• Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: The Drawings and Painting of Coral Gables and Rome: Thomas A. Spain.

Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: The Drawings and Painting of Coral Gables and Rome: Thomas A. Spain.

Raptis Rare Books is pleased to partner with the Florida Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for the first event in our 2019-2020 Lecture Series with a book-signing featuring the new work: The Drawings and Paintings of Coral Gables and Rome: Thomas A. Spain.

Edited by Steven Fett and Edgar Sarli, The Drawings and […]

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  • The World and Art of Walt Disney.

The World and Art of Walt Disney.

American entrepreneur, animator, and film producer Walt Disney is arguably the most important figure in the history of animation. A national cultural icon, his innovative spirit and vision revolutionized the genre of animated cartoons, making them a major part of mainstream popular entertainment. Born in Chicago’s Hermosa neighborhood, Disney began his animation career in 1919 […]

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  • The Florida Architecture of Addison Mizner

The Florida Architecture of Addison Mizner

An architect who excelled at transforming an architectural fantasy into a practical, livable home, Addison Mizner was one of the most original and influential designers America has produced. The houses, clubs, and shops he built for the clients of Palm Beach and Boca Raton, Florida, evince a brilliant grasp of how to blend a building […]

By |December 14th, 2016|Art and Architecture, Creating a Collection, Design, For the love of books, Photography, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on The Florida Architecture of Addison Mizner
  • Building your library

Building your library

When it comes to building a personal library or collection, sometimes people’s choices on what to collect are shaped by the style of the homes they live in, the bookshelves they build, or the ones that were already built into the home. If you are a new collector, this might be the case. Those who […]

By |October 5th, 2010|Art and Architecture, Creating a Collection|Comments Off on Building your library
  • Collecting Modern Architecture Books

Collecting Modern Architecture Books

The Pritzker Prize for Architecture was recently awarded to Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of the architectural firm SANAA. This international prize, which is awarded annually to a living architect for significant achievement, was established by the Pritzker family of Chicago, and is often referred to as “architecture’s Nobel” and “the profession’s highest honor,”.

At Raptis […]

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  • Your library is your portrait

Your library is your portrait

Holbrook Jackson (who was a famous bibliophile) once said, ‘Your library is your portrait.’ I like this quote because the books one collects can tell others more about who you are than your physical appearance. Here are a few other quotes about libraries and some beautiful photos of some extraordinary libraries.

Libraries are not made; they […]

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  • A thousand words…

A thousand words…

In my humble opinion, Irving Penn was a masterful and innovative photographer. He captured the world in very different ways and gave us new ways of looking at ordinary things. His photography books have become quite desirable for collectors. Here I have highlighted some of his books as well as some of the photos that […]

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  • Collecting Photography Books

Collecting Photography Books

I was going to write a few thoughts on collecting photography books, but I believe that Mike Johnston on photo.net summarized it extremely well. If you are new to collecting or to collecting photography books, this is a wonderful article to read and I have copied part of it here:

Photography books are arguably one of […]

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