Hymnal From 1640 To Be Auctioned In Ny

04.12.13 | Sarah Harnisch

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 and members of Boston's Old South Church have authorized the sale of one of its two copies at Sotheby's Nov. 26.  The 6-by-5-inch hymnal was used by parishoners like Samuel Adams and Benjamin Franklin. It was published just 20 years after the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.