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In the News – For Matthew Raptis, Rare Books Are More Than Just A Business; They’re A Key To The Past

March 9th, 2017|Comments Off on In the News – For Matthew Raptis, Rare Books Are More Than Just A Business; They’re A Key To The Past

We have recently been featured in the Palm Beacher Magazine:

Matthew Raptis doesn’t judge a book by its cover alone. He also judges it by its publication date, its condition and its relative rarity in the antiquarian book marketplace. Think print is dead? For avid collectors of rare books, it’s anything but.

Mark Twain once wrote, “In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” History didn’t record which bookroom Twain had in mind, but if the American novelist was alive today on Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue, he’d surely ramble into Raptis Rare Books and feel instantly wiser, not to mention astonished to find that a first edition of his Adventures of Huckleberry Finn now sells for $16,000 (one of only 500 copies printed in 1885, originally priced at $4.25).

While proprietor Matthew Raptis doesn’t offer any titles that cost what they did in the 1900s, he does shelve many fine books starting in the $200 range. That’s not pocket change, but for most folks, it’s more affordable than the 1960 first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird, signed by reclusive author Harper Lee […]

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Raptis Rare Books Grand Opening Celebration

January 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Raptis Rare Books Grand Opening Celebration

We recently celebrated our Worth Avenue grand opening with a lovely party catered by The Bowery Palm Beach and with special operatic performances by Julia and Christina of Musical Soireé. Thank you to everyone who attended. We are delighted you could join us and would like to share some highlights of the event with you. Also, as newcomers to Palm Beach, we are reliant upon you, our customers, colleagues, and friends in spreading the word about Raptis Rare Books. Please consider writing a review of our business on Google, Facebook, Trip Advisor, or any other site or app that you use. Thank you for your continued support and we hope you enjoy the following video and photos. Please feel free to download any photos for your use or for posting to social media.View all the photos here.

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In the News – Local rare bookseller showcases inauguration memorabilia

January 18th, 2017|Comments Off on 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 INAUGURATIONS IS MATTHEW RAPTIS, OWNER OF RAPTIS RARE BOOKS ON PALM BEACH. LET’S GO THROUGH SOME OF THEM, BECAUSE IT IS AN EXCITING TIME FOR OUR COUNTRY.>> HERE WE HAVE THE INFAMOUS CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE, “DEWEY BEATS TRUMAN” THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN LARGELY FORGOTTEN IF IT HAD NOT BEEN GIVEN TO PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMAN TWO DAYS LATER.WE KNOW THAT TRUMAN FAMOUSLY HELD THIS UP AND OBVIOUSLY THE JOKE WAS ON CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE. STEPHANIE: WHAT ELSE DO YOU HAVE?YOU HAVE A MEMENTO, KIND OF A PALM BEACH CONNECTION. JOHN F. KENNEDY.>> PALM BEACH COUNTY’S MOST FAMOUS RESIDENT UP UNTIL NOW.WE HAVE THE INAUGURAL TICKETS TO THE CEREMONY IN 1961. STEPHANIE: THESE ARE ALL ORIGINAL ITEMS?>> THESE ARE ALL ORIGINAL. THIS IS WHERE JOHN F. KENNEDY SAID THOSE FAMOUS LINES “MY FELLOW AMERICANS, ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU BUT WHAT YOU CAN DO […]

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In the News: Rare manuscript by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on display in Palm Beach

January 16th, 2017|Comments Off on In the News: Rare manuscript by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on display in Palm Beach

From CBS12 News:

PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — 

Raptis Rare Book Store is giving visitors a look inside the mind of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as he prepared to deliver a speech to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s staff retreat on Nov. 14, 1966.

 

Matthew Raptis, the owner of Raptis Rare Books, says “This is one of the final final remaining hand corrected speeches in private hands.”

He says some who have come through his doors have been moved by the speech following their own times during the civil rights movement era.

But Raptis says even today, as we celebrate the civil rights’ campaign Dr. King dedicated his life to, we still have a long way to go.

“I believe we still have many miles to go but will get there,” Raptis says.

Raptis Rare Books Store has other works signed by Dr. King available for sale. This particular manuscript with handwritten notes is available for $30,000.

