Wednesday, January 27, 2016

'The Witch Book' set for auction

From Massachusetts-

A piece of Salem Witch Trials history is hitting the auction block next week.

Swann Auction Galleries, based in New York City, is gearing up for a “Printed and Manuscript Americana” auction on Feb. 4. Buried in the list of items, as Lot 84, is a previously unknown seventh edition of the Bay Psalm Book, which is expected to sell for between $30,000 and $40,000, according to auction director Rick Stattler.

“It has a double connection to the Salem Witch Trials,” Stattler said. “The original owners were Jonathan Corwin and his wife, Elizabeth.”

Jonathan Corwin was one of the judges during the Witchcraft Trials of 1692, when 19 accused witches were hanged and another was pressed to death. Corwin’s home during the trials, now owned by the city of Salem, is better known today as the Witch House.

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