• In the News – New crime Fighting Tool at Raptis Rare Books of Palm Beach

In the News – New crime Fighting Tool at Raptis Rare Books of Palm Beach

Matthew Raptis was recently interviewed by Ted White of ABC WPBF 25 News speaking on a new form of security implemented at Raptis Rare Books by CSI Protect.”Ted White: A Palm Beach business is the first in the state to get a unique crime fighting tool. A tool aimed at exposing criminals. This is not […]

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  • Celebrating the Enduring Influence and 50th Anniversary of Woodstock.

Celebrating the Enduring Influence and 50th Anniversary of Woodstock.

Billed as “an Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”, the Woodstock music festival was held August 15-18 1969 and attracted an audience of over 400,000 to Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York. One of the biggest rock festivals of all time and a cultural touchstone for the late 1960s, the […]

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  • Remembering Toni Morrison.

Remembering Toni Morrison.

Prolific American author Toni Morrison published 11 novels, 9 works of non-fiction, 5 children’s novels and received over 30 awards throughout the course of her career including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988, the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded by Barack Obama, in 2012.

Born on February 18, […]

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  • Celebrating the Life and Work of James Baldwin.

Celebrating the Life and Work of James Baldwin.

American novelist and social activist James Baldwin was born today, August 2nd, in Manhattan in 1924.
The literary master’s deeply personal and provocative stories examined both the African American and homosexual experience when neither identity was accepted by American culture. His works would come to galvanize the nation and give a passionate voice to the emerging […]

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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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Now in Palm Beach: Bases Loaded.

Now in Palm Beach: Bases Loaded.

Raptis Rare Books was recently featured in the May 2019 issue of Modern Luxury Palm Beach. View the full issue here and view the rare inscribed first edition of The Babe Ruth Story featured here.

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  • 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; […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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