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  • Celebrating the Centenary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s Birth.

Celebrating the Centenary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s Birth.

Saturday July 20th marks the centenary of the birth of Sir Edmund Hillary, the first climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand on July 20th 1919, Edmund Percival Hillary made his first climb at the age of twenty, reaching the summit of Mount Olliver in the Canterbury Region of New […]

By |July 6th, 2019|Exploration and Adventure, For the love of books, History, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on Celebrating the Centenary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s Birth.
  • Rare Book Highlights: Vesalius’ On the Fabric of the Human Body.

Rare Book Highlights: Vesalius’ On the Fabric of the Human Body.

First published by Joannis Oporini in 1543, Sixteenth century Flemish anatomist and physician Andreas Vesalius’ On the Fabric of the Human Body remains the most important and influential book in the study of human anatomy and “one of the most beautiful scientific books ever printed”(Grolier).

Vesalius studied medicine at the University of Paris and received his […]

By |July 1st, 2019|For the love of books, Rare book highlights, Science and Philosophy|Comments Off on Rare Book Highlights: Vesalius’ On the Fabric of the Human Body.
  • The 50th Anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five.

The 50th Anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five.

March 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Vonnegut’s most powerful novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade, A Duty-Dance With Death.

Published 50 years ago this month, on March 31st 1969, Vonnegut’s science fiction-infused anti-war novel Slaughterhouse-Five became his first bestseller and made the 47-year old writer a celebrity.

First edition of Vonnegut’s masterpiece Slaughterhouse-Five; […]

By |March 22nd, 2019|Authors, For the love of books, Literature, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on The 50th Anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five.
  • Friedrich August von Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom

Friedrich August von Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom

One of the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism ever published first appeared in March of 1944.

First edition of F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom; signed by him

The Road to Serfdom was first published in London by Routledge & Sons in March 1944 in the midst of World War II, and due to […]

By |March 9th, 2019|Economics and Finance, For the love of books, Prizes and Awards|Comments Off on Friedrich August von Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom
  • Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.

Sunday, March 10th marks the 50th anniversary of Puzo’s definitive masterwork.

A searing narrative of the Mafia underworld, Mario Puzo’s epic novel The Godfather made its debut on March 10th, 1969. Appearing at a time when America’s interest in organized crime was growing, the book was applauded for its authenticity and swiftly became publisher G.P. Putnam’s […]

By |March 5th, 2019|Authors, Events, For the love of books, Literature|Comments Off on Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.
  • Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: At Churchill’s Table: Dining and Diplomacy with History’s Greatest Leaders.

Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: At Churchill’s Table: Dining and Diplomacy with History’s Greatest Leaders.

Raptis Rare Books is pleased to welcome back acclaimed speaker and historian Lee Pollock of The International Churchill Society as he presents: At Churchill’s Table: Dining and Diplomacy with History’s Greatest Leaders.

Beyond his stature as a world statesman, Churchill is almost as well known for his love for—and consumption of—food and wine and for his […]

By |February 7th, 2019|Book Events and Festivals, History|Comments Off on Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: At Churchill’s Table: Dining and Diplomacy with History’s Greatest Leaders.
  • Celebrating Black History Month and African American Literature.

Celebrating Black History Month and African American Literature.

Black History Month was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford as a month of national observance in 1970 during the United States Bicentennial where he urged American citizens to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”.

Many of the most celebrated and influential […]

By |February 2nd, 2019|Americana, Authors, For the love of books, History, Photography|Comments Off on Celebrating Black History Month and African American Literature.
  • Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: Acclaimed Photographer Steve Horan on the People of Yellowstone.

Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: Acclaimed Photographer Steve Horan on the People of Yellowstone.

Raptis Rare Books is pleased to welcome acclaimed photographer Steve Horan for a discussion and book signing on his new book of photography: People of Yellowstone.

Steve Horan has spent over five years photographing the people who work in and around Yellowstone National Park including wranglers, researchers, rangers and coach drivers. 

The culmination of this work: The People […]

By |November 17th, 2018|Americana, Events, History, Photography|Comments Off on Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: Acclaimed Photographer Steve Horan on the People of Yellowstone.
  • The Epic Influence of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.

The Epic Influence of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.

Attributed to the singular ancient Greek poet Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey are considered to be, not only, the most important works of ancient Greek literature but the oldest extant works of Western literature. The epic poems were likely composed near the end of the 8th century B.C.E. in the Greek coastal region of Anatolia […]

By |November 15th, 2018|Authors, For the love of books, History, Literature|Comments Off on The Epic Influence of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.
  • Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: General William Jenkins Worth with Historian Ed Lamont.

Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: General William Jenkins Worth with Historian Ed Lamont.

Raptis Rare Books is pleased to welcome back acclaimed speaker and historian Edwin Lamont as he discusses the intriguing history of General William Jenkins Worth.

Lake Worth, FL, Fort Worth, TX, and Worth Avenue in Palm Beach are named for General William Jenkins Worth. So are counties in Georgia, Missouri, and Iowa. Who was he? How […]

By |October 30th, 2018|Americana, Events, History|Comments Off on Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: General William Jenkins Worth with Historian Ed Lamont.