BROWSE OUR MOST RECENT CATALOG

Browse an exceptional selection of new acquisitions with the arrival of our new Spring 2020 Catalog of fine rare books and historic documents. Highlights of the catalog include an exceptionally rare first edition of The Federalist Papers, a first edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, a first edition of Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia, a scarce calligraphic quotation signed and entirely in the hand of J.R.R. Tolkien, a fine complete first edition set of all fourteen James Bond novels in the original dust jackets, and a signed limited edition of Winnie the Pooh.

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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

The Hero With A Thousand Faces.

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.

Winnie-the-Pooh. With Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard.

Mary Poppins.

Ian Hamilton’s March.

New York, Rome, Moscow, Tokyo.

As I Lay Dying.

Lady and the Tramp.

Two Rivulets: Including Democratic Vistas, Centennial Songs, and Passage to India.

Rights of Man: Part the First Being An Answer to Mr. Burke’s Attack on the French Revolution and Part the Second Combining Principle and Practice.

The Sound and the Fury.

Albert Einstein Signed Etching.

The Godfather.

Cool Hand Luke.

The Torrents of Spring.

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

To Kill a Mockingbird.

Treasure Island.

The American Crisis, and a Letter to Sir Guy Carleton, on the Murder of Captain Huddy, and the Intended Retaliation on Captain Asgill, of the Guards.

The Quiet American.

The Birds of America from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.

HRH The Prince of Wales Watercolours.

The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.

William Faulkner Collection [25 Uniformly Bound Volumes Signed to His Only Daughter, Jill: Including Soldiers’ Pay; Mosquitos; Sartoris; The Sound and the Fury; Sanctuary; Light In August; A Green Bough; Absalom, Absalom!; Pylon; The Unvanquished; The Wild Palms; The Hamlet; Go Down, Moses; As I Lay Dying; Intruder in the Dust; Knight’s Gambit; Light In August; A Fable; The Faulkner Reader; Big Woods; The Town; Sanctuary; The Mansion; Selected Short Stories; The Reivers].

The Illustrious Hugo Grotius of The Law of Warre and Peace with Annotations in III. Parts and Memorials of the Author’s Life and Death.

The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian, Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East.

The Great Gatsby.

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

Little Women and Little Women, Part the Second.

Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea.

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.

 

Three years ago, we moved our operations to Palm Beach, Florida, opening 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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To Kill A Mockingbird: the Great American Novel.

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The Journals and Letters of Queen Victoria.

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Spokesman of a Generation: The Influences and Legacy of Bob Dylan.

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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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