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Friday, June 21, 2013

Bay Psalm Bits

The combination of Bloomsday followed quickly by the exhibition of two copies of the Bay Psalm Book has left little time for blogging this week.  I thought, however, I might offer a few interesting and/or quirky links related to the Bay Psalm Book, for the edification and enjoyment of Rosen-blog readers. 


The Bay Psalm Book. 1640. Rosenbach Museum & Library. A 640w


  • In case you missed the Sunday Inquirer article about the Psalm Book display, here's a link. And here's a link to a recap posted yesterday, which includes interviews with some of the visitors who came to see the books.
  • There are 11 extant copies of the Bay Psalm Book. The PhiloBiblos blog has a nice list of where each of them are and a bit about each one.
  • If all this talk has made you wonder about what the Bay Psalm Book's music would have sounded like, the folks at Smithsonian Folkway records put out a record way back in 1965 entitled Early American Psalmody: The Bay Psalm Book-Cambridge, 1640. You can go to their site to listen to decent length excerpts of each track, or to buy the CD. Digital versions are also available through ITunes, Amazon and elsewhere.
  • If you would like to know how Stephen Colbert is linked to the Bay Psalm Book, check out this old Rosenblog post.
  • Two book themed mysteries feature the Bay Psalm Book: The Bay Psalm Book Murder, by Will Harriss (reviewed on the Mystery File blog) and The Collectors by David Baldacci. I haven't read either one, so if you have, add a comment to let us know how they are.
  • The book even gets a cameo in the Batman Comics, in "The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl" which has a detailed summary on the Silver Age Sage blog.

The Bay Psalm Book. 1640. Rosenbach Museum & Library. A 640w

Kathy Haas is the Associate Curator at theRosenbach Museum & Library.


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