• How to Create the Ultimate Home Library

How to Create the Ultimate Home Library

We have recently been featured in the Palm Beach Scout Guide and on their blog. This is what they have to say on their post:
HOW TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE HOME LIBRARY

It’s every book lovers dream to have a library in their own home. If you picture walking into your favorite room and having it filled […]

By |January 24th, 2018|Creating a Collection, Design, News|Comments Off on How to Create the Ultimate Home Library
  • Revisiting Raptis Rare Books

Revisiting Raptis Rare Books

We have recently been featured in Fine Books Magazine. Here is what they have to say:

So pleased to see the new print edition of the Raptis Rare Books catalogue, in which Matthew and Adrienne Raptis announce they’ve moved from Vermont to a glittering new gallery on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida. Raptis specializes in modern first editions, […]

By |November 26th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Revisiting Raptis Rare Books
  • 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
  • Robert and John F. Kennedy

Robert and John F. Kennedy

The famous Kennedy family first sailed to America from Ireland in 1849. Sometimes called the “Royal Family of America,” the Kennedy’s political influence began with P.J. Kennedy and was carried all the way through John F. Kennedy’s presidency, while his brothers Robert and Ted held positions as prominent senators. But while everyone knows the Kennedy’s in […]

By |January 10th, 2016|Authors, For the love of books, Prizes and Awards, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on Robert and John F. Kennedy
  • Edith Wharton and The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton and The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton was a distinguished novelist, writer, and designer that was well acquainted with other successful literates of her time, including Theodore Roosevelt. She wrote over 40 books in 40 years and, as a female author, broke through many social oppressions in the literary world. Her twelfth novel, The Age of Innocence, won the 1921 […]

By |December 30th, 2015|Authors, For the love of books, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on Edith Wharton and The Age of Innocence
  • 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
  • Rare Book Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Rare Book Gift Ideas for the Holidays

The holidays are upon us and this is your last chance to buy meaningful gifts for the loved ones in your life. There are many great gifts for readers, but for the rare book enthusiast in your life, making the right choice can be tricky. Here are some first edition novels, volumes, and autobiographies that […]

By |December 2nd, 2015|Authors, For the love of books, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on Rare Book Gift Ideas for the Holidays
  • The Complete Works of John Locke

The Complete Works of John Locke

John Locke, born August 29, 1632, was one of the greatest liberal minds of the Enlightenment. He fathered Classical Liberalism, a school of thought that departed from the idea of society as a family and took on the view of society as a mere mesh of its individuals, all of whom were innately cold, manipulative, […]

By |November 19th, 2015|Authors, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on The Complete Works of John Locke
  • Collecting Children’s Books

Collecting Children’s Books

April 2nd is the birthday of author Hans Christian Anderson and each year, people around the world celebrate International Children’s Book Day in his honor. We would like to take a moment to talk about collecting children’s books in light of this special day.

Children’s books are highly collectible. They’re immensely nostalgic for collectors, pleasantly reminding […]

By |April 2nd, 2013|Children's Literature, Creating a Collection|Comments Off on Collecting Children’s Books
  • Rare Books – a Meaningful and Unique Christmas Gift Idea

Rare Books – a Meaningful and Unique Christmas Gift Idea

We love Christmas here at Raptis Rare Books. I have to admit, our Pandora Christmas station is already playing and it probably will not stop until after the New Year. There is just something so magical about the holidays.

As the shopping season approaches though, its easy to get overwhelmed by the crowds at the […]

By |November 22nd, 2012|Creating a Collection, For the love of books|2 Comments