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Browse the entire Raptis Rare Book collection of rare, vintage and first edition science and natural history books online. With an extremely diverse collection of rare science and natural history books such as a signed first edition copy of Thomas Edison’s A Million and One Nights: A History of the Motion Picture Raptis Rare Books is sure to have the vintage science or natural history book you are looking for. Browse through our entire collection online below, add a product to your wish list, ask any questions about a specific product or order online today!

  • 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.

    Later printing. 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.

    Price: $4,000.00

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  • SIGNED BY ROGER TORY PETERSON

    Peterson, Roger Tory.

    A Field Guide Art of Eastern Birds.

    Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992.

    First edition. Folio, original cloth. Signed by Roger Tory Peterson on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $200.00

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  • Signed Limited Edition of Thomas Edison's A Million and One Nights: A History of the Motion Picture

    Edison, Thomas Alva & Terry Ramsaye.

    A Million and One Nights: A History of the Motion Picture.

    New York: Simon and Schuster, 1927.

    Signed Limited edition, one of 327 copies. Quarto, original half pigskin over boards, top edge gilt, 2 volumes. Signed by Thomas Edison on the limitation page and additionally signed by Ramsaye. Illustrated with numerous photographic plates. Some staining to lower section of spines, some rubbing and edgewear to boards, a very good set. Copies of the limited edition were also bound in cloth, this is the more uncommon leather bound edition.

    Price: $4,500.00

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  • Rare First Edition of Cerf and Kahn's A Protocol for Packet Network Intercommunication; Signed twice by Each

    Cerf, Vinton G. and Robert E. Kahn .

    A Protocol for Packet Network Intercommunication.

    New York: IEEE, 1974.

    First edition of this landmark paper. IEEE Transactions and Communications, Volume Com-22, Number 5, May 1974, pages 589–733. Quarto, original wrappers. Signed by both Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn on the front panel and also at their contribution in the article. In near fine condition with some light touch up to the front panel, rebacked. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Rare, especially signed.

    Price: $18,500.00

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  • First Edition of this "classic work of outdoor literature, rivaling Thoreau's Walden" A Sand County Almanac; Lengthily Inscribed by Estella Leopold

    Leopold, Aldo; Estella Leopold.

    A Sand County Almanac.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1949.

    First edition, first issue of this landmark in the conservation movement. Octavo, original cloth with titles and tooling to the front panel in silver. A lengthy inscription from Estella Leopold on the front free endpaper which reads, “Perhaps every youth needs an occasional wilderness trip, in order to learn the meaning of this particular freedom.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips to the spine crown and overall wear. Rare, especially with such a nice inscription.

    Price: $4,500.00

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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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  • First Edition of A Window on Eternity: A Biologist's Walk Through Gorongosa National Park; Signed by Edward O. Wilson

    Wilson, Edward O.

    A Window on Eternity: A Biologist’s Walk Through Gorongosa National Park.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014.

    First edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page, who has drawn a picture of an ant. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $150.00

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  • Etching of Albert Einstein by J.J. Muller; Signed by Both Muller and Einstein

    Einstein, Albert; Hermann Struck.

    Albert Einstein Signed Etching.

    1920.

    Etching of Albert Einstein done by German printmaker J.J. Muller in 1934. Signed by Muller and also signed by Albert Einstein on the lower right side. In fine condition. The etching measures 7 inches by 9 inches. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 17.75 inches by 21 inches. An exceptional piece.

    Price: $9,800.00

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  • Silver Gelatin Print of Albert Einstein; Signed and dated by Him

    Einstein, Albert.

    Albert Einstein Signed Photograph.

    1952.

    Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” on the lower left hand corner. Some light spotting and surface wear. The signature is lightly smudged. The photograph measures 8 inches by 12 inches. The entire piece is 12.5 inches by 15 inches. Matted and framed.

    Price: $9,200.00

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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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  • SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF ALBERT EINSTEIN’S "ONE AND ONLY INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY": SIGNED AND DATED BY HIM

    Einstein, Albert.

    Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist.

    Evanston: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949.

    Signed limited first edition, one of 760 copies signed and dated “Albert Einstein ‘49.” Octavo, original brown cloth, top edge gilt, original slipcase. The book is in fine condition, the slipcase is in very good condition shows some rubbing. Edited by Paul Arthur Schhilpp. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $12,000.00

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  • SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF ALBERT EINSTEIN’S "ONE AND ONLY INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY": SIGNED AND DATED BY HIM; IN THE ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S CARDBOARD

    Einstein, Albert.

    Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist.

    Evanston: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949.

    Signed limited first edition, one of 760 copies signed and dated “Albert Einstein ‘49.” Octavo, original brown cloth, top edge gilt, original slipcase. The book is in fine condition, the slipcase is in fine condition. Housed in the original publisher’s cardboard. An absolute pristine example, which has been stored in the original cardboard box since publication. Edited by Paul Arthur Schilpp. Rare and desirable in this condition.

    Price: $16,000.00

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  • "SURGICAL ANATOMY IS, TO THE STUDENT OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY, THE MOST ESSENTIAL BRANCH OF ANATOMICAL SCIENCE": Rare First Edition of Gray's Anatomy

    Gray, Henry.

    Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical (Gray’s Anatomy).

    Philadelphia: Blanchard and Lea, 1859.

    First edition. Quarto, original calf, rebacked. Notations on the front free endpaper by Dr. Winslow Brown, who notes his use of this book during the Civil War at Camp Dennison Hospital, which at one point was administering to 2,300 sick or injured soldiers. His penciled notes on brain size in relation to intelligence on rear blank. A rare first edition of this immensely influential work, with an interesting Civil War-related provenance.

    Price: $4,600.00

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  • First Edition of “an astonishing literary achievement” Anthill; Signed by Edward O. Wilson With A Drawing of an Ant

    Wilson, Edward O.

    Anthill.

    New York: W.W. Norton , 2010.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page, who has also added a drawing of an ant. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $175.00

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  • FIRST EDITION OF THE ANTS; SIGNED BY EDWARD O. WILSON WITH A DRAWING OF AN ANT

    Wilson, Edward O. & Bert Holldobler.

    Ants.

    Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press/ Harvard University Press, 1990.

    First edition. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page, who has also drawn an ant. Small inscription on the half title page, fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelf wear.

    Price: $775.00

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  • First Edition of Apollo; Signed by Alan Bean and Inscribed by John Glenn

    Bean, Alan with Andrew Chaikin; Introduction by John Glenn.

    Apollo: An Eyewitness Account.

    Shelton, CT: Greenwich Workshop Press, 1998.

    First edition. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Alan Bean on the title page. Additionally inscribed by John Glenn on the title page; who contributed the introduction to this volume. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $750.00

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  • First Edition of An Appetite For Wonder; Signed by Richard Dawkins

    Dawkins, Richard.

    Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist.

    London: Bantam Press, 2013.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Richard Dawkins on the title page.

    Price: $100.00

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  • “As Sickness is the greatest misery, so the greatest misery of sickness, is solitude": First Edition of Awakenings; Signed by Oliver Sacks

    Sacks, Oliver.

    Awakenings.

    London: Duckworth, 1973.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Oliver Sacks on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $975.00

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  • First Edition of Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journey; Inscribed by Astronaut Michael Collins

    Collins, Michael.

    Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journey.

    New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1974.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Pamela Friedman Enjoyed working with you at the Air and Space Museum- Michael Collins.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $1,500.00

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