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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!

  • “Everyone has ocean’s to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?”: 20Hrs. 40 Min. Our Flight In Friendship; Signed by Amelia Earhart

    Earhart, Amelia.

    20 Hrs. and 40 Min. Our Flight in the Friendship. The American Girl, First Across the Atlantic by Air, Tells Her Story.

    New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1928.

    First edition, second printing, published the same year as the first. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “To Mr. and Mrs. White with thanks for their kindness Amelia Earhart.”Also included as an autographed letter signed by Amelia Earhart to the same recipient dated 14 March 1929 to Mrs. White, “thanking her for hosting the pilot while in Texas, sending this book, and mentioning that she is still enjoying the fresh gladiolas and sweet peas.”  In very good condition with light rubbing. A warm inscription.

    Price: $2,200.00

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  • “Everyone has ocean’s to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?”: First Edition of Amelia Earhart's 20Hrs. 40 Min. Our Flight In Friendship; Inscribed by Her

    Earhart, Amelia.

    20 Hrs. and 40 Min. Our Flight in the Friendship. The American Girl, First Across the Atlantic by Air, Tells Her Story.

    New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1928.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “To Katherine Murrell with best wishes Amelia Earhart.” In very good condition with light rubbing.

    Price: $2,200.00

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  • “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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  • 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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  • 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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  • “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 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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  • "All good things-trout as well as eternal salvation-come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy": First Edition of A River Runs Through It; Signed by Norman MacClean

    MacLean, Norman.

    A River Runs Through It and Other Stories.

    Chicago: University of Chicago, 1976.

    First edition, first printing of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Norman Maclean on the front free endpaper.  Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket without the usual sunning to the spine. The first printing run was only 1577 copies.

    Price: $4,000.00

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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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  • First Edition of Frank Lloyd Wright's A Testament; Inscribed Twice by Frank Lloyd Wright

    Wright, Frank Lloyd.

    A Testament.

    New York: Horizon Press, 1957.

    First edition of the famed architect’s final book. Quarto, original cloth. Inscribed and dated by the author on the title page, “For Berry Frank Lloyd Wright 58.” Additionally initialed by Wright on the bottom right panel of the dust jacket. Also inscribed by Aaron Green on the front free endpaper to the same recipient, “With fond best wishes to Berry Xmas 1957 Aaron Green.” Green was a Wright protege, who worked on forty of Wright’s projects. A unique piece, signed twice by Wright and a well-known protege.

    Price: $2,800.00

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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

    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 with light rubbing.

    Price: $275.00

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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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  • Signed Limited Edition of A Time To Heal; Signed by Gerald R. Ford

    Ford, Gerald R.

    A Time To Heal: The Autobiography of Gerald R. Ford.

    Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press, 1987.

    Signed limited edition of the 38th president of the United States autobiography. Octavo, original red leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels. Signed by Gerald Ford on the half-title page. With a special introduction by Henry A. Kissinger. In fine condition.

    Price: $100.00

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  • First Edition of A Time To Heal; Signed by Gerald R. Ford

    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. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $300.00

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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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  • “This life is bizarre and unsound It looks clearer written down": First Edition of Albert Einstein: A Biographical Portrait; Inscribed by Albert Einstein with an original Four Line Poem

    Einstein, Albert) Anton Reiser.

    Albert Einstein: A Biographical Portrait.

    New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1930.

    First edition of this Einstein biography. Octavo, original cloth. Signed and inscribed by Albert Einstein on the front free endpaper and dated in 1931 with a four line unique poem in German entirely in his hand, which translates, “This life is bizarre and unsound It looks clearer written down the urgencies that in the dark are touched don’t frighten others very much.” The recipient was the wife of Leonor Michaelis, who was a German chemist, and physician, known primarily for his work with Maud Menten on enzyme kinetics and Michaelis–Menten kinetics in 1913. Fine in the rare original dust jacket with some chips and wear. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $10,000.00

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