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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!

  • "CANDY MAKING, AS A PASTIME FOR YOUNG FOLKS, IS NOT TO BE SURPASSED": FIRST EDITION OF AUNT BABBETTE'S HOME CONFECTIONERY

    Kramer, Bertha F.

    “Aunt Babette’s” Home Confectionery.

    Chicago and Cincinnati: Bloch Publishing & Printing Co, 1893.

    First edition of this early collection of confectionery recipes published as a companion to the author’s first book, Aunt Babette’s Cook Book, the first American Jewish cookbook to become a best-seller in 1889. Also published by Bloch Publishing Company, the oldest Jewish printing house in the United States, Aunt Babette’s Cook Book was perhaps so successful because of the extensive inclusion of non-Kosher recipes, reflecting the early assimilation tendencies of the 19th-century Reform Jewish movement.  Small octavo, original cloth. In good condition.

     

     

    Price: $3,800.00

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  • First Edition of Read My Lips No New Taxes; Signed by Ostrander and President George Bush

    Ostrander, Dan; Foreword by President Bush.

    “Read My Lips No New Taxes.”

    Oroville, California: Butte College Press, 1999.

    First edition of this work on the Bush administration. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Dan Ostrander and President George Bush on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover design by Patty Melron. Uncommon signed by President Bush.

    Price: $750.00

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  • “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, early printing of this collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and one of the greatest scientific minds of the twentieth century. 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. Jacket design by Mike McIver. Told to Ralph Leighton. Edited by Edward Hutchings.

    Price: $5,500.00

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  • First Edition of Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman; Signed 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 of this collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and one of the greatest scientific minds of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Richard Feynman on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by Mike McIver. Told to Ralph Leighton. Edited by Edward Hutchings. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed first editions are exceptionally rare and desirable.

    Price: $28,000.00

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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 Vanderbilt's Fifteen Thousand Miles Cruise With ARA; from the library of adventurer Steve Fossett with his bookplate

    Vanderbilt, William K.

    15,000 Miles Cruise With Ara.

    New York: Privately Printed, 1928.

    First edition of Vanderbilt’s record of his 15,000 cruise aboard the Ara throughout the Mediterranean and Near East. Octavo, bound in full pebbled morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, frontispiece engraving of the Ara at anchor, illustrated with photographs, folding map. From the Adventure and Exploration collection of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In near fine condition. A sharp example with noted provenance.

    Price: $975.00

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  • "In 1999, we will remember the twentieth century as the bloodiest and the best in the history of man": First signed limited edition of Richard Nixon's 1999: Victory Without War; Signed by Richard Nixon

    Nixon, Richard.

    1999: Victory Without War.

    New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988.

    Signed limited first edition of Nixon’s bestselling work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine. One of 600 copies signed by Richard Nixon, this is number 391. In fine condition. Housed in the original slipcase which is in fine condition.

    Price: $350.00

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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 edition of President George W. Bush’s “loving testimonial” to the life and legacy of his father, President George H.W. Bush. Octavo, original cloth, with 26 pages of color and black-and-white illustrations including two color frontispiece portraits. Signed by George Bush and additionally signed by George H.W. Bush. Fine in a fine slipcase. Rare signed by both Presidents.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • "Mathematical science, which is the only real science that the entire civilized world has agreed upon, furnishes unmistakable proof of history repeating itself and shows that the cycle theory": First Edition of W.D. Gann’s 45 Years in Wall Street

    Gann, William D. (W.D.).

    45 Years In Wall Street.

    Miami, FL: W.D. Gann Publishing, 1949.

    First edition of Gann’s classic 45 Years in Wall Street. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare in the original dust jacket.

    Price: $3,000.00

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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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  • “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 of this work, basis for the Academy award-winning film. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Sylvia Nasar and additionally signed by Nobel Laureate and subject John F. Nash on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Timothy Hsu.

    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 of Naipaul’s “brilliant novel” (The New York Times). Octavo, original cloth. Signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Tony Moore.

    Price: $1,250.00

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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 of Naipaul’s “brilliant novel” (The New York Times). Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For William with all good wishes V.S. Naipaul.” The recipient, William Marsden was a friend of Naipaul’s for many years. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Tony Moore.

    Price: $1,800.00

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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 of Naipaul’s “brilliant novel” (The New York Times). Octavo, original cloth. Signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page.  Contemporary name to the endpaper, near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Tony Moore.

    Price: $975.00

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

    Didion, Joan.

    A Book of Common Prayer.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977.

    First edition of Didion’s fourth book. Octavo, original half cloth. Warmly inscribed by Joan Didion in the year of publication on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Janet Halverson.

    Price: $750.00

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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: $275.00

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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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  • "You don’t have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily": First Edition of A Canticle For Leibowitz; Inscribed By Walter Miller, Jr.

    Miller Jr., Walter M.

    A Canticle For Leibowitz.

    Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1959.

    First edition of the author’s landmark novel. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Ben Best Regards Walter Miller Jr. 5-28-60.” Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books inscribed by Walter Miller Jr. are fairly uncommon, even more so in the year of publication.

    Price: $8,000.00

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