Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in fine first editions, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. We have distinguished ourselves by having a reputation for handling unique and important books that are in exceptional condition. From the moment each work is published a unique story unfolds. It is not only the story told on the pages, but the story of readers’ lives changed forever by the words on those pages. Reader by reader, page by page, the impact of each book on all of society is a story in and of itself worth telling. Indeed, we become a part of the story by holding the first edition, which may have been held by the author, given to friends and associates, or held by other men and women of influence. It is our pleasure to make you a part of these stories, by rendering tailored, individualized service to help you achieve your goals. We specialize in working with private collectors with a specific wish list, helping individuals find the ideal gift for special occasions, and partnering with representatives of institutions. We are here to assist you in your pursuit and to be your guide in bringing the library of your imagination to reality.
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Raptis Rare Books Holiday 2017 Catalog This holiday season, we invite you to browse a carefully curated selection of exceptional gifts with the arrival of our Holiday 2017 Catalog of fine and rare books. Highlights of the catalog include a rare first edition, first issue set of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Books, a rare complete first edition set of Captain James Cook’s Voyages including the scarce atlas, a first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tales of the Jazz Age in the scarce dust jacket, first editions of A.A. Milne’s Winnie-The-Pooh books in the original dust jackets with Now We Are Six signed by him, a first press vinyl of Hootenanny Special signed by both Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, and a large signed photograph of Babe Ruth playing golf with four Massachusetts politicians.
Fall 2017 - From Dante to Dylan We are pleased to announce the arrival of our Autumn 2017 catalog of fine and rare books. Within its pages you will discover a rare first edition of The Private Life of the Late Benjamin Franklin; a rare first edition of Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn’s landmark paper, A Protocol for Network Intercommunication, which established the basic concept of the internet; an original file folder containing a copy of The Catcher in the Rye sent by J.D. Salinger to his personal friend addressed in his hand; a rare first edition of Rhapsody In Blue inscribed by George Gershwin; an inscribed first edition of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpiece A Farewell to Arms; and an exceptionally rare first edition of the children’s classic Mary Poppins signed by P.L. Travers. From The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri to the Writings and Drawings of Bob Dylan, we welcome you to explore our newest arrivals and collection highlights.