The Bay Psalm Book

Bay Psalm Book

The Bay Psalm Book
1640
[Line-cut facsimile]

This Bay Psalm Book is a facsimile of the first edition, the earliest printed English work in colonial America. It is a complete translation of the Psalms in English meter, produced by the Puritans on their own press only 10 years after their arrival in America and only 20 years after the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620. Although none of the text settings remain in use today, many of the tunes to which they were sung have survived. The first edition to include notated music was the ninth edition (1698).