Church to Auction 17th Century Hymn Book


A historic church in Massachusetts will be auctioning off one of their two hymn books that date from the 17th century.

Old South Church in Boston, a 300-plus year-old progressive congregation belonging to the United Church of Christ, voted Sunday to sell off one of their Bay Psalm Books, which were published in 1640.

The Board of Trustees for Old South will be auctioning off the Book and 19 colonial era silver items to help fund improvements to their present building as well as aid their nonprofit efforts.

Given that it is one of the first books to be published in North America, the Psalm Book is expected to bring in somewhere between $10 million and $20 million.

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