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Holiday 2021 Catalog - From Royalty to Rhapsody

This holiday season, we invite you to browse a fine selection of new acquisitions and meaningful gift suggestions with the arrival of our Holiday 2021 Catalog. Highlights of the catalog include: a rare second edition in English of Machiavelli’s Florentine History, a first complete edition in English of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia in the original boards, a very rare and important second edition of The Federalist containing Hamilton’s final revisions, a scarce first edition in English of Alexis de Tocqueville’s magnum opus Democracy in America in the original cloth, a rare first edition, first issue of Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady, a rare first edition of Rhapsody In Blue inscribed by George Gershwin, and a rare collection of six Royal Christmas cards signed by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

 

 

Fall 2021 Catalog - From Hamilton to Hemingway

Browse an exceptional selection of new acquisitions with the arrival of our new Fall 2021 Catalog of fine rare books and historic documents. Highlights of the catalog include an autograph letter in the hand of Alexander Hamilton signed by George Washington as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, a fine original Anthony Berger carte-de-visite signed by Abraham Lincoln as President, a scarce lithographic broadside signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the thirty-second President of the United States and Winston S. Churchill as Prime Minster of the United Kingdom at the Atlantic Conference, a rare first edition of Ernest Hemingway’s second published work In Our Time, and a first edition, first issue of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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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.

NEW ARRIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

My Early Life. A Roving Commission.

The Works of Oscar Wilde.

A Tale of Two Cities.

The Personal History of David Copperfield.

Up From Slavery. An Autobiography.

The Koran, Commonly Called the Alcoran of Mohammed, Translated into English Immediately from the Original Arabic; with Explanatory Notes, Taken from the Most Approved Commentators.

Porgy and Bess.

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

George Gershwin’s Song-Book.

The Works of Alexander Hamilton; Comprising His Most Important Official Reports; An Improved Edition of The Federalist, on the New Constitution, Written in 1788; and Pacificus.

Ian Hamilton’s March.

The Godfather.

Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania.

Die Verwandlung [The Metamorphosis].

The Three Musketeers; or, the Feats and Fortunes of a Gascon Adventurer.

The Red Badge of Courage.

On War.

Eighteen Books of the Secrets of Art & Nature, Being The Summe and Substance of Naturall Philosophy, Methodically Digested. First designed by John Wecker Dr in Physick, and now much Augmented and Inlarged by Dr. R. Read. A like work never before in the English tongue.

The Raj Quartet. [The Jewel in the Crown, The Day of the Scorpion, The Towers of Silence, A Division of the Spoils; Staying On].

Silent Spring.

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Sketches.

Autographs of the Presidents of the United States of America.

Golf Dreams: Writings on Golf.

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.

Outdoor Pastimes of An American Hunter.

A Tale of Two Cities.

The Works of Alexandre Dumas, Including: The Count of Monte-Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later.

Deep Water.

A Child’s Garden of Verses.

A LETTER FROM MATTHEW RAPTIS

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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FEATURED SUBJECTS

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.

Americana

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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BLOG POSTS

Civil Rights / Events / Rare book highlights

In the News: Rare King signed books at Raptis in honor of MLK Day

Susan Christiansen / January 17, 2022
Civil Rights / For the love of books / History / Rare book highlights

Current Exhibition: Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Book Events and Festivals / For the love of books / Literature

Banned and Challenged Books.

Americana / Creating a Collection / History / Presidential

Collecting Americana: the Founding Texts of American History.

Authors / Civil Rights / For the love of books / Literature / Poetry

Langston Hughes: Writing African American Identity.

GIFT IDEAS

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.

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