Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in fine first editions, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. We have distinguished ourselves by having a reputation for handling unique and important books that are in exceptional condition.

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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.

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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 or 1 800 RARE BOOK 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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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.

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We are pleased to announce the arrival of our Fall 2016 catalog featuring a fine selection of recent arrivals and collection highlights including one of the earliest presentation copies of James Joyce’s Ulysses inscribed to Lewis Galantiere, an exceptionally rare hand corrected speech with additions and edits in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s own hand, an inscribed first edition of Albert Einstein’s The Evolution of Physics, and a signed extra limited edition of Winnie-The-Pooh inscribed with an original poem by A.A. Milne. Other highlights include a rare first edition in English of Dante’s Divine Comedy, a first edition of The Godfather inscribed by Mario Puzo to his editor Bill Targ, and a first edition, first issue of Political debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. As always, we are dedicated to assisting you in building your own collection or selecting the perfect gift with gift wrapping services available upon request.

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  • Store owner Matthew Raptis talks to Turtle River Montessori students about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his importance on Monday at his bookstore on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. Photo by Taylor Milano

In the News: Worth Avenue bookstore shares lesson on Dr. King with local students.

January 16th, 2018|Comments Off on In the News: Worth Avenue bookstore shares lesson on Dr. King with local students.

The following article was originally published in the Palm Beach Daily News Shiny Sheet on Monday, January 15th.

Worth Avenue bookstore shares lesson on Dr. King with local students. By Ian Cohen – Special to the Daily […]

The Enduring Words and Actions of Victor Hugo

December 28th, 2017|Comments Off on The Enduring Words and Actions of Victor Hugo

In our inventory, we also have a first American edition of Les Miserables, which was the first edition published in English.  This edition was translated by Charles E. Wilbur, who was hired by the Carleton Publishing […]

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Joseph Conrad: Legends of the Sea

December 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Joseph Conrad: Legends of the Sea

The works of Joseph Conrad are primarily inspired by real people, true events, and personal experiences. He incorporates characters that struggle against their own nature and forces outside of themselves. Themes of individualism, violence, imperialism, […]

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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.

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