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Raptis Rare Books maintains an extensive collection of rare and first-edition books from a variety of authors and publishers. Navigate through our full selection of first-editions below to find a particular item you're looking for, ask a question, or order online today!

  • “All the time you're saying to yourself, 'I could do that, but I won't,' — which is just another way of saying that you can't"; Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman; Inscribed by Richard Feynman

    Feynman, Richard P.

    “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” Adventures of a Curious Character.

    New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985.

    First edition, later printing of this collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “For Camille Durand, Richard Feynman.” An excellent near fine example in a near fine dust jacket. Rare signed and inscribed.

    Price: $4,000.00

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  • First Edition of 1,2,3 The Zoo; Signed by Eric Carle

    Carle, Eric.

    1,2,3 To The Zoo.

    Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, 1968.

    First edition. Thin quarto, original cloth. Signed by Eric Carle on the title page. Fine in near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a small chip on the front panel, and wear at the spine ends. The artist’s first solely authored and original picture book.

    Price: $3,000.00

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  • First Edition of David Mc Cullough's 1776; Signed by the Author

    McCullough, David.

    1776.

    New York: Simon and Schuster, 2005.

    First edition of David McCullough’s 1776. Octavo, original half-cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page.

    Price: $75.00

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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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  • "The truth, as always, will be far stranger": First Edition of 2001: A Space Odyssey; Inscribed by Arthur C. Clarke

    Clarke, Arthur C.

    2001: A Space Odyssey.

    New York: New American Library, 1968.

    First edition of the author’s most well-known work. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author. An excellent example in a near fine dust jacket that shows just a touch of wear. Housed in a custom clamshell box.

    Price: $2,450.00

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  • 2084: LA FIN DU MONDE; SIGNED BY BOUALEM SANSAL

    Sansal, Boualem.

    2084. La fin du monde.

    Paris: Gallimard, 2015.

    First edition, later printing. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Signed by Boualem Sansal on the title page. In fine condition.

    Price: $250.00

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  • Bolano, Roberto.

    2666.

    New York: FSG, 2008.

    First Edition of the author’s masterpiece published posthumously in English. Octavo. Original black cloth with title to the spine in red. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $75.00

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  • “DO NOT ALLOW DEFEAT TO EXTINGUISH YOUR DREAMS”: Signed Limited Edition of 41: A Portrait of My Father; Signed by Both George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush

    Bush, George W. & George H.W. Bush.

    41: A Portrait of My Father.

    New York: Crown Publishers, 2014.

    Signed limited first edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by George Bush and additionally signed by George H.W. Bush. Fine in a fine slipcase. Rare signed by both Presidents.

    Price: $1,200.00

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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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  • Saramago, Jose.

    A Bagagem Do Viajante: Cronicas.

    Lisboa: Ed. Futura, 1973.

    First Edition of this early collection of essays by the future Nobel Prize- winning author. Octavo. Good in wrappers, as issued. Inscribed and dated by the author. Uncommon.

    Price: $750.00

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  • “Things are always happening to me. I’m that sort of bear": Rare First Edition of A Bear Called Paddington; Inscribed by Michael Bond

    Bond, Michael; Illustrated by Peggy Fortnum .

    A Bear Called Paddington.

    London: Collins, 1958.

    First edition. Octavo, original red cloth. Inscribed by Michael Bond on the half title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the front panel and a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example of a book that is usually found well worn.

    Price: $7,200.00

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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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  • "The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it": First Edition of A Bend In The River; Signed by V.S. Naipaul

    Naipaul, V.S.

    A Bend in the River.

    London: Andre Deutsch, 1979.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page.

    Price: $1,250.00

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  • “We all remember what we need to remember”: First Edition of Joan Didion's A Book of Common Prayer; Signed by Her

    Didion, Joan.

    A Book of Common Prayer.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $150.00

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  • First Edition of A Book of Travellers' Tales; Signed by Eric Newby

    Newby, Eric.

    A Book of Travellers’ Tales.

    New York: Viking Press, 1985.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Eric Newby on the title page. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some closed tears.

    Price: $325.00

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  • First Edition of A Brave and Startling Truth; Inscribed by Maya Angelou

    Angelou, Maya.

    A Brave and Startling Truth.

    New York: Random House, 1995.

    First edition. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed and inscribed by the author, “______ Joy Maya Angelou." A poem read by Maya Angelou at the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

    Price: $225.00

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  • First Edition of Garet Garret's A Bubble That Broke the World

    Garrett, Garet.

    A Bubble That Broke the World.

    Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1932.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare dust jacket with a few small chips.

    Price: $450.00

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  • Signed Limited Edition of A Calendar of Saints for Unbelievers

    Wescott, Glenway.

    A Calendar of Saints for Unbelievers.

    Holland: Harrison of Paris, 1932.

    First edition signed limited. Octavo, original cloth, glassine wrapper, original slipcase. One of 760 signed copies by Glenway Wescott. Fine in a the original glassine wrapper. Slipcase is in near fine condition.

    Price: $400.00

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  • Jimmy Carter's A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power; Signed by Him

    Carter, Jimmy .

    A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014.

    First edition, later printing. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Jimmy Carter on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $50.00

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