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In the News – Martin Luther King Jr. speech notes on display

January 16th, 2017|Comments Off on In the News – Martin Luther King Jr. speech notes on display

In the Palm Beach Daily News By Gregory Cox – Daily News Staff Writer

The corners may be slightly yellowed and tattered, but the blue handwritten ink on a rare, hand-corrected speech that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered Nov. 14, 1966, stand as bold as the message he delivered that day.

The four pages are now framed and on display at Raptis Rare Books on Worth Avenue this week to honor the civil rights leader’s birthday today.

Store owner Matthew Raptis knew when he saw the pages that he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy them.

“There’s something important about being able to see and handle these historical documents,” Raptis said. “This is very rare in private collections.”

 

The pages were an outline for the speech King delivered to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s staff retreat in Frogmore, S.C., about 16 months before his assassination on April 4, 1968.

“No one surveying the moral landscapes of a nation,” one of the handwritten notes reads, “can overlook the hideous and pathetic wreckage of commitment twisted and turned to a thousand shapes under the stress of prejudice and irrationality.” Another scribble notes that the Black Power movement is “a slogan, not a program,” and that growing white backlash, “it […]

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In the News – Martin Luther King Jr., in his own words

January 16th, 2017|Comments Off on In the News – Martin Luther King Jr., in his own words

From the Sun Sentinel, By Johhny Diaz:

 

Before Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his speech to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in South Carolina on Nov. 14, 1966, he scribbled some notes in the margins of a typewritten outline.

That annotated outline is on display at Raptis Rare Books in Palm Beach.

“It’s a piece of history,” said Matthew Raptis, who opened the bookstore on Worth Avenue last November with his wife, Adrienne. He said he privately acquired the outline last year. He has listed it for $30,000.

The manuscript is matted and framed with a photograph of the civil rights leader. In his honor, the third Monday of each January is a federal holiday near his birthday. This year, the holiday, which is marked with parades and ceremonies, falls on Jan. 16. He was born on Jan. 15, 1929, and was assassinated April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn.

“We are looking at something that has impacted African Americans not only in the South but all over the world,” Raptis said of the four page outline, which shows King’s elegant cursive handwriting in blue ink and some of his poetic prose. It also provides some insights into what the civil rights leader may have been […]

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Palm Beach Daily News – Pieces of history: Raptis Rare Books opens on Worth Avenue

January 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Palm Beach Daily News – Pieces of history: Raptis Rare Books opens on Worth Avenue

The following article was published in the Palm Beach Daily News (aka The Shiny Sheet):

By Aleese Kopf – Daily News Staff Writer

Palm Beach now has three book stores, one in each of the island’s shopping districts.

But, unlike The Palm Beach Book Store on Royal Poinciana Way and Classic Bookshop on South County Road, Worth Avenue’s new store offers something unique: rare and antiquarian books.

Raptis Rare Books, at 226 Worth Ave., offers hundreds of books covering a variety of topics including classic and children’s literature, science, history and biography. Customers can buy and sell in-store and online. They also can get help building a library, whether it’s filled with traditional novels or special interests.

Matthew Raptis, a bibliophile, and wife Adrienne, an avid reader, began collecting rare books more than 20 years ago. They’ve held history in their hands — some of the most important books of the past three centuries. They’ve sold countless first editions and author-inscribed books, and curated dozens of personal libraries.

“Each particular book has its own story,” said Adrienne Raptis, pointing to pages in the gallery containing a hand-corrected speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. “These pages were held in his hands. He crossed this out and made […]

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January 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Raptis Rare Books Grand Opening Celebration

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In the News – Local rare bookseller showcases inauguration memorabilia

January 18th, 2017|Comments Off on 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:

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In the News: Rare manuscript by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on display in Palm Beach

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Raptis Rare Book Store is giving visitors a look inside the mind of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as he prepared to deliver a speech to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s staff retreat on Nov. 14, 1966.

 

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In the News – Martin Luther King Jr. speech notes on display

January 16th, 2017|Comments Off on In the News – Martin Luther King Jr. speech notes on display

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The corners may be slightly yellowed and tattered, but the blue handwritten ink on a rare, hand-corrected speech that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered Nov. 14, 1966, stand as bold as the message he delivered that day.

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