• The Works and Philosophy of Ayn Rand

The Works and Philosophy of Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand wrote in her most famous work, Atlas Shrugged, “My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”

This quote aptly defines Rand’s philosophy which she named […]

By |November 10th, 2017|Authors, First Edition Identification, Literature, Science and Philosophy|Comments Off on The Works and Philosophy of Ayn Rand
  • Leo Tolstoy: Russian Literary Icon

Leo Tolstoy: Russian Literary Icon

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy was a leader in realist fiction in the late nineteenth century and is still considered one of the greatest authors to come out of that era. Born in Russia in 1828, Tolstoy suffered the loss of both his parents at a young age but would later turn those […]

By |October 2nd, 2017|Literature, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on Leo Tolstoy: Russian Literary Icon
  • The Works of Winston S. Churchill

The Works of Winston S. Churchill

Considered to be one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, British statesman Winston S. Churchill served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom throughout the Second World War and was one of the most prolific writers to chronicle it.  A non-academic historian, writer and artist, Churchill won the Nobel Prize in […]

By |August 15th, 2017|For the love of books, History, Literature, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on The Works of Winston S. Churchill
  • In The News – Speaking volumes: You’re bound to be drawn to this Worth Avenue antiquarian bookstore

In The News – Speaking volumes: You’re bound to be drawn to this Worth Avenue antiquarian bookstore

The following article was recently featured on the front page of The Coastal Star. View the original post on The Coastal Star’s website here.

By Ron Hayes

“I was a unique child,” Matthew Raptis remembers. “My parents did not allow me to have video games, so I read books and played outside.”
Reading gave Raptis a love of books. […]

By |August 8th, 2017|Creating a Collection, For the love of books, Literature, News, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on In The News – Speaking volumes: You’re bound to be drawn to this Worth Avenue antiquarian bookstore
  • The Literary Lives of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The Literary Lives of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh

American aviators Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh are most recognized for the unprecedented and record-making intercontinental flights they braved in the early 20th century. The life of  adventure and tragedy they shared inspired both Charles and Anne to publish a number of books including detailed autobiographical accounts of their travels and, in their later years, novels […]

By |August 7th, 2017|Authors, Exploration and Adventure, History, Literature, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on The Literary Lives of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • The Story of Dr. Seuss

The Story of Dr. Seuss

American children’s author and illustrator Theodore Seuss Geisel produced some of the most popular children’s books of all time under the pen name Dr. Seuss. Although most recognized for his vivid and original drawing style, Geisel’s works also carried a complexity that went beyond the function of entertaining children; many of his works had an […]

By |July 31st, 2017|Authors, Children's Literature, Literature, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on The Story of Dr. Seuss
  • The Works of Zora Neale Hurston

The Works of Zora Neale Hurston

Best known for her raw and vivid portrayal of the racial struggles that defined the American south of the early 20th century, African-American novelist Zora Neale Hurston’s work now holds a unique place in the canon of American literature, despite the fact that much of her work went unrecognized during her lifetime.

Born one of eight […]

By |July 10th, 2017|Authors, For the love of books, Literature, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on The Works of Zora Neale Hurston
  • In The News – The Raptis Rare Books Collection is a Palm Beach Bibliophile’s Dream

In The News – The Raptis Rare Books Collection is a Palm Beach Bibliophile’s Dream

Raptis Rare Books was recently featured in Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine. View the full article here.
The Raptis Rare Books Collection is a Palm Beach Bibliophile’s Dream

by Mary Murray

 The ultimate library for Palm Beach bibliophiles has set up shop on Worth Avenue. Matthew Raptis started his company, Raptis Rare Books, 16 years ago with the goal of turning […]

By |May 26th, 2017|News, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on In The News – The Raptis Rare Books Collection is a Palm Beach Bibliophile’s Dream
  • Women Authors of Young Adult Speculative and Science Fiction – Part II

Women Authors of Young Adult Speculative and Science Fiction – Part II

This week we invite you to continue exploring the works of the women who define contemporary young adult speculative and science fiction, a topic we began to discuss in Women Authors of Young Adult Speculative and Science Fiction – Part I. With novels topping the New York Times Best Seller list for months at a […]

By |March 17th, 2017|Authors, Children's Literature, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on Women Authors of Young Adult Speculative and Science Fiction – Part II
  • Women Authors of Young Adult Speculative and Science Fiction – Part I

Women Authors of Young Adult Speculative and Science Fiction – Part I

Women authors have historically played a significant role in the literary sub-genre of young adult speculative and science fiction. Truly emerging as a genre in the mid 1960’s with the publication of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, the genre has evolved to include such contemporary authors as Suzanne Collins and J.K. Rowling, whose novels […]

By |February 18th, 2017|Authors, Children's Literature, For the love of books, Literature, Science Fiction|Comments Off on Women Authors of Young Adult Speculative and Science Fiction – Part I