Rare Book Videos

Learn more about some of the rare books we have available at Raptis Rare Books. Owner Matthew Raptis explains some of the history behind these classic works and some of the first edition issue points.

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Rare First English Edition of Saint Augustine’s Citie of God.

Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Fourth Folio.

First Edition of Von Neumann and Morgenstern’s classic work, Theory of Games and Economic Behavior.

First Edition Frank Herbert’s classic novel, Dune, inscribed by him.

First Edition of Where the Wild things Are signed by Maurice Sendak with a drawing of Mickey Mouse


Inscribed First Edition of Albert Einstein’s the Evolution of Physics

Signed First Edition of William Goldman’s The Princess Bride

Highly desirable Inscribed First Edition of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow.


Rare First Edition of J.D. Salinger’s first novel, Catcher in the Rye in the original dust jacket.


Unique Signed First Edition of Bobby Jones’ Down the Fairway: The Golf Life and Play of Robert T. Jones, Jr.


Rare First Edition of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick; or, The Whale.


First Edition of The Talented Mr. Ripley; Signed by Patricia Highsmith.


Rare first edition of John Steinbeck’s first book Cup of Gold; in the original publisher’s glassine.



Rare First English Edition of The Works of Aristotle, Translated by Thomas Taylor


Rare Second English Edition of the First Part of Cervantes’ Don Quixote de la Mancha


Rare First Edition of Mary Poppins, signed by P.L. Travers


Rare First English Edition of Dumas’ The Count of Monte-Cristo, in the rare original cloth


First Edition of Andreas Vesalius’ Magnum Opus, De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septum; On the Fabric of the Human Body in seven books


1493 First Edition of the monumental piece “Nuremberg Chronicles” Liber Chronicarum


First Edition of Human Action: A Treaties on Economics; Inscribed by Ludwig Von Mises


First Edition of Goldfinger; Warmly inscribed by Ian Fleming


Signed Limited Edition of Saint-Exupery’s Le Petite Prince; one of 260 Numbered Copies


First Edition of a children’s classic Cat and the Hat; Inscribed by Dr. Seuss



First Edition of Ayn Rand’s Magnum Opus The Fountainhead; Inscribed and dated


Signed First Edition of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Signed First Edition of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

First Edition of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick

Signed First Edition of The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Lord of the Flies First Edition by William Golding

First edition of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Signed First Edition of Pierre Boulle’s Planet Of The Apes

The Godfather Inscribed First Edition by Mario Puzo

First Edition of The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek

The Great Gatsby Inscribed Modern Library First Edition