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Raptis Rare Books maintains an extensive selection of rare art books and rare books on architecture in our library. From autographed copies of Andy Warhol’s Exposures to an inscribed first edition copy of The Art of Walt Disney, we’re sure to have what you’re after. Browse through our entire collection below, view details about individual books and contact us to ask a question or find out more information!

  • First Edition of Tasha Tudor's A Book Of Christmas A Three Dimensional Book; Signed by Her

    Tudor, Tasha.

    A Book Of Christmas A Three Dimensional Book.

    New York: Philomel Books, 1979.

    First edition. Small quarto, original glossy boards. Signed “greetings Tasha Tudor.” In near fine condition.

    Price: $125.00

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  • A Short History of St Bartholomew's Hospital, Specially Bound on the Occasion of the 800th Anniversary of Its Foundation; From the Library of Edward, The Duke of Windsor

    Power, Sir D'Arcy and H.J. Waring.

    A Short History of St Bartholomew’s Hospital 1123-1923, Specially Bound on the Occasion of the 800th Anniversary of Its Foundation.

    London: Charles Whittingham and Griggs, Ltd, 1923.

    Elaborately bound presentation copy. Octavo, full tan morocco, elaborately gilt tooling to the spine, front and rear panels with black morocco inlays, cornerpieces of thistles and flowers, front panel with central crown and gilt medallion portraits of Rahere and Harvey, silk endpapers. Full-color frontispiece illustration of The Tomb of Rahere in the Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great, thirty-four black and white plates with tissue guards. Presentation plate to rear free endpaper, “Presented on the Occasion of the Eight Hundredth Anniversary of the Foundation of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. Stanmore, Treasurer. On Behalf of the Governor’s of the Hospital. June 1923.” From the Library of the Edward, The Duke of Windsor. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $1,800.00

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  • First Edition of Agony and Ecstasy; Inscribed by Irving Stone

    Stone, Irving.

    Agony and Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo.

    New York: Doubleday, 1961.

    First edition of Irving Stone’s classic biographical novel of Michaelangelo. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Fran and Manny Lewis because they love Italian art. Most cordially Irving Stone.” Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Rarely encountered signed and inscribed.

    Price: $500.00

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  • Etching of Albert Einstein by J.J. Muller; Signed by Both Muller and Einstein

    Einstein, Albert; Hermann Struck.

    Albert Einstein Signed Etching.

    1920.

    Etching of Albert Einstein done by German printmaker J.J. Muller in 1934. Signed by Muller and also signed by Albert Einstein on the lower right side. In fine condition. The etching measures 7 inches by 9 inches. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 17.75 inches by 21 inches. An exceptional piece.

    Price: $9,800.00

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  • Etching of Albert Einstein by Emil Orlik; Signed by Both Orlik and Einstein

    Einstein, Albert; Emil Orlik.

    Albert Einstein Signed Etching.

    1920.

    Engraved bust portrait of Albert Einstein by Emil Orlik. Inscribed by Albert Einstein in German, “To Alice sending it to her as a remembrance Albert.” Additionally signed by the artist, Emil Orlik on the lower right. The etching measures 10.5 inches by 14 inches. The entire piece measures

    Price: $9,500.00

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  • Large Lithograph of Nobel Peace Prize-Winner Albert Schweitzer; Signed by Him and Artist William Sharp

    Schweitzer, Albert; Artist William Sharp.

    Albert Schweitzer Signed Lithograph.

    Signed by the artist William Sharp in pencil. Inscribed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer, “A Mr John Zuber avec mes bonnes pensees Albert Schweitzer. Lambarene 13. Juin 1960.” The translation reads, “To Mr John Zuber with my good wishes Albert Schweitzer Lambarene 13th June 1960.” Schweitzer received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of “Reverence for Life”, expressed in many ways, but most famously in founding and sustaining the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, now in Gabon, west central Africa. The lithograph measures 14.5 inches by 11.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 22.5 inches. A unique piece, rare and desirable.

     

     

    Price: $4,800.00

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  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Signed by Salvador Dali

    Lewis Carroll (C. L. Dodgson); Illustrated by Salvador Dali.

    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

    New York: Maecenas Press & Random House, 1969.

    Folio, one of 2500 numbered copies, signed by Salvador Dali on the title page. With original etching in colors and 12 full page color plates by Dali. Loose as issued in original brown silk chemise decorated in gilt, tan leather-backed clamshell case with imitation bone clasps. In fine condition. An exceptional example.

    Price: $12,000.00

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  • alleverythingthatisyou; Signed by Both Starn Brothers

    Starn, Doug and Mike.

    alleverythingthatisyou.

    Aspen: Baldwin Gallery, 2006.

    First edition. Limited Edition 1 of 1,000 copies, this being number 265. Quarto. Fine in a fine dust jacket without wear. Original 8×8 print signed by both Starn brothers. Comes with the original envelope from the Starn brothers office.

    Price: $725.00

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  • First Edition of Vincent Scully's American Architecture and Urbanism; Signed by Him

    Scully, Vincent.

    American Architecture and Urbanism.

    New York: Praeger Publishers, 1969.

    First edition. Quarto, original cloth. Fine in an excellent dust jacket that shows some light wear to the extremities. Signed by the Vincent Scully on the title page.

