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If you are looking for rare or first edition biography or autobiography books look no further than Raptis Rare Books. From a first edition copy of George W. Bush’s A Portrait of My Father signed by both George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush to a copy of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol signed by John Irving Raptis Rare Books has the one of a kind biographies and autobiographies you have been searching for online. Browse through our entire collection of rare biographies and autobiographies below, view details about individual books and contact us to ask a question or find out more information!

  • “BUT I AM BORN HAPPY EVERY MORNING”: FIRST EDITION OF EDITH WHARTON’S A BACKWARD GLANCE

    Wharton, Edith.

    A Backward Glance: Reminiscences by Edith Wharton.

    New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1934.

    First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Bookplates to the inner gutter, near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a few small closed tears and light wear to the spine.

    Price: $300.00

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  • “People look to the order of numbers when the world falls apart": First Edition of A Beautiful Mind; Signed by Sylvia Nasar and John F. Nash

    Nasar, Sylvia; John F. Nash.

    A Beautiful Mind.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily inscribed by Sylvia Nasar and additionally signed by Nobel Laureate and subject John F. Nash. Fine in a fine dust jacket. This is the first example we have seen signed by Nash.

    Price: $3,200.00

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  • A Book About Myself; Signed by Theodore Dreiser

    Dreiser, Theodore.

    A Book About Myself.

    New York: Boni and Liveright Publishers, 1922.

    First edition, second printing. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Theodore Dreiser N.Y. Sept 1927.” In near fine condition.

    Price: $175.00

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  • First Edition Of Tennis Great Pete Sampras’ Autobiography; Signed By Him

    Sampras, Pete.

    A Champion’s Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis.

    New York: Crown Publishers, 2008.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by tennis great Pete Sampras on the half title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $150.00

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  • “a portrait of the Kennedy family as it looked then” : First Edition of Jim Bishop's A Day in the Life of President Kennedy; Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy

    Bishop, Jim (Jacqueline Kennedy).

    A Day in the Life of President Kennedy.

    New York: Random House, 1964.

    First edition of this Bishop’s account of a day in the life of President Kennedy. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by Jacqueline Kennedy.

    Price: $2,000.00

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  • Vargos Llosa, Mario.

    A Fish In The Water: A Memoir.

    New York: : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Mario Vargas Llosa on the title page. Review copy with material laid in. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $150.00

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  • First Edition Set of Winston Churchill’s Classic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples

    Churchill, Winston S.

    A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958.

    First British editions of each of the four volumes of this set. Octavo, 4 volumes, original cloth. Fine in near fine dust jackets with a touch of wear. Housed in a custom clamshell chemise case by Asprey. An exceptional presentation.

    Price: $2,800.00

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  • “One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present": First Edition of A land of our own: An oral autobiography; Signed by Golda Meir

    Meir, Golda.

    A Land of Our Own: An Oral Autobiography.

    New York: G.P. Putnam & Sons, 1973.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Golda Meir on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed.

    Price: $1,250.00

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  • Signed Limited Edition of John Kenneth Galbraith's A Life in our Times

    Galbraith, John Kenneth.

    A Life In Our Times.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981.

    Signed limited edition of John Kenneth Galbraith’s memoirs. One of 350 copies signed by Galbraith, this copy is number 94. Octavo, original blue cloth with titles to the spine in gilt, top edge gilt. Both the book and slipcase are in fine condition without wear.

    Price: $150.00

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  • Inscribed by John Kenneth Galbraith to Henry and Nancy Kissinger

    Galbraith, John Kenneth; Henry A. Kissinger.

    A Life In Our Times.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Henry and Nancy Kissinger, “For Nancy & Henry as a guide to those K volumes yet to come! With all good wishes J.K.G. 1981.” Galbraith and Kissinger were close friends, both civil servants and Harvard University professors, who played a vital role in the development of United States foreign policies in the 1960s-70s and beyond. Galbraith, working as United States ambassador to India in the Kennedy administration and Kissinger in the Nixon administration as Secretary of State. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An outstanding association copy linking these two giants of American history.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • First Edition of A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr.; Signed by Alvin Felzenberg

    Felzenberg, Alvin S.

