selling it off are to be believed, an almost pocket-sized book of Bible verses is set to sell for as much as $30 million. That's because it's not any old book—it's one of 11 remaining copies of the Bay Psalm Book, which is believed to be the first book printed in America. The Plymouth Pilgrims printed 1,700 copies in 1640 on a press shipped over from London, in an attempt to create a translation of the Book of Psalms that was more faithful to the original Hebrew than their English editions, the BBC explains.

"The Bay Psalm Book is a mythical rarity," a Sotheby's official says. "With it, New England declared its independence from the Church of England." If it does fetch $30 million, it'll be by far the priciest printed book ever sold; the current record is $11.5 million (click for more on that book). Boston's Old South Church is selling it to fund its grants, ministries, and general operations, the AP reports. The church once had five copies, but has sent one each to the Library of Congress, Yale, and Brown University; it's holding on to one. The auction is set for Nov. 26.

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Apr 19, 2013 1:59 PM CDT
A bible thumper minister was ranting over the new translation of the bible when it came out in the 1960s. He claimed it was blasphony to change the Old Enlish to modern English. He calimed that "if the King James version was good enough for Jesus it was good enough for him!"
Apr 19, 2013 1:55 PM CDT
I'm sure a first edition of Grimm's Fairytales could be just as valuable and probably just as truthful.
Apr 18, 2013 5:53 PM CDT
This is one OLD bible! Note on the left hand side some entries made by Jesus Christ himself.