    Price: $350.00

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  • “An idea is salvation by imagination”: Inscribed by Frank Lloyd Wright to his Granddaughter Anne Baxter

    Wright, Frank Lloyd; Edited by Edgar Kaufman.

    An American Architecture.

    New York: Horizon Press Inc, 1955.

    First editon. Quarto, original cloth. Inscribed by the author to his granddaughter Anne Baxter, “To Anne- with love from Grandfather F.L. Wright 59.” Anne Baxter was an American actress known for her performances in films such as The Magnificent Ambersons, The Razor’s Edge, All About Eve and The Ten Commandments. In near fine condition with light wear to the extremities. Also laid into this volume is an original black and white photograph. With a slipcase. An excellent association copy.

    Price: $4,000.00

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  • “A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary": First Edition of Andy Warhol's Exposures; Signed Three Times by Andy Warhol With A Drawing

    Warhol, Andy.

    Andy Warhol’s Exposures.

    New York: Andy Warhol Books / Grosset & Dunlap, 1979.

    First edition of Warhol’s candid and engaging photobook. Quarto, original cloth. Signed twice by Andy Warhol with a doodle of a heart on the half-title, and additionally signed by Warhol on the dust jacket. Fine in a very good dust jacket.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • “A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary": First Edition of Andy Warhol's Exposures; Signed Twice by Andy Warhol

    Warhol, Andy.

    Andy Warhol’s Exposures.

    New York: Andy Warhol Books/ Grosset & Dunlap, 1979.

    First edition of Warhol’s candid and engaging photobook. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Andy Warhol with a two doodles of a heart on the half-title, and additionally signed by Warhol on the dust jacket. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $2,000.00

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  • Kiefer, Anselm.

    Anselm Kiefer: The High Priestess.

    London: Thames & Hudson Ltd, 1989.

    First edition of the artist’s monumental work which comprises a bookcase filled with gigantic books made from lead: ‘. Folio, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $200.00

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  • Architecture + Process: Gehry Talks; Signed by Frank Gehry

    Gehry, Frank.

    Architecture + Process: Gehry Talks.

    New York: Rizzoli, 2005.

    First edition. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by Frank Gehry on the title page. Illustrated and with commentary by Gehry throughout.

    Price: $475.00

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  • First Edition of Architecture + Process: Gehry Talks; Signed by Frank Gehry

    Gehry, Frank.

    Architecture + Process: Gehry Talks.

    New York: Rizzoli, 1999.

    First edition. Oblong quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrations throughout. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Frank Gehry on the title page. Edited by Mildred Friedman. Essay by Michael Sorkin. Commentary by Gehry throughout.

    Price: $600.00

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  • First Edition of Baker Brownell and Frank Lloyd Wright's Architecture and Modern Life

    Brownell, Baker and Frank Lloyd Wright.

    Architecture and Modern Life.

    New York: Harpers and Brothers Publishers, 1937.

    First edition of this early work by Frank Lloyd Wright. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Illustrated with both line drawings and photographs, many of Wright’s ideas for his Broadacre City concept of urban planning are explored in this book. Rare in the original dust jacket.

    Price: $750.00

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  • “In art, immorality cannot exist. Art is always sacred”: Autograph Letter Signed by auguste rodin one day before the opening of his first and most important exhibition in paris, france

    Rodin, Auguste.

    Auguste Rodin Autograph Signed Letter.

    Autographed letter signed by August Rodin on Exposition A. Rodin Place de l’Alma letterhead. In full: “Hui madame, Oui demain matin l’exposition vers 11 heures. Je serai bonne heure de vour in. Affectueusement,  Rodin” which translates as: “Dear Madame, Yes, tomorrow morning the exposition starts at 11 am. At the right moment, I will see it. Affectionately, Rodin.” Written the day before the opening of Rodin’s first solo exhibition in France at the Pavillion de l’Alma in Paris, a space specially built for the exhibition in 1900 to coincide with the Exposition Universelle, or Paris World Fair. Matted and framed with a photograph portrait of Rodin and one of his clay-sculpted female nudes. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 20.75 inches.

     

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • “Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further”: KEITH HARING AUTOGRAPH SIGNED NOTE

    Haring, Keith.

    Autograph Note Signed By Keith Haring.

    Autograph note signed by Keith Haring with his address and phone number, “Keith Haring 676 Broadway NYC 10012 212-228-4096 Send me your picture – Keith” on personal stationary featuring his ‘Radiant Baby’ image. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 12.5 inches by 15.5 inches.

    Price: $2,200.00

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  • Signed by Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect Norman Foster

    Foster, Norman; Ai Weiwei.

    Becoming: Images of Beijing’s Air Terminal 3.

    London: Ivorypress and Timezone 8, 2008.

    First edition. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Signed by Norman Foster on the title page. In fine condition, without a dust jacket as issued.

    Price: $475.00

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  • First Edition of Blurred Zones; Inscribed by Architect Peter Eisenman

    Eisenman, Peter.

    Blurred Zones: Eisenman Architects 1988-1988.

    New York: Monacelli Press, 2003.

    First edition. Folio, original gray cloth. Inscribed by architect Peter Eisenman. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $350.00

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