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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Holiday Gift Ideas This holiday season, we invite you to browse a carefully curated selection of exceptional gifts with the arrival of our Holiday 2018 Catalog. Highlights of the catalog include a first edition of Pope Leo XIII’s first Papal encyclical inscribed by him to the Empress of Austria, a rare Military Commission signed by President Abraham Lincoln, a finely bound Manuscript edition of the Writings of John Muir, a signed first edition of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, a signed first edition of Leonard Cohen’s Let Us Compare Mythologies and a signed limited first edition of Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince.
Fall 2018 – From Saint Augustine to Shel Silverstein We invite you to explore an exceptional selection of fine rare books and historic signed documents with the arrival of our new Fall 2018 catalog. Highlights of the catalog include a magnificent first edition of Saint Augustine’s monumental Of the Citie of God, an exceptionally rare Autograph Album Signed by Abraham Lincoln, one of the earliest obtainable examples of Homer’s landmark work The Odyssey, a scarce first edition of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, a rare Autograph Note Signed by Charles Darwin to fellow naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, a rare second edition of Theory of Games and Economic Behavior signed by John von Neumann, and a rare first edition of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends lengthily inscribed by him with a poem to his editor.