Bay Psalm Book touted to be the world’s oldest and most expensive book at $30 million


It’s World Book Day today, and what a wonderful piece of news to share! The first-ever book to be printed in America will soon be put under the hammer, and is already touted to be the most expensive even before it finds a new buyer. Headlining a late November auction, the 1640 print of Bay Psalm Book is expected to fetch anywhere between $15 million to $30 million. The current ownership lies with Boston’s Old South Church, which owns two of the book’s copies. The sale will give the church much-need funds for “maintenance and public outreach”.

When last surfaced in 1947, the book earned a whopping $151,000; which comes to around $1.56 million when adjusted for inflation. If this new copy is sold, it will beat the Birds of America to take over the title.

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[Via – Time]