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Lecture and Book Signing with Dr. Alvin Felzenberg

September 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Lecture and Book Signing with Dr. Alvin Felzenberg

Dr. Alvin Felzenberg

Please join us for a lecture and book signing with Dr. Alvin Felzenberg, author of A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley, Jr. on Thursday, October 5th at 6pm. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP to Susan@RaptisRareBooks.com

Raptis Rare Books
226 Worth Avenue
Palm Beach, FL 33480

Dr. Alvin S. Felzenberg is a recognized expert on American politics, the American presidency, Congress, and political movements. He served in two presidential administrations, was senior adviser to the Departments of State and Defense; and was principal spokesman for the 9-11 Commission. From 2010 through 2016, he directed strategic communications for the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress.

A former columnist for US News and World Report, Felzenberg has appeared as a commentator on major public affairs television shows, including CNN’s “Crossfire,” C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and “Hard Ball” with Chris Matthews, National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation,” a public affairs broadcast, and multiple others. His writings have appeared in the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Politico, and National Review.

 

UPDATE: We would like to thank everyone who joined us […]

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In the News: Raptis Rare Books Awarded “Best in Palm Beach County” by Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine

September 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on In the News: Raptis Rare Books Awarded “Best in Palm Beach County” by Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine

We have recently been awarded as one of the best places for “literary scene” in Palm Beach county by Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine. This is what they have to say:

“Lovers of the written word are particularly smitten with Raptis Rare Books. A recent addition to Worth Avenue, Raptis specializes in first editions and inscribed copies of literature’s most famous works. In search of a signed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird? Raptis has it. Hunting for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with the signature of artist Salvador Dali? It’s here. In need of a version of The Sun Also Rises featuring the misprint “stoppped”? They’ve got that, too. For anyone who adores the smell of an old book or the comfort of a fine leather chair, Raptis is a rare find.”

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In The News – Speaking volumes: You’re bound to be drawn to this Worth Avenue antiquarian bookstore

August 8th, 2017|Comments Off on In The News – Speaking volumes: You’re bound to be drawn to this Worth Avenue antiquarian bookstore

The following article was recently featured on the front page of The Coastal Star. View the original post on The Coastal Star’s website here.

By Ron Hayes

“I was a unique child,” Matthew Raptis remembers. “My parents did not allow me to have video games, so I read books and played outside.”
Reading gave Raptis a love of books. Books gave him a love of history. History gave him a passion for the Civil War. And together they gave him a career.
“In 1989, when I was about 10, I bought a first edition of Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs,” he explains. “They’re not that rare. You could get a copy for about $50.”
Now that first barely rare book has grown into a catalog of about 10,000 titles, and in November 2016, Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue became home to Raptis Rare Books, an antiquarian bookstore where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln share the shelves with James Bond, Tom Sawyer and the Beatles.
“This is the first venture I’ve not run out of my house,” says Raptis, who grew up near Saratoga, N.Y., and came to Palm Beach from Brattleboro, Vt. A rare book dealer for 16 years, he’d sold his wares through online and printed […]

In The News – The Raptis Rare Books Collection is a Palm Beach Bibliophile’s Dream

May 26th, 2017|Comments Off on In The News – The Raptis Rare Books Collection is a Palm Beach Bibliophile’s Dream

Raptis Rare Books was recently featured in Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine. View the full article here.
The Raptis Rare Books Collection is a Palm Beach Bibliophile’s Dream

by Mary Murray

 The ultimate library for Palm Beach bibliophiles has set up shop on Worth Avenue. Matthew Raptis started his company, Raptis Rare Books, 16 years ago with the goal of turning his passion for the written word into a full-time career. Specializing in first editions, the Raptis inventory includes between 4,000 to 5,000 books at any given time, ranging from the Nuremberg Chronicles printed in the late 1490s to Adam Smith’s 1776 economic magnum opus Wealth of Nations to a first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird inscribed by author Harper Lee. “It’s amazing to actually open up the pages and see the books as they were when they first entered into the world,” says Raptis, who travels extensively in order to augment his offerings. “I’ve been to 75 countries and all the corners of the globe searching for books.” While the Raptis Rare Books collection is constantly changing, here are five first editions we’d love to add to our dream bookshelf.
 

 
The Raptis Rare Books Collection

Moby Dick by Herman Melville, 1851, $65,000. Melville’s classic tale […]

Rare Books Sales Position now Available

May 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Rare Books Sales Position now Available

Raptis Rare Books is seeking an experienced and results-driven Lead Salesperson, with the position located at its gallery on Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, Florida.

Job requirements:

in-depth knowledge of rare and antiquarian books
proven history of sales successes
ability to nurture relationships with existing clients
ability to conduct ongoing prospecting for new clients in the U.S and internationally
strong organizational and interpersonal skills
excellent oral and written communication skills
strong attention to detail
pertinent computer skills (Word, Excel, CRM database)
ability to work independently, as well as cooperatively with owners and co-workers
graphic design, photography, and social media experience helpful, but not required

Education:

Bachelor’s degree desired in the fields of English literature, history, art history, Renaissance studies or the like.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

researching, purchasing and cataloging of rare books
serving as lead salesperson at the Palm Beach gallery, and via phone and email
participating in assigned book fairs
assisting with business operation functions

Compensation package based on experience. Please email your resume, with cover letter to mail@raptisrarebooks.com.

Job Type: Full-time

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Rare Book Monthly News

April 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Rare Book Monthly News

The following article was published in the Rare Book Monthly News from Rare Book Hub:
Raptis Rare Books Opens in Palm Beach
– by Bruce E. McKinney
While Palm Beach, Florida has been in the news more recently as the new home of the “winter White House”, for serious readers and book collectors the most interesting news has been the opening of Raptis Rare Books’ new location on Palm Beach’s prestigious Worth Avenue shopping district. It’s a storied town with a storied history replete with Addison Mizner Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial architecture. It is also near enough to where Ponce de Leon is said to have landed in 1513, for Palm Beach and the Raptis Rare Book Company to argue they are at the place in the New World where the European experience began.

The owners, Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, both enjoy travelling and have been to over seventy-five countries. They travel frequently to Europe and Italy, in particular, which is why, until recently, they had been operating out of a beautiful Italianate villa built by an opera singer that they discovered in southern Vermont and just had to purchase. They planted a vineyard there with four varietals of vinifera and built a wine […]

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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Palm Beach, FL 33480

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In The News – Speaking volumes: You’re bound to be drawn to this Worth Avenue antiquarian bookstore

August 8th, 2017|Comments Off on In The News – Speaking volumes: You’re bound to be drawn to this Worth Avenue antiquarian bookstore

The following article was recently featured on the front page of The Coastal Star. View the original post on The Coastal Star’s website here.

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