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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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What’s Brewing: New antique book store opens on Palm Beach

December 26th, 2016|Comments Off on What’s Brewing: New antique book store opens on Palm Beach

Raptis Rare Books has recently been featured on WPBF news on What’s Brewing with Stephanie Berzinski.

To see the full news video follow this link or view the video here:

Here is the transcript:

Worth Avenue on Palm Beach Island is known for its extravagant jewelry stores, but there’s a new shop along the luxury shopping lane, with shelves displaying literary gems that will excite history buffs, collectors and book lovers alike.

The antique books found at Raptis Rare Books may literally take someone’s breath away, and some of the prices might, too. A Shakespeare portfolio from 1685 is selling for $100,000. However, a book lover doesn’t have to be a millionaire to start their own collection. There are also other less exotic, but still very collectible titles available starting around $50.

Matthew Raptis is the owner. He recently moved his family and his bookstore collection from Vermont to South Florida.

“We thought Palm Beach was a perfect place to engage our global clientele. It’s a place that people travel to frequently,” Raptis said.

Raptis is a globetrotter himself. He’s been to more than 75 countries, buying and selling rare copies of the written word. He said there are three key things that make a book a literary gem.

“It […]

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ABAA News – Raptis Rare Books Moves to Palm Beach, Florida

December 12th, 2016|Comments Off on ABAA News – Raptis Rare Books Moves to Palm Beach, Florida

We have recently been featured in the ABAA news blog, The New Antiquarian by Rich Rennicks.

At a time when some brick and mortar antiquarian bookstores are closing their doors in favor of an internet-only presence, Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, of Raptis Rare Books, have gone against the grain and recently opened a rare bookstore on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. Worth Avenue, like Madison Avenue or Rodeo Drive, is synonymous with luxury brands and caters to an island that is home to the rich and famous, including the new President-elect, Donald Trump.

Raptis Rare Books had previously operated mainly as a catalog and online business out of a beautiful Italianate villa in Vermont, but Matthew Raptis wanted to have more interaction with his customers and allow people to come into greater contact with “these wonderful written works of art.”

The new gallery opened on November 1, but the grand-opening is being held until January 2017, when the holiday rush is past. “We’ve had an outstanding initial reception to the store,” Matthew commented. “People love the idea of something new and different on the Avenue and when they walk in they often talk about their love of the smell of old books and […]

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For Rare Book Lovers, This May Be Coolest New Shop on Worth Avenue

December 9th, 2016|Comments Off on For Rare Book Lovers, This May Be Coolest New Shop on Worth Avenue

By Barbara Marshall – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Posted: 7:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 (View the article on mypalmbeachpost.com here)

Every day, Matt Raptis holds Western civilization in his hands.

He can page through Captain James Cook’s illustrated account of his 18th century journeys to the South Pacific, follow Charles Darwin’s evolutionary reasoning in an original 1859 copy of “The Origin of Species” ($350,000), trace Don Quixote’s adventures in an edition printed in 1652 ($9,800) or decide what to cook for dinner from two volumes of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” signed by Julia Child herself ($5,500.)

 Or maybe just read “The Cat in the Hat” to his two young children, from an original printing inscribed by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) himself ($14,000.)

Just kidding.

Raptis’ books are too precious to be read casually; many of the pages too ancient and brittle for idle turning. The books he and his wife and business partner, Adrienne, have lovingly shelved behind glass doors at their newly-opened Raptis Rare Books on Worth Avenue are to rare book fans what a Van Gogh is to art collectors.

“It’s like a piece of art, but you have a personal connection to it,” said Adrienne. “A particular book may have […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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January 9th, 2017|Comments Off on The John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy Winter White House

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What’s Brewing: New antique book store opens on Palm Beach

December 26th, 2016|Comments Off on What’s Brewing: New antique book store opens on Palm Beach

Raptis Rare Books has recently been featured on WPBF news on What’s Brewing with Stephanie Berzinski.

To see the full news video follow this link or view the video here:

Here is the transcript:

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December 14th, 2016|Comments Off on The Florida Architecture of Addison Mizner

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ABAA News – Raptis Rare Books Moves to Palm Beach, Florida

December 12th, 2016|Comments Off on ABAA News – Raptis Rare Books Moves to Palm Beach, Florida

We have recently been featured in the ABAA news blog, The New Antiquarian by Rich Rennicks.

At a time when some brick and mortar antiquarian bookstores are closing their doors in favor of an internet-only presence, Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, of Raptis Rare Books, have gone against the grain and recently opened a rare bookstore on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. […]

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For Rare Book Lovers, This May Be Coolest New Shop on Worth Avenue

December 9th, 2016|Comments Off on For Rare Book Lovers, This May Be Coolest New Shop on Worth Avenue

By Barbara Marshall – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Posted: 7:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 (View the article on mypalmbeachpost.com here)

Every day, Matt Raptis holds Western civilization in his hands.

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