Source Boston Globe



This copy of the Bay Psalm Book was once owned by Jonathan Corwin, a judge in the Salem witch trials, and his wife.

A book of religious songs and hymns that was once owned by a magistrate who presided over the Salem witch trials will go up for auction next week.

The “Witch Book,” which was later owned by the family of one of those hanged after the trials, is expected to fetch more than $40,000.

The book, a previously unknown seventh edition of the “Bay Psalm Book,” dating back to the late 1600s, is part of the “Printed and Manuscript Americana” lot that will be auctioned off by New York-based Swann Auction Galleries.

Auctioneers are calling the book “the star among several important historical texts” going up for sale on Feb. 4.

According to a press release, the book was originally owned by Jonathan Corwin, who was a judge during the witch trails 1692…

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The Witches: Salem, 1692

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials.

The WitchesIt began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister’s daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.

The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic.

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