Holiday 2020 Catalog

With the season of giving now upon us, we invite you to browse a fine selection of new acquisitions and meaningful gift suggestions. Highlights of the catalog include: a rare first American edition of Isaac Newton’s Principia, a first edition of Charles Darwin’s Journal and Remarks, a first English edition of Marshall’s magisterial biography of George Washington bound in full morocco, a complete set of Charles Dickens’ Christmas books in the original cloth, a first edition, first issue of William Faulkner’s Light in August, and a first edition of How The Grinch Stole Christmas inscribed by Dr. Seuss.

Fall 2020 Catalog

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new Fall 2020 Catalog, featuring a fine selection of rare first editions and historic documents. Highlights of the catalog include a scarce first complete edition in English of Cervantes’ masterpiece Don Quixote, an exceptionally rare first edition of Charles Darwin’s magnum opus On the Origin of Species, and a rare first edition of Benjamin Franklin’s Experiments and Observations on Electricity. Also featured is a first octavo edition of Audubon’s Birds of America, an exceedingly rare first edition of The Great Gatsby in the scarce original dust jacket, and the singular presentation collection of Faulkner’s selected works bound at his direction as a gift to his only child, Jill.



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.


Moby Dick; Or, The Whale.

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.]

Walt Disney’s Fantasia. With a Foreword by Leopold Stokowski.

Alas, Babylon.

The Godfather.

The Scarlet Letter.

The Moral and Political Works.

Jurassic Park.

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

The Natural History of the Human Teeth. Including a Particular Elucidation of the Changes Which Take Place During the Second Dentition, and Describing the Proper Mode of Treatment to Prevent Irregularities of the Teeth. To Which is Added, an Account of the Diseases Which Affect Children During the First Dentition.


The Waste Land.

Progress and Poverty: An Inquiry into the Cause of Industrial Depressions, and of Increase of Want with Increase of Wealth. The Remedy.

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.

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

Emma: A Novel. By the Author of “Pride and Prejudice.”

Duke of Wellington Autographed Letter Signed.

Television: Seeing by Wire or Wireless.

A Tale of Two Cities.

The Doctor and the Soul: An Introduction to Logotherapy.

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.

George Gershwin’s Song-Book.

The Civil War.

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 Wind in the Willows.

King Solomon’s Mines.

Death on the Nile.


Gone With the Wind Signed Final Shooting Script.



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.


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

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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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Americana / Presidential

Celebrating President’s Day and America’s Founding Fathers

Susan Christiansen / February 12, 2021
Authors / Literature / Rare book highlights

Celebrating the Life and Work of Patricia Highsmith.

Authors / Rare book highlights

Collecting Rudyard Kipling.

Authors / Book Events and Festivals / Creating a Collection / Rare book highlights

Current Exhibition: Jurassic Park at 30 and the Dust Jacket Designs of Chip Kidd.

Authors / Literature / Science Fiction

The Genius of Aldous Huxley.


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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