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By Wicked Local/Malden
Malden, Mass. — Editor’s Note: The following is a release from the office of Mayor Gary Christenson:
WickedLocal/Malden reported recently stopped by Mayor Gary Christenson’s office to return a book that he borrowed from City Hall back in 1982 when he was a sixth-grader at the old Beebe Junior High.
His assignment was to write a report on the history of Malden. He stopped by City Hall and asked a staff member if there was a book he could borrow and was handed “Malden from Primitive Past to Progressive Present” with the agreement that he would return it when he finished his report.
A 1988 graduate of Malden High School, Michael moved out of Malden in 1996 but his mother recently found the book and remembered the deal he had made with the gentleman at City Hall.
“I called the Library and learned that the late fee is 10 cents daily with a maximum of $5,” said Michael. “Without the cap, the daily charge for 31 years adds up to $1,131.50 – I decided to round it up to $1,500 and make a donation to Housing Families.”
Additionally, Michael informed the mayor that Commonwealth Mortgage recently received MassHousing approval, which enables Commonwealth Mortgage to offer affordable, fixed-rate, home loan products for low and moderate-income homebuyers. The loans have low down payment options and competitive interest rates.
“I thank Michael Richards for remembering people in his hometown of Malden and giving back to families at risk,” said Housing Families Community Outreach Coordinator Patty Kelly. “These funds will help support programs which enable us to move forward with our mission of ending family homelessness. We are most appreciative of his generosity.”
“This is great news all around,” said Mayor Christenson. “We have our book back, Housing Families received a generous donation and Commonwealth Mortgage is better able to help residents buy homes in Malden. I also thank Michael for his continued support of our City.”
For more information about Commonwealth Mortgage visit: http://www.commonwealthmorgage.com or call Michael Richards at 781-404-2507. For more information about Housing Families visit http://www.housingfamilies.org.
Rare ‘Bay Psalm Book‘ published by the Puritans in 1640
New York (CNN) —The world’s most valuable book sold Tuesday for $14.16 million at Sotheby’s in New York, according to the auction house.
Published in 1640, the rare Bay Psalm Book is the first book ever written and printed in what is now the United States. Its sale set a record for a book sold at auction, Sotheby’s said.
Philanthropist David Rubenstein purchased one of 11 surviving copies.
He “plans to share it with the American public by loaning it to libraries across the country, before putting it on long-term loan at one of them,” according to Sotheby’s.
The Bay Psalm Book is a translation of the biblical psalms by the Puritans and was an important part of their church service.
“It’s so very valuable because it is the beginning of Western civilization in our country,” said David Redden, vice chairman of Sotheby’s. “In fact, it is the first poetry in America — it’s as simple as that.”
Currently, the 11 surviving versions of the 1,700 originally printed are in institutional collections, including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, the New York Public Library and the Huntington Library in California.
The book auctioned Tuesday is from the collection of the Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts, which had it for more than 300 years. It is one of two copies in their possession, with the sale intended to support its mission and ministry in Boston.
Congregationalist Puritans, who settled around Massachusetts Bay in search of religious freedom, wanted to translate and produce a version of the Book of Psalms closer to the Hebrew original than the one they had brought over from England.
The first edition of the Bay Psalm Book was printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Tuesday’s sale is the first time since 1947 and the second time since 1894 that a copy has appeared at auction. In 1947, it achieved a higher price than any other book printed at the time, when Sotheby’s sold it for $151,000.
“This little book of 1640 was a precursor to Lexington and Concord, and, ultimately, to American political independence,” Redden said. “With it, New England declared its independence from the Church of England.”
Tuesday’s sale eclipses the previous auction record for a printed book, at Sotheby’s London, when a copy of John James Audubon‘s Birds of America sold for $11.5 million in 2010, the auction house said.