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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.

BROWSE OUR MOST RECENT CATALOGS

Spring 2022 - From Don Quixote to Dune

Browse an exceptional selection of rare first editions and historic documents with the arrival of our Spring 2022 Catalog. Highlights of the catalog include: an exceptionally rare early 20th century South African government document containing the fingerprints of Mohandas K. Gandhi, signed and inscribed by him; a scarce complete first edition set of all three books in Defoe’s classic Robinson Crusoe series; an exceedingly rare first complete edition in English of Cervantes’ masterpiece The History of Don-Quixote; famed collector Richard Manney’s first edition in English of Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte-Cristo; a splendid association copy of Mark Twain’s Roughing It inscribed by him to P.T. Barnum; Richard P. Feynman’s personal first edition copies of all three volumes in his Lectures on Physics with his ownership inscriptions; and a rare first edition of Casino Royale signed by Ian Fleming and in the scarce original dust jacket.

 

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.

NEW ARRIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

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

The Bible. Translated According to the Ebrewe and Greeke, and Conferred with the Best Translations in Divers Languages. [WITH] The Whole of Book of Psalmes Collected into English Meetre by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and Others.

Skyways: A Book on Modern Aeronautics.

The Little Prince.

The Godfather.

One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Up From Slavery. An Autobiography.

The Ascent of Everest.

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.

Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard.

Lady and the Tramp.

2001: A Space Odyssey.

The Hobbit.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

The Vegetable: Or, From President To Postman.

The Giving Tree.

To Kill a Mockingbird.

Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, first Surgeon, and then Captain of Several Ships. [Gulliver’s Travels].

A Treatise On Money. In Two Volumes.

A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes.

The Works of John Locke [Including: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Some Considerations of the Consequences of Lowering the Interest, and Raising the Value of Money, An Essay for the Amendment of the Silver Coin, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Etc.]

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

Pride and Prejudice.

The Black Stallion.

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

Mary Poppins.

Antarctic Days. Sketches of the Homely Side of Polar Life by Two of Shackleton’s Men: Introduced by Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Cien Anos de Soledad [One Hundred Years of Solitude].

Roughing It.

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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Virginia Woolf: Avant-Garde Literary Pioneer.

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C.S. Lewis: A Literary Genius Of The Modern Age

Americana / Civil Rights

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

Americana / Creating a Collection / History / Presidential

The Portraits of George Washington: Icon of American Patriotism.

Authors / Children's Literature / First Edition Identification / For the love of books / Literature / Rare book highlights

Collecting J.R.R. Tolkien’s Masterpiece The Hobbit.

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.