• Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

English author Virginia Woolf was considered one of the greatest modernists of the 20th century. Woolf was born in London as Adeline Virginia Stephen by parents Julia and Leslie Stephen, a notable author, historian, and mountaineer. Her parents home-schooled her in a household of three children from three marriages total, as both parents had been previously married and widowed. Leslie’s prominence […]

By |April 21st, 2016|Authors, For the love of books, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

5 Highlights From Our Spring 2016 Catalog

From Darwin to Dalloway, our Spring 2016 Catalog offers an excellent collection of fine and rare books. In this collection, you’ll find landmark works in topics such as classic literature, children’s literature, sciences, travel, politics, and more. Some of these works include a rare, signed portrait of Charles Dickens and an extremely rare presentation copy of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. Here […]

By |April 6th, 2016|Authors, For the love of books, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on 5 Highlights From Our Spring 2016 Catalog
  • Raptis Rare Books – Advanced Book Exchange Featured Booksellers

Raptis Rare Books – Advanced Book Exchange Featured Booksellers

Deep in the southern Vermont countryside, you will find an ornate Italianate villa simply packed with sumptuous books worthy of any collector’s bookshelf. Welcome to Raptis Rare Books and the world of husband-and-wife bookselling team Matthew and Adrienne Raptis. 

Matthew and Adrienne specialize in fine first editions, signed and inscribed books, and books that are quite […]

By |March 25th, 2016|Creating a Collection, For the love of books, News, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on Raptis Rare Books – Advanced Book Exchange Featured Booksellers
  • Vellum Bindings

Vellum Bindings

Vellum refers to parchment made from calf skin that can be found on old and rare books. Very old Bibles were printed on it, and so was the Declaration of Independence. Vellum is not like calf leather in that it is not tanned, but it does vary in softness and smoothness based on the quality of […]

By |January 18th, 2016|First Edition Identification, For the love of books, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on Vellum Bindings
  • The World of James Bond

The World of James Bond

There is perhaps no fictional character more produced in writing and film than the suave, intelligent, and mysterious James Bond. After his time serving in the British Naval Intelligence Division during World War II, Ian Fleming took to Jamaica in 1952 and spent two months distracting himself from his upcoming betrothal to a pregnant fiancé by […]

By |December 17th, 2015|Authors, For the love of books, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on The World of James Bond
  • Books, Books, Books

Books, Books, Books

Books. Am I right?

 

They help you sleep at night.

 

They open doors to new worlds.

 

Doors you didn’t even know were there to be opened.

 

And sometimes windows too.

 

They light up the mind.

 

And create a foundation of knowledge.

 

And after all, knowledge is power.

 

Books answer life’s greatest questions.

 

The more you read, the more you keep reading.

 

Some might even say […]

By |October 7th, 2015|For the love of books|Comments Off on Books, Books, Books

75 Signs That You Might be a Bibliophile

I came across the following lengthy, but quite humorous list today of signs that you might be a bibliophile and I had to share it here. The person who wrote this is surely a bibliophile themselves. I hope you find this as amusing as I did.
1. You actually completed an English degree.
Only a true bibliophile […]

By |November 7th, 2010|For the love of books|Comments Off on 75 Signs That You Might be a Bibliophile
  • Happiness and the Friendship of Books

Happiness and the Friendship of Books

Last week I was at a bookstore and picked up a book titled, The Quest of Happiness by Newell Dwight Hillis. I opened the cover and saw that the bookstore owner had written a price of “$Free. Enjoy!’ What a great thing to find that the quest of happiness is free. The title is […]

By |November 3rd, 2010|For the love of books|Comments Off on Happiness and the Friendship of Books