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Book owned by Salem witch trials judge to go up for auction

27witchbook -- The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs or The Bay Psalm Book, the previously unknown seventh edition of the first book printed in North America, Boston, 1693. Estimate $30,000 to $40,000. At auction February 4. (Swann Auction Galleries)

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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 containing psalms and spiritual songs that was once owned by Jonathan Corwin, one of the judges in the Salem witch trials, will go up for auction next week.

The “Witch Book,” which was later owned by descendants of one of the people hanged after the trials, is a previously unknown seventh edition of the “Bay Psalm Book,” dating back to the late 1600s.

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Here are the five snowiest blizzards in NYC history, as weekend storm slams East Coast

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The killer blizzard that forced New York to ban road travel and halt some train service Saturday could go down as one of the five worst snowstorms in New York City history.

The storm, which killed at least 12 people as it traveled up the East Coast Friday, could blanket the region with 20 to 25 inches. The blizzard needs to drop 20.3 inches to unseat the current No. 5 biggest storm.

Here’s a look at the snowiest storms to wreak havoc on the Big Apple, according to government records:

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Trevor Price walks his golden retrievers Wylie and Bella during a February 2006 blizzard, the worst ever recorded.

1. FEBURARY 2006

New York City’s biggest snowfall on record hit on Feb. 11, 2006, dumping 26.9 inches of powder on the city over two days. The Nor’easter, which affected 13 other states as it plowed through the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, forced New York officials to cancel flights and rail service.

Despite the historic snowfall, no fatalities were reported.

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The blizzard of 1947 killed 77 people in New York City.

2. DECEMBER 1947

The second largest blizzard killed at least 77 people when it stuck on Dec. 26, 1947. The paralyzing storm lasted for two days and dropped 25.8 inches on Central Park.

The blizzard buried the city’s cars, leaving drivers stranded, and stalled train travel across the region.

A four-day blizzard in March 1888 brought 21 inches of snow to the city.

A four-day blizzard in March 1888 brought 21 inches of snow to the city.

3. MARCH 1888

A four-day blizzard that hit late in the winter of 1888 threw the city into chaos and killed more than 200 people in New York City. The March 11-14 storm brought 21 inches of snow to the city and pummeled New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut as well.

Accumulation and winds blowing more than 70 miles per hour stopped taxis and horse-drawn carriage operations and caused to a locomotive to derail, leaving passengers stranded on elevated tracks in freezing cars.

Jodi Isman, helps her daughter Anne, 9, with her hat in Central Park during a Feb.10 snow storm, the fourth worst on record.XANTHOS, JULIA, NEW YORK DAILY N/XANTHOS, JULIA, NEW YORK DAILY N

Jodi Isman, helps her daughter Anne, 9, with her hat in Central Park during a Feb.10 snow storm, the fourth worst on record.

4. FEBRUARY 2010

A fierce “snowicane” ripped through New York City on Feb. 25, 2010, bringing 20.9 inches of snow with it.

Above-freezing temperatures brought a slushy mixture of snow and rain, and strong winds caused falling branches that killed a Brooklyn dad in Central Park.

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The blizzard of 1996 marked New York City’s fifth highest snowfall.

5. JANUARY 1996

The monster blizzard of ’96 coated the city with 20.2 inches of snow on Jan. 7-8, 1996. The storm — which reportedly killed dozens of people — closed schools and forced Broadway to cancel shows.

The region was left with a whopping $1 billion in damage from Washington to Boston.

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