Source : Bangs

Source Title Bangs & Co. 739 & 741 Broadway, New York
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Bangs Auction was formed as Cooley & Bangs in 1837 at 196 Broadway in New York, a partnership between former publisher Lemuel Bangs and bookseller James Cooley. Within a year, Cooley was bought out, replaced by Josiah Richards and Luke Platt as Bangs, Richards & Platt. That was good until 1848 when it became, Bangs, Platt & Co., then from 1852-1858 Bangs Bros. & Co. (with Lemuel's brother Nathan Bangs). After Lemuel's retirement, from 1858-1876 it was Bangs, Merwin & Co (with Andrew Merwin) and finally, after Merwin died, 1877-1903 Bangs & Co. Throughout the run, there was always at least one Bangs present, six along the way. During that time, Bangs, in some form or other, became the biggest book auction house in America. Over their lifetime, they held at least 2,800 auctions, mostly of old books, a few of coins, and some of “trade books” (new books sold for publishers). By the turn of the century, it was hosting over an auction a week, but in 1903, the firm quickly ceased to exist, taken over by John Anderson, soon to be absorbed by Anderson Galleries. Two veterans of Bangs, Andrew Merwin's son, also named Andrew, and George Clayton, split off to form their own auction house, Merwin-Clayton Sales Co.

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Total Records in AED 706585
  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.
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    Forum, July 18: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, first hardback edition, 1997. £40,000 to £60,000.
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    Forum, July 18: Bacon (Sir Francis). De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarum Libri IX, Pierre Gassendi's copy gifted him by Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, Paris, Typis Petri Mettayer, 1624. £15,000 to £20,000.
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    Forum, July 18: Shakespeare (William). The First Part of Henry the Fourth, with the Life and Death of Henry, Sirnamed Hot-Spurre…, Printed by Isaac Jaggard, and Ed. Blount, 1623. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Darwin (Charles). On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, third edition, presentation inscription 'From the Author' in a secretary's hand, John Murray, 1861. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Teague (Violet). Geraldine Rede. Night Fall in the Ti-Tree, first edition, Melbourne, Sign of the Rabbit, 1905; and another. £10,000 to £15,000.
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    Forum, July 18: India.- Primrose (Gen. James Maurice). Collection of 24 original drawings from his time in India with the 43rd Regiment of Foot, circa 1855 to 1864. £10,000 to £15,000.
    Forum, July 18: Manet (Édouard). Trente Eaux-fortes originales, the complete portfolio, Paris, A. Stroelin, 1905. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bible, English. [The Holy Bible], first edition of the King James Bible, the Great 'He' Bible, [Robert Barker], [1611]. £6,000 to £8,000.
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    Forum, July 18: America.- Mathews (Alfred E.) Pencil Sketches of Montana, first edition, New York, Published by the Author, 1868. £6,000 to £8,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bawden (Edward). Original dust-jacket artwork for 'The Outsider' by Albert Camus, [c.1946]. £4,000 to £6,000.
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