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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by Ginsberg, AllenNew York : McGraw-Hill Company , 1974 (click for more details)
Summer 2017 – From Machiavelli to The Maltese Falcon This catalog of fine and rare books features a wide array of antiquarian and modern first editions in various genres such as literature, history and world leaders, economics, religion and philosophy, golf, and exploration. Peruse these pages and you will unearth a first edition of John Locke’s Two Treatises on Government, a first edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, rare sheets from Allen Ginsberg’s The Howl that were produced for its initial reading, a first edition of the rare children’s book Harold and the Purple Crayon, and an inscribed first edition of Alcoholics Anonymous. From The Works or the Florentine Historie by Niccolo Machiavelli to a first edition of The Maltese Falcon in the rare dust jacket, we present to you this fine collection of books.
Spring 2017 - “From Vesalius to Vladimir Nabokov” We welcome you to peruse the pages of our Spring 2017 catalog of rare and antiquarian books. Highlights of the catalog include a rare first edition of Andreas Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septum published in 1543, an exceptionally rare signed first edition of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, a first edition of Gray’s Anatomy used in field surgery during the Civil War, and an exceedingly scarce first separate edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. You will also discover first editions of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, John Stuart Mill’s The Subjection of Women, a rare Charlotte Bronte Signature, Gandhi’s first edition of The Story of My Experiments with Truth, a first edition of Snow White inscribed by Walt Disney, Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, autographed Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson letters, and much more.