Rare & Classic, American or English Literature Books for Sale Online
If you’re interested in rare or antique books including rare literature, rare classic, American or English literature, Raptis Rare Books has a lot to offer you. Browse through our entire collection of rare literature below, search our use our sorting tools to find exactly what you’re looking for, call with any questions you may have on a specific item or order online today!
- Browse All
- Art and Architecture
- Biography and Autobiography
- Children's Books
- Economics and Finance
- Fine Bindings and Sets
- First Edition
- Food and Wine
- Gifts - For Her
- Gifts - For Him
- Gifts - Graduation and Celebrations
- Gifts - Holidays
- History, Law, and Politics
- New Arrivals
- Presidents and World Leaders
- Science and Natural History
- Science Fiction and Mystery
- Signed & Autographed Books
- Sports and Leisure
- Travel and Exploration
"The truth, as always, will be far stranger": First Edition of 2001: A Space Odyssey; Inscribed by Arthur C. Clarke
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.
"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
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.
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.
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.
"You dont 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.
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.
Norwalk, CT: New Directions, 1954.
First edition. Small octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear.
New York: Modern Library, 1995.
First Modern Library edition of Dickens’ classic work, with an introduction by John Irving. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Irving on the title page. Light staining to the page edges in a very good dust jacket.
Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1843.
First American edition of Dickens’ classic work, A Christmas Carol. Small octavo, bound in contemporary three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine label, marbled endpapers, with colored illustrations, eight illustrations in all, the frontispiece plate is “Mr. Fezziwig’s Ball,” as in the first London edition. In near fine condition.
First Edition of John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces; Signed by Walker Percy
Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1980.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Walker Percy on the title page, who wrote the foreword and upon his insistence had it published. Near fine in near fine first issue dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Ed Lindlof. A very nice example, uncommon signed.
John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces; Signed by Thelma Ducoing Toole
Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1980.
Fifth printing of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Lenthily inscribed by the author’s mother on the front free endpaper, “December 10, 1981 Appreciation and Regards from John Kennedy Toole’s Mother, Thelma Ducoing Toole, to Dear Chip Ford.” Foreword by Walker Percy. Fine in near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Ed Lindlof. A very nice example, uncommon signed.
Garden City: Doubleday, 1941.
First edition. Octavo, original orange cloth. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “To Bobbie Sumner Cutler with many good wishes- and good luck Eudora Welty December, 1941”. In very good condition in a dust jacket with some a chip to the foot of the spine.
London: Oxford University Press, 1963.
First edition of the Soyinka’s first book. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued. Signed by Wole Soyinka on the title page. In near fine condition.
A Dance to the Music of Time: A Question of Upbringing; A Buyer’s Market; The Acceptance World; At Lady Molly’s; Casanova’s Chinese Restaurant; The Kindly Ones; The Valley of Bones; The Soldier’s Art; The Military Philosophers; Books do Furnish a Ro
London: William Heinemann, 195, 1–75..
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed Dance to the Music of Time series. Octavo, 12 volumes. The first volume is near fine in a very good dust jacket. The other volumes are near fine to fine in excellent dust jackets that only show light wear. A very attractive set.
New York: Bantam, 2011.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the George R.R. Martin on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"We will all go mad before you": First Edition of Edward Albees Pulitzer-Prize Winning Play A Delicate Balance; Signed by Him
New York: Atheneum, 1966.
First edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Edward Albee on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"THE MOST AMAZING, ENDURING AND ENDEARING ONE-MAN FEAT": FIRST EDITION OF JOHNSONS LANDMARK DICTIONARY
A Dictionary of the English Language: In Which The Words are deduced from their Originals, And Illustrated in their Different Significations By Examples from the best Writers. To Which Are Prefixed, A History of the Language, And An English Grammar.
London: : Printed by W. Strahan, for J. & P. Knapton, et al., 1755.
First edition of Samuel Johnson’s dictionary of the English language. Folio, 2 volumes. Bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, raised bands, gilt titles, black spine labels. In very good condition with owner inscription on title head, title of volume one conserved, occasional light toning.
London: W.H. Allen, 1978.
First edition of the author’s most well known work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, who has added a line from this work, “We must endure, we must survive. Andre Brink.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Bob Haberfield.