    A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr.

    New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017.

    First edition of this “gracefully written and richly informative book” (Damon Linker, New York Times). Octavo, original boards. Signed by Alvin Felzenberg on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $75.00

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  • First Edition of Jimmy Carter's A Remarkable Mother; Signed by Him

    Carter, Jimmy.

    A Remarkable Mother.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008.

    First edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Jimmy Carter on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $40.00

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  • First Edition of John McPhee’s First Book A Sense of Where You Are: A Profile of Princeton’s Bill Bradley; Warmly Inscribed by Him In the Year of Publication

    McPhee, John.

    A Sense of Where You Are: A Profile of Princeton’s Bill Bradley.

    New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1965.

    First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, "For Hazel and Louis Landa I can hear you saying to one another: "Has he some quelque chose of his own upon the anvil?" "I expect it from him since poor Bradley helped to make him rich." With much affection, John McPhee December 25, 1965." Louis Landa was a close colleague of McPhee’s at Princeton, where he taught English and was also an authority on Jonathan Swift. Some sunning to the spine cloth, near fine in a bright near fine price-clipped dust jacket without the usual fading to the spine.

    Price: $1,750.00

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  • “The world, we are told, was made especially for man — a presumption not supported by all the facts": First Edition of John Muir's A Thousand-Mile Walk To the Gulf; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket

    Muir, John.

    A Thousand-Mile Walk To the Gulf.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916.

    First edition. Octavo, original green cloth, color pictorial cover label, lettered in white, top edge gilt. Edited with an introduction by William Frederic Badè. Illustrated with several plates from photographs, including a frontispiece portrait with tissue guard; map. In excellent condition in the original dust jacket with some chips and tears. First editions in the original dust jacket are exceptionally rare.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • First Edition of A Time To Heal; Signed by Gerald R. Ford and His National Security Adviser Henry A. Kissinge

    Ford, Gerald R.

    A Time To Heal.

    New York: Harper & Row, 1979.

    First edition of the 38th president of the United States’ autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Gerald Ford on the half-title page and additionally signed by Henry Kissinger on the half-title page. Kissinger served as Ford’s National Security Adviser and was secretary of state under Richard Nixon. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Desirable signed by both Ford and Kissinger.

    Price: $600.00

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  • Walesa, Lech.

    A Way of Hope: An Autobiography.

    New York: Henry Holt, 1987.

    First Edition of the Nobel Peace Prize recipient’s autobiography. Octavo. Original burgundy cloth with titles to the spine in silver. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author, “For ______ ______ Lech Walesa”.

    Price: $500.00

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  • First Edition of Abba Eban’s Autobiography; Warmly Inscribed By Him

    Eban, Abba.

    Abba Eban: An Autobiography.

    New York: : Random House, 1977.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author, “To ______ _______ in friendship Abba Eban New York 1981.” Near fine in a bright dust jacket with some toning the spine and light wear.

    Price: $200.00

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  • "The greatest real thrill that life offers is to create, to construct, to develop something useful. Too often we fail to recognize and pay tribute to the creative spirit. It is that spirit that creates our jobs": First Edition of Adventures of a White-Collar Man; Inscribed by Alfred P. Sloan

    Sloan, Alfred P.

    Adventures of a White-Collar Man.

    New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1941.

    First edition of the story of Alfred P. Sloan’s rise to become General Motors executive. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Alfred P. Sloan. Boldly signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “Alfred Sloan P. Sloan Jr New York July 22, 1964.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities. Written in collaboration with Boyden Sparkes. Introduction by Karl T. Compton. Scarce and desirable signed by Sloan.

    Price: $1,200.00

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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails

    Roosevelt, Theodore.

    African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.

    First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities.

    Price: $650.00

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  • “Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life" First Edition of Agony and Ecstasy; Inscribed by Irving Stone

    Stone, Irving.

    Agony and Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo.

    New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1961.

    First edition of 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. Jacket painting by Jack Keats and design by Sydney Butchkes. Rarely encountered signed and inscribed.

    Price: $500.00

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