• 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 […]

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  • 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.
  • Celebrating Independence Day and America’s Founding Fathers.

Celebrating Independence Day and America’s Founding Fathers.

In celebration of Independence Day we are pleased to share some of the rare books and historic documents related to America’s great Founding Fathers, particularly those instrumental in drafting the United States Declaration of Independence. Adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, The United States Declaration of Independence announced the sovereignty of the […]

By |July 3rd, 2018|Americana, Creating a Collection, For the love of books, History, Presidential, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on Celebrating Independence Day and America’s Founding Fathers.
  • The Big Game Hunting Epics of President Theodore Roosevelt.

The Big Game Hunting Epics of President Theodore Roosevelt.

The 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt was a prolific and skilled writer, publishing over 40 books on a range of topics including military history, natural history, conservation, biography, and editorial commentary throughout his lifetime. Known for his vigorous, robustly masculine persona, Roosevelt embraced a strenuous lifestyle and led an adventurous and well-traveled […]

By |April 9th, 2018|Americana, Authors, History, Presidential|Comments Off on The Big Game Hunting Epics of President Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Celebrating Black History Month and African American Literary Achievements.

Celebrating Black History Month and African American Literary Achievements.

Initially proposed by a group of African American educators at Kent State University in February of 1969, 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 […]

By |February 22nd, 2018|Americana, Authors, Civil Rights, History, Literature, Poetry|Comments Off on Celebrating Black History Month and African American Literary Achievements.
  • Celebrating President’s Day and Founding Father George Washington

Celebrating President’s Day and Founding Father George Washington

Officially recognized as “Washington’s Birthday” by the Federal Government – President’s Day is an iconic American Holiday revolved around honoring the Commander in Chief of the United States of America. Traditionally celebrated on February 22, the actual date of Washington’s birthday, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved to the […]

By |February 19th, 2018|Americana, History, Presidential|Comments Off on Celebrating President’s Day and Founding Father George Washington
  • The Monumental Legacy of President Abraham Lincoln

The Monumental Legacy of President Abraham Lincoln

“I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.” – Abraham Lincoln 

While President’s Day was originally begun to honor George Washington, another popular figurehead we honor on President’s Day is the renowned 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Born […]

By |February 11th, 2018|Americana, History, Presidential|Comments Off on The Monumental Legacy of President Abraham Lincoln
  • Join Us For a Discussion on American Presidents with Dr. Alvin Felzenberg

Join Us For a Discussion on American Presidents with Dr. Alvin Felzenberg

Raptis Rare Books welcomes back Dr. Alvin S. Felzenberg, a recognized expert on American politics, the American presidency, Congress, and political movements. Dr. Felzenberg served in two presidential administrations, was senior adviser to the Departments of State and Defense, and was principal spokesman for the 9-11 Commission. His writings have appeared in the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, […]

By |February 7th, 2018|Americana, Authors, Book Events and Festivals, Events, History|Comments Off on Join Us For a Discussion on American Presidents with Dr. Alvin Felzenberg
  • Allen Ginsberg and the Beat Generation.

Allen Ginsberg and the Beat Generation.

The Post-War American literary movement, the Beat Generation, was born in the “Harlem of the West”, or, the Fillmore District of San Francisco, a rich and diverse arts district where rent was inexpensive and there was no lack of culture; the young, hip and artistic communed at gritty jazz clubs, informal poetry readings, and bohemian […]

By |May 16th, 2017|Americana, Authors, For the love of books, Literature, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on Allen Ginsberg and the Beat Generation.
  • In the News – Local rare bookseller showcases inauguration memorabilia

In the News – Local rare bookseller showcases inauguration memorabilia

Matthew Raptis was live on WPBF 25 News speaking on Presidential inauguration memorabilia.

 

Here is the Transcript:

WHEN DONALD TRUMP TAKES THE OATH OF OFFICE IT WILL– THERE WILL BE A LOT OF MEMENTOS.OF COURSE THERE ARE A LOT OF HISTORICAL ITEMS FROM PAST PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATIONS. JOINING US NOW TO TAKE A LOOK AT SOUVENIRS FROM PAST […]

By |January 18th, 2017|Americana, History, News, Presidential, Videos|Comments Off on In the News – Local rare bookseller showcases inauguration memorabilia