raptis rare books

Our passion, expertise, and attentive customer service will guide you on a remarkable journey with a rich history and tradition. Whether your aim is to create a beautiful personal library, start a small collection of first editions, or give a gift to a loved one, we can assist you in discovering the world of book collecting. Create your legacy and preserve culture by holding these unique items in your personal library.


Spring 2023 Catalog - From Abraham Lincoln to Les Miserables

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our Spring 2023 Catalog of fine rare books and historic documents. Highlights of the Spring 2023 Catalog include the only known first edition of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates inscribed by Abraham Lincoln, an exceptionally rare collection of sixteen autograph letters signed and entirely in the hand of William Faulkner sent to his mother during his 1925 trip to Europe, a rare first edition in English of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia, a highly desirable first edition of Herman Melville’s first book Typee inscribed by him, a first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby in the scarce original dust jacket, and an exceptional complete signed first edition set of J.K. Rowling’s best-selling Harry Potter series including a first edition of the elusive Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.



Holiday 2022 - From Dickens' Christmas Carol to Davies' Miracle on 34th Street

With the season of giving upon us, we invite you to browse a fine selection of new acquisitions and meaningful gift suggestions with the arrival of our Holiday 2022 Catalog. Highlights of the catalog include an exceedingly rare first complete edition in English of Cervantes’ masterpiece Don Quixote bound in full crimson crushed levant morocco by Riviere & Son; a rare second edition of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, a first edition of Hemingway's classic novel A Farewell to Arms, signed by him; a first English edition of To Kill A Mockingbird signed by both Harper Lee and Truman Capote, and a rare first edition of Margery Williams’ beloved children’s classic The Velveteen Rabbit.




Fall 2022 Catalog - From George Washington to Virginia Woolf

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our Fall 2022 Catalog of fine rare books and historic documents. Highlights of the catalog include an exceptionally rare original Rembrandt Peale oil portrait of George Washington, a scarce first edition of one of the most significant books published in America: The Federalist, a first edition of The Great Gatsby lengthily inscribed by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the original autograph manuscript of Moshe Dayan’s Vietnam Diary entirely in his hand, an exceedingly rare first edition, presentation copy of The Hobbit inscribed by J.R.R. Tolkien, Friedrich August von Hayek’s personal first edition copy of The Road to Serfdom with his ownership signature and notes, and a first edition of The Years inscribed by Virginia Woolf to her brother-in-law Clive Bell.


The Ascent of Everest.

The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, As Agreed Upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787.

Messiah An Oratorio in Score.

Les Diners de Gala.

El Ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha. Segunda Parte del Ingenioso Cavallero Don Quixote de la Mancha.

Tour in Holland in MDCCLXXXIV. By an American.

The Lord of The Rings Trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King.

The Problem of Pain.

Jurassic Park and The Lost World.

Altneuland. [Old-New Land].


Experiments and Observations on Electricity, Made at Philadelphia in America, by Benjamin Franklin, L.L.D. and F.R.S. To which are added, Letters and Papers on Philosophical Subjects. The Whole corrected, methodized, improved, and now first collected into one Volume, and Illustrated with Copper Plates.

Complete Set of 14 First Edition James Bond Novels: Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia with Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only (short stories including A View to a Kill and Quantum of Solace), Thunderball, The Spy Who loved Me, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man with the Golden Gun, Octopussy and The Living Daylights.

The Origins of Totalitarianism.

Atomic Energy for Military Purposes: The Official Report on the Development of the Atomic Bomb Under the Auspices of the United States Government, 1940-1945.

Reminiscences Of A Stock Operator.

The Wright Brothers.

The Woman’s Bible.

A Farewell To Arms.

The Strategy of Peace.

Call For The Dead.

The White House Gardens: A History and Pictorial Record.

Great Expectations.

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

The Study of Sociology.

The Cat in the Hat.

Mary Poppins.

Oscar Wilde: His Life and Confessions.

Zorba The Greek.

The Great Gatsby.



My love and passion for collecting books began as a young child. It was out of a devotion to preserving these incredible pieces of history and culture that this business of buying and selling rare books naturally evolved over twenty years ago. Thanks to our many great clients who share our affections, we have succeeded in building one of the world’s premier collections of signed and inscribed first editions and documents in all fields, with particular attention to the subjects of Literature, Americana, Science, Economics, and Intellectual History.


When we moved our operations to Palm Beach, Florida, we opened an exquisitely appointed gallery of fine rare books and manuscripts on historic Worth Avenue, where we have been delighted to host the clients that have made our business a success. We always appreciate the overwhelmingly positive feedback we receive for both new and returning customers, a testament to the quality of both our discerning taste and expert professionalism.


We take great pride in purveying rare books of the utmost quality and rarity, and take great care to catalog, present, and guarantee the authenticity of each important and desirable piece we present to you.

The most gratifying aspect of our business has become developing relationships with discerning collectors throughout the world and sharing our passion for rare books with each person who steps into our gallery. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to peruse our exceptional collection, and I invite you to call or visit us to allow us to assist you in building your own Collection of a Lifetime.


Raptis Rare Books Gallery Online

The world of rare and antiquarian books awaits you. Browse by our extensive collection by subject, view featured books, recent arrivals and more. Call us at (561) 508-3479 to speak with us about any of the books you see on this website, request a printed catalog, or if you have questions regarding adding books to your wishlist or shopping cart. We’re here to assist you.



Whether you are interested in building a traditional library of fine bindings, have an interest in science fiction, architecture, sports, cooking, economics, history, or any other genre, we have experience in finding the perfect books for the perfect shelf. We know that each person is unique, and our aim is to match your library with your home and it’s reflection of the owner’s personality. We have helped build some of the finest private and public libraries in the country and are here to assist you in your pursuit and to be your guide in bringing the library of your imagination to reality.


Browse our extensive collection of rare Americana books and ephemera on topics such as the Civil War, Presidential History, The American Revolution, Government, and more.
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Children's Books

Browse your favorite rare children's and young adult books here.
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Fine Bindings and Sets

Browse our extensive collection of fine bindings, rare book collections, and sets.
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Science and Natural History

Browse rare and first edition science and natural history books and ephemera. Search for items in the fields of biology, medicine, chemistry, physics, and astronomy.
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The Legacy of Enzo Ferrari: Mastermind Behind the Horse

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Neil Armstrong: Modern American Hero

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J. Robert Oppenheimer: Father of the Atomic Bomb.

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J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter: the Best-Selling Book Series of All Time.


There are few gifts that are as lasting and appreciated as a rare book. They hold within its pages not only historical and cultural significance, but often also a personal significance to the recipient. Whether it is a beloved childhood book that turned them on to the joys of reading or a favorite title they read in high school or college, people treasure these books like a close friend. We offer free gift wrapping and ship worldwide to ensure that your thoughtful gift arrives beautifully packaged and presented. If you are uncertain of the recipient’s preferences or unsure of where to begin, contact us and let us know about the occasion and a little about the recipient. We can often help with suggestions and also issue gift certificates.