The first book printed in North America. The book is a metrical Psalter first printed for Puritan worship service in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1640. The Psalms are set to a metrical translation in English, not particularly polished or easily articulated they were largely incapacitated in colonial worship services. Though the Psalms were well practiced in the early days and common among the colonialists, none here survived in usage to this day. Though some melody may find a limited recognition, “Old looth”, This songbook for worship service as it was to be was quite an achievement for this sprawling community of Puritans. In order to secure the appropriate format, the church leaders sought out 30 of the “most pious” or “learned” ministers, including Richard Mather, Thomas Mayhem, and John Elliot to undertake this new translation from the Hebrew. It is interesting to note some of the familiar times of the part carried over into the new translation. The first printing was the 3rd product off the press of Stephen Daye and consisted of a 148-page quarto size edition including the 12-page preface, the Psalms in meter, and admonition to the reader, and “fault escaped in printing.” Daye printed the first edition and offered it for sale through Hezekiah Ushers’ bookstore in Cambridge. Over 1,700 were printed for that first edition. By 1651 an extensive revision by Henry Dunster and Richard Lyon (The Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs of the Old and New Testament, faithfully translated into English Metre,) was added. This would be the basis of all subsequent editions and was popularly known as THE NEW ENGLAND Psalter or New England version. The ninth edition (1698) contained music and with the popularity of the Psalms, many new Psalters began to began to appear and gain fervor. It was 1718 when Cotton Mather undertook the task of revising the Bay Psalms he had studied since youth. Two revisions this followed in 1752, John Barnard and 1758 Thomas Prince, but Prince found that the acceptance outside his own congregation and many revealed to the Isaac Watts revision. Although the printing of the first edition was basic at best, the accomplishment itself brought on a real sense of pride among the people and represented not on independence but on permanence and this would be the New England way! Today only eleven copies of the 1st edition are still known to exist of which five copies are complete and only one is held outside of the Untied States. In 1947 one copy sold for $151,000, a 1648 edition (Emerson copy) 9th edition sold for $15,000. In 2009 a copy bound with Edinburgh Bible sold for $57,600, but most note-able sale is the 2013 Sotheby's auction of one of the copies owned by Old South Church for $14,165,000 to philanthropist David Rubenstein, who planned to loan it to libraries across America.