Browse an expertly curated selection of new acquisitions with the arrival of our new Fall 2019 catalog of fine rare books and historic documents. Highlights of the catalog include a rare first Latin edition of Galileo’s epoch-making Dialogo, The Bishop-Stockhausen copy of the extraordinarily rare first issue of Shakespeare’s Second Folio, a first edition of John Milton’s masterpiece Paradise Lost, the first and only printed pamphlet of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, an exceedingly rare first edition of The Diary of Anne Frank in the original Dutch, a rare signed first edition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s third book Why We Can’t Wait, and an extraordinary two-page Jack Kerouac autograph manuscript.

Browse an expertly curated selection of new acquisitions with the arrival of our new Fall 2019 catalog of fine rare books and historic documents. Highlights of the catalog include a rare first Latin edition of Galileo’s epoch-making Dialogo, The Bishop-Stockhausen copy of the extraordinarily rare first issue of Shakespeare’s Second Folio, a first edition of John Milton’s masterpiece Paradise Lost, the first and only printed pamphlet of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, an exceedingly rare first edition of The Diary of Anne Frank in the original Dutch, a rare signed first edition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s third book Why We Can’t Wait, and an extraordinary two-page Jack Kerouac autograph manuscript.

DISCOVER

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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.

A LETTER FROM MATTHEW RAPTIS

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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FEATURED SUBJECTS

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.

Americana

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

Browse our extensive collection of fine bindings, rare book collections, 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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BLOG POSTS

Authors / Creating a Collection / For the love of books / History / Rare book highlights

The 145th Anniversary of Churchill’s Birth.

Adrienne Raptis / November 26, 2019
Events / Sports and Leisure

Upcoming Events: Palm Beach Concours.

Art and Architecture / Book Events and Festivals / Design / Events / History

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

Civil Rights / Events / History / Rare book highlights

The 150th Anniversary of Gandhi’s Birth.

Authors / Economics and Finance / Rare book highlights

Ludwig von Mises’ Human Action: A Treatise on Economics.

GIFT IDEAS

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.