The 'Bay Psalm Book' is said to be the first ever bound book printed in the new world. The book was printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the congregationalist puritans using funds, a printing press, paper and printer all sent from England. By 1700, Boston had over from Oxford and Cambridge to become the second most productive printing centre, just behind London.
|Ref: 4-8433, showing the interior of St Jude's Church, Avondale with psalm & hymn boards (on left), Sir George Grey Special Collections|
Auckland Libraries holds a 1956 copy of the 'Bay Psalm Book' in the Sir George Grey Special Collections at Central City Library and a number of other psalm related heritage resources which can be browsed through by subject in the heritage collections around